2015 Tapiz "Alta Collection" Malbec Mendoza

SKU #1417331 94 points James Suckling

 Very floral and fruity with spice, walnut and perfume character. Medium to full body, refined, and polished. Lovely balanced and sophistication. Drink now. (JS)  (6/2017)

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Tapiz is one of the most renowned and awarded Argentine wineries, made even more famous by the hiring of winemaker Jean-Claude Berrouet in 2012, recently retired from Petrus after 44 vintages at the revered Bordeaux château. To celebrate his addition to the team, Tapiz created a new "Alta Collection" line of wines using fruit that comes solely from Tapiz's sustainably farmed San Pablo vineyard in the Uco Valley. San Pablo is one of the highest-altitude vineyards in Mendoza (4,600 feet above sea level). This extreme altitude provides for warm days that impart concentration to the grapes, and cold nights that give natural acidity.


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By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/20/2019 | Send Email
Let me be up front, I’ve never been a fan of most Argentinian under $20 Malbec, just not my thing, however this wine seemed to break out of that mold for me. The nose has broad, I can’t seem to get out of the music analogy, this wine has a lot of bass notes. On the palate is where I usually get put off by a sweetish, fruit character but this wine doesn’t have that overt sweetness it actually has very good balance. The finish tries to stay more Bordeaux like than new world and mostly succeeds. A good value for the price.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/16/2019 | Send Email
What has really jumped out to me about Malbec is how pretty it can be. My earliest exposures, like almost everyone else, were to the simple, ripe, maybe a little oaky, maybe a touch reduced, with a little spice, everyday bargain Malbec. I know that I have changed since that introduction, but so has Malbec. The varietal is super charming, with bright fruit, floral notes, easy tannins, and just a hint of that spice. This wine is that reminder. Showing dark berry aromas that have an almost violet-like floral lift, it is medium-full bodied, with richness, but it is not heavy. The lifted fruit is balanced with enough tannin and just a hint of earth and spice. Easy but not simple. A great everyday red, with enough oomph to partner with a rich meal but easy enough to sit and enjoy with nothing more than good company.

By: Shelby Griffiths | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/15/2019 | Send Email
This serious little Malbec immediately captured my attention the first time I tasted it. This wine has lifted notes of purple flowers, blackberries, blueberries, herbal cherry cola, with a lingering spicy finish. The high elevation of this vineyard site helps give this wine an elegant, yet powerfully concentrated structure. It was love at first sip, and I look forward to enjoying this wine with some asada tacos. I'll be keeping my eye out for more from this talented producer.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2019 | Send Email
Tapiz has been one of our best go-to Argentine producers releasing wave after wave of great Malbecs and Cabernets. The 2015 Malbec is saturated with flavors of roasted coffee, sweet raspberry and smoky spices. It is the consummate wine for classic asado (Argentine mixed grill). Sausages, grilled short ribs and some sweetbreads are on my short list with this sumptuous savory wine.

By: Kaj Stromer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/14/2019 | Send Email
While Malbec mania may have subsided somewhat, the varietal is now firmly ensconced in every wine lovers mind and repertoire. It was obvious early on that Malbec would rise after Merlot was assassinated. Not because it’s better than Merlot but because of how similar it is. It turns out that what so many wine lovers were looking for was the full-bodied robust nature of Cabernet Sauvignon but in a format that was smoother, less tannic, and a touch more opulent. Malbec fits that bill all the way. At Tapiz Malbec gets VIP treatment and the result is a wine that is both succulent and juicy and just skates across the palate. This is a lovely wine with all kinds of dark berry fruit and a touch of smoke on the finish. Its allure is quite obvious.

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Varietal:

Malbec

- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called Côt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.
Country:

Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.