James Suckling 99
Quiet complexity that needs time in the glass. While it is brooding and deep, there is also a perfumed, floral and herbal aspect that makes it so attractive and unforgettable, even at such an embryonic stage. Freshly crushed blueberries, dried licorice, decadent violets, crushed stones and ash on the nose. Satin-textured tannins on the palate, which are tense, chalky and seamless. Powerful and juicy with impeccable balance. A great, cerebral and intrinsic malbec from Argentina. You can drink now, if you want, but it is a wine that you d want to keep for the next two decades. A real charmer, especially for the wine nerds. Buy this and try! 6000 bottles made.
The 2019 Malbec Finca Piedra Infinita from the Uco Valley was aged in concrete. A vivid purple in the glass. The compact nose presents hints of fresh plum, blackberry and pinches of herbs such as thyme and bay leaf before floral violet and lavender aromas begin to develop. On the palate, it s similarly compact with clear, chalky tannins and a light structure that end up forming a juicy whole with a delicate, active freshness that channels the full body; the 2019 displays extremely refined tannins. The Piedra Infinita is a testament to what wines from the region can be.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2039
Robert Parker 98
They used more grapes from places with a little more soil and resistance to heat and dry conditions in a warmer year like 2020 for the 2020 Finca Piedra Infinita, which feels very young, primary and undeveloped. They have 46 separate plots in the vineyard, and in this early harvest, they started picking earlier than ever but during the harvest still felt they were too late; but the wines show much better than anticipated. Having the palette of wines to choose from helps in warmer years, when it’s more difficult to keep the freshness in the wine, which for them is one of the most important things. It really feels very young and better than expected. They told me they learned a lot from 2017 to manage a year like 2020, when they do a shorter maceration (and in cooler years, they might do a longer maceration). This is gentler than the 2019, with rounder tannins. 8,500 bottles were filled in June 2021.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2032