2014 Malbec Mendoza
Malbec •Don Eugenio Vineyard
Argentine Malbec has surged in popularity with red wine drinkers looking for rich, dark, full-blast flavors - but not all Malbec wines are created equal.
Ace California winemaker Ray Kaufman journeyed to the Andes and went native. His recently-released 2014 Adelante Malbec from 69 year old vines is the best that we’ve seen from this winery - so far. If there is a better sub-$20 Malbec available today, we haven’t found it. This wine is inky, deeply flavored and very aromatic.
Today’s Adelante 2014 Malbec Mendoza was born from a single vineyard in the prestigious La Consulta district of Mendoza (which is probably the best place on the planet to grow Malbec). The 69 year-old vines there are farmed with an attention to detail usually seen only at Argentina’s top wineries.
Adelante’s quality is comparable to the best single vineyard Malbecs produced in Argentina today.
Once this wine opens up (decant for optimal results) it is exceptionally fragrant, with aromas of stewed plum, blackberry preserve, cassis, sweet tobacco, sweet spice, black cherry and soft black pepper.
Darkly rich on the palate, this wine delivers a mouth-coating of grilled plum, black cherry juice, blackberry reduction, warm spice, grilled meat, black licorice, twigs and a hint of cracked peppercorn.
Ray Kaufman’s winemaking career began on various Sonoma county bottling lines in the late 1970’s. From there he worked at Kenwood Vineyards for five years. Ray also picked up some Pinot Noir knowledge by working a couple of harvests at Bouchaine Vineyards.
In 1987 Ray began working as winemaker for Laurel Glen Vineyards. Ray remained in this small winery on top of Sonoma Mountain, making well known and critically acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon until Laurel Glen was sold in 2011. After the sale of the Laurel Glen name and Sonoma Mountain estate, Ray kept working with Laurel Glen founder Patrick Campbell under his Tierra Divina label.
It was at Tierra Divina that Ray fell in love with Malbec and the wines of Argentina. After honing his skills at Divina, Ray started his own Adalente label, where he makes some of the best values in Argentine wines.
Today’s wine is limited and VERY highly recommended.
Enjoy now, cellar some for the next few years. Decant for best results!
Dark purple, with fine, glinting ruby edges.Thick, ropey legs beat a steady march down the glass wall after giving the wine a good swirl.
Stewed plum, blackberry preserve, cassis, sweet tobacco, sweet spice, black cherry and soft black pepper.
Grilled plum, black cherry juice, blackberry reduction, warm spice, grilled meat, black licorice, twigs and a hint of cracked peppercorn.
Long and very flavorful, with black fruits very gradually subsiding to reveal earth and spice characteristics. Eventually plush and drying.
Enjoy this richly delicious wine with a meaty stew, Turkish kabobs or braised short ribs.
What the Winery Says
- Ray Kaufman
- Mendoza, Argentina