Ascencion Malbec Reserve 2012

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We went to incredible lengths to secure the highly anticipated 2013 release of this limited-production Malbec. Well, make that incredible heights

The San Isidro vineyard (tucked away in Salta's Cafayate Valley) is a staggering 10,000 feet above sea level. And it's home to 60 acres of pure Malbec perfection, as you'll discover with just one sip of Ascencion Reserve.

It's crafted at one of Argentina's oldest estates, awarded 'Salta Winery of the Year' honors at the 2013 New York International Wine Competition). From meticulous hand harvesting and sorting to the finest French and American oak barrels (in which the wine spent 12 months), there was no expense spared. This is as big, rich and bold as Argentine Malbec gets.

The estate's old-vine Malbec brings intensely ripe fruit to the wine – look for luscious mouthfuls of black fruit (black currant, blackberry, blueberry) plus notes of spice and vanilla from the barrel aging. Winemaker Francisco Puga also added splashes of Cabernet Franc and Bonarda (an Argentine specialty), which bring hints of fresh mint and a firm, minerally structure. Ascencion Reserve is the ultimate steak red, but also velvety enough to sip on its own.

Strictly limited production (1,000 cases total!) – and our stocks are already dwindling.