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Pulenta Estate - Gran Corte 2015

Information

  • Country: Argentina
  • Wine Region: Mendoza
  • Wine Maker: Javier Loforte
  • Grape: Malbec Blend
  • Grape Percentage: 42% Malbec, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, 4% Tannat.
  • Alcohol Percentage: 14.5%
  • Unit Quantity (ml): 750
  • Best To Drink: Drink Now - 2024
Duty/Vat Paid
WA: 93 (2012) VS: 90 (2013) JR: 16.5 (2009) WS: 90 (2013) JS: 93 (2013) WE: 92 (2013) TA: 95 (2013)

Wine tasting notes

In color, the wine is an attractive, intense red with dark tones. It expresses fruit notes of plum, cherry, and dark fruits, with several spices like thyme, oregano, and black pepper, given by some of the components of the blend, which make the wine delicate and complex. On the palate it is elegant but structured, with a persistent finish making it a wine hard to forget.

Winery Information

Pulenta Estate

The Pulenta family has been a prominent and respected force in Argentine viticulture for three generations. Sons of well-known winegrower Antonio Pulenta, and descendants of Italian immigrants, Eduardo and Hugo Pulenta founded Pulenta Estate in 2002. The vineyards are estate-owned and farmed for high quality and limited yields. Their extensive holdings in the Agrelo area of Lujan de Cuyo have allowed them to create a broad portfolio that includes sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, chardonnay and.. read more

Expert Reviews

Wine Advocate/Robert Parker (2012)93 pts

Dec 2016 - Luis Gutierrez - The 2012 Gran Corte is a traditional multi-grape blend of 45% Malbec, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot and 8% Tannat from 25-year-old vines in Alto Agrelo. Like all the top tier wines, it fermented in a combination of concrete and stainless steel vats and new French oak barrels where the wine matured for some 18 months and produced as a barrel selection of each variety. It's quite classical, with a mixture of black fruit, sweet spices and a smoky touch, with good ripeness that provided some peachy notes, without any excess. The palate is full-bodied with polished, fine-grained tannins and the hand of a good winemaker. I'm looking forward to future vintages of this wine... 20,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2015.

Vinous/Antonio Galloni (2013)90 pts

Bright red-ruby. Rich, alluring scents of cassis, blackberry, mocha and expensive smoky oak. Plush and sweet on the palate, showing sexy rose petal lift to its raspberry, strawberry, menthol and spice flavors. Juicy acidity shapes the fruit, leavens the wine's sweetness and draws out the finish. In fact, today this very suave wine's fine-grained tannins are overshadowed by the brisk acidity. -- Stephen Tanzer

JancisRobinson.com (2009)16.5 pts

Tasted Sept '12 - Bright crimson. Well balanced. The opposite of sweet. Lift. Something quite floral here. Long and sophisticated.

Wine Spectator (2013)90 pts

Minerally, with fresh flavors of red plum, red currant and green olive that are matched to lively acidity. The finish offers notes of dried green herb and hints of pepper. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Tannat.

James Suckling (2013)93 pts

A linear and fine red with currants, cherries and light walnuts. Medium to full body, super-refined tannins and a bright acid background. Sophisticated. Malbec, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, petit verdot and tannat.

Wine Enthusiast (2013)92 pts

Despite showing a touch of damp earth and desiccation on the nose, this mystery red blend gets off to a good start. In the mouth, it's plush and fleshy, with more than enough body. Deep berry, plum and coconut flavors finish with forceful acidity, creating length but also texture. Drink through 2025.

Tim Atkin (2013)95 pts

The percentages of the five grapes change from year to year, but this wonderful red cuvée always includes Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Tannat. As ever, the blending is seamless, with a sheen of aromatic oak, fine tannins and sweet and savoury flavours of fresh tobacco, mint, cassis and dried herbs. 2018-25

Vinification Notes

Manual selection of bunches and grapes at the winery. 48 hours of cold maceration at 8°C and complete maceration for 21 days. Fermentation in small stainless steel tanks, roll fermentors, and oak barrels. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels.