90 Pts Jay Miller - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"69% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot Glass-coating purple color; blue and black fruit flavors, savory, balanced, drink now-8 years." 90 Points - Jay Miller - Wine Advocate
"Ruby red color with purple hues and black highlights. The nose is very typical. Sweet tannins are perceived in the mouth. Robust with an attractive and friendly structure. Aging in barrels grants vanilla and chocolate flavors."
"Excellent pairing with Argentine food, roasted and grilled meat, river or sea fish, ham, pork, lamb, turnovers (empanadas) and Italian pasta: dry or stuffed, with sophisticated sauces and alla puttanesca."
"Jose Antonio Cicchitti founded bodega Cicchitti in 1882 in Guymallen, Mendoza. Cicchitti uses grapes from its Estate only (240 acres). Yields are kept low."
"The grapes are carefully selected and handpicked into small cases ofÂ 30 pounds. Fermentation takes place in small concrete tanks followed by malolactic fermentation in American and French oak casks. Only native yeasts are used. The wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered."
"Jose Antonio manages to keep a surprising low profile in spite of the high quality of his wines."
"The Mendoza Province is one of Argentina's most important wine regions, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the country's entire wine production. Located in the eastern foothills of the Andes, in the shadow of Mount Aconcagua, vineyards are planted at some of the highest altitudes in the world with the average site located 1,970â3,610 feet (600â1,100 meters) above sea level."
"The principal wine producing areas fall into two main departments-MaipÃº and LujÃ¡n which includes Argentina's first delineated appellation established in 1993 in LujÃ¡n de Cuyo. The pink-skinned grapes of Criolla Grande and Cereza account for more than a quarter of all plantings but Malbec is the regions most important planting followed closely by Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Chardonnay. Mendoza is considered the heart of the winemaking industry in Argentina with the vast majority of large wineries located in the provincial capital of Mendoza." -Jancis Robinson - Oxford Companion to Wine