Pulenta Estate 2010 Gran X Malbec (Mendoza)
Ripe blackberry, cassis and refined wood are the key aromas on this fruit-forward, slightly grapy Malbec that’s full and jammy on the palate, with big, bold flavors of boysenberry, chocolate and spices. There’s not a ton of nuance to this bruiser, which finishes with toast and chocolate flavors and a rich residual…
Pulenta Estate 2006 Gran Corte VII Red (Mendoza)
Very impressive for a blend of Malbec, Cabernet and Merlot. Starts with a rich, bacony nose that brings cassis and blackberry, while the palate is saturated, big and layered, with wild raspberry, chocolate and spice flavors. It touches all the bases while maintaining a rich, almost syrupy mouthfeel. Drink now…
Pulenta Estate 2007 I Malbec (Mendoza)
The nose offers a fine mix of floral berry, dusty earth and classic Malbec richness, while the palate is juicy, balanced and tastes of cassis, blackberry, fresh plum, cracked pepper and baking spices. Full and long on the finish, and overall it’s right where you want it to be. Drink now through 2011.
Pulenta Estate 2008 Gran Malbec (Luján de Cuyo)
Tight and deep, with leather, dried cheese and full berry aromas. The palate is jammy and lush in feel, with roasted, mile-deep berry and licorice flavors. A fine Malbec that’s easy to drink and black in style; the finish runs long and solid as berry fruit and toasty oak hold court. Drink now through 2013.
Pulenta Estate 2009 I Malbec (Mendoza)
Sweet on the bouquet, with aromas of coffee, mocha, berry jam and cherry extract. Broad and saturated on the palate, with ripe blackberry, cassis and chocolaty flavors. Finishes smooth and easy, with ripe tannins. Very nice but ordinary as full-bodied, extracted Malbecs go.
Pulenta Estate 2008 La Flor Malbec (Mendoza)
Bold and earthy wine, with aromas of fine rubber, balsam wood, forest floor, spice and ripe black fruit. It’s thick as it rolls over the palate, and the wild berry, herb and pepper flavors fit the wine’s physique and profile. Long and fairly deep on the finish; drink now through 2011.
Pulenta Estate 2008 Gran Corte VII Red (Mendoza)
On the bouquet it leans toward ripe and heady but there’s also a strong herbal and tomato element that creates a green element. Feels full but choppy and tannic, with berry, tomato and spice flavors. Feels warm on the finish, with herbal shadings. Drink now; Malbec with Cab Sauvignon, Merlot, Cab Franc and Petit Verdot.
Pulenta Estate 2007 VIII Chardonnay (Luján de Cuyo)
With a nutty nose of popcorn, baked apple and almonds, this is a classy wine that avoids the all-too-frequent dead weight that mars the majority of Argentina’s white wines, especially Chardonnay. Juicy and tastes of pineapple, mango, banana and vanilla. Not mealy or chunky; handles its oak and warm-weather pedigree well.