Agent Charlie Ferraro & Argentinian Malbec
Wines of the Night

2014 Crios Malbec ($12)

Crios Malbec has a beautiful reddish/purple color as most good Malbecs do. The aromas are a mix of freshly crushed black cherries and toasty/smoky oak—just enough to frame the exuberant fruit. On the palate, the flavors of cherries and spice are obvious, and the jammy fruit quality just keeps coming on strong, with hints of spice and sandalwood lurking in the background.

Wine Scores

Ben: 84

Scott: 85

Tom: 85

Charlie: 84

2014 Achaval Ferrar Malbec ($26)

The textbook definition of Malbec. Bright ruby red in color, this wine is fresh and floral, featuring blackberry, raspberry and violets on the nose and palate. The wine is dense and thick with a noticeable minerality, silky tannins mark a lengthy finish. Low yields, careful vineyard management and low intervention winemaking are the hallmark of this and all other Achaval-Ferrer wines.

Wine Scores

Ben: 86

Scott: 88

Tom: 87

Charlie: 88

2011 Zuccardi Aluvional Altamira ($55)

A complex profile of fresh red fruit complimented by herbal and floral notes. This wine has an elegant minerality balanced with a silky palate and great structure. A complex and long finish.

Wine Scores

Ben: 88

Scott: 88

Tom: 88

Charlie: 89