Schroeder Estate Patagonia Malbec Reserve 2015

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Argentina’s Schroeder family have been braving the extreme elements in Patagonia since 1927. “Something about the area seems to create wines that deliver pure, beautifully delineated fruit to your palate with the roll-off-the-fingertip ease of a layup by a basketball pro,” says Wine Spectator’s Matt Kramer. And if past vintages are anything to go by, the Schroeders’ 2015 Reserve is an absolute slam-dunk.

Master of Wine Tim Atkin rated the previous release 90 points and gave it this impressive tasting note: “Serious, well structured, and full of perfume and flavour, this deftly oaked Malbec has smooth, fine-grained tannins, lots of sweet blackberry and blueberry fruit, and appealing texture.” 

The equally delicious 2015 Reserve showcases hand-selected grapes from some of the best spots in the family’s best vineyards. Back in their state-of-the-art winery, winemaker Leonardo Puppato deftly aged a portion of the wine in fine French and American oak barrels for a year, giving just the right balance of smooth spice to the intense fruit flavors. (It’s no surprise that The Wine Advocate has praised the Schroeders for making wines “master sommeliers should love.”)

Ripe plum and black cherry aromas are infused with subtle violet and spice. The palate is tailor-made for a meaty steak, with its firm but velvety tannins, remarkably fresh black-fruit notes, and chocolatey, roasted-coffee finish.

With so many Malbec fans chomping at the bit to get their fix, our advice is to get in on this Reserve ASAP.