89 points

Staphyle 2006 Roble Reserva Malbec (Argentina)

More subtle than your average full-force Malbec. This one runs heavy on the cedar, tobacco and rooty characteristics more so than black fruit and power, but there’s ripe raspberry and chocolate to satisfy anyone seeking fruit and richness. A definite warm-climate wine, but it’s restrained and traditional in style. I…  — M.S.   Published 12/31/2010
85 points

Staphyle 2008 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina)

Opens with minty aromas, molasses, prune, fern and chocolate. The mouth is round but tannic, with mouthfilling, heavy flavors of stewed black fruits, herbs and earth. A solid wine but it’s short on brightness and seems kind of stocky and baked.  — M.S.   Published 12/31/2010
83 points

Staphyle 2009 Vástago de Gea Sauvignon Blanc (Argentina)

A bit sweaty smelling, with pinched grapefruit aromas and distant citrus. The flavors say generic apple and lime, and there’s a flatness to it. It’s a little sugary as well. OK for a wine with pronounced low acidity.  — M.S.   Published 12/31/2010
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82 points

Staphyle 2008 Vástago de Gea Malbec (Luján de Cuyo)

Smells brambly, sour and muddy, and that’s a fair indicator of what’s to come. The palate is astringent and seemingly acidified, and the wine’s core plum and berry flavors are weedy and murky. Not very appealing.  — M.S.   Published 12/31/2010
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80 points

Staphyle 2008 Vástago de Gea Cabernet Sauvignon (Luján de Cuyo)

Murky, stewy, soupy aromas deliver little to no freshness or fruit, while the palate is tannic and tastes bitter, mildly weedy and minty. Seems roasted and devoid of quality. Unclean and unimpressive.  — M.S.   Published 12/31/2010
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