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2014 Rubus Icono Malbec - 88 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 88 pts"Blueberry, plum and cardamom aromas include a whiff of wood smoke. A balanced palate has energy along with brambly berry and chocolate flavors. A chewy, solid finish is good but less lively than the palate. - Michael SCHACHNER"

- Wine Enthusiast (October 2017), 88 pts

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2015 Rubus Icono Malbec - 88 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 88 pts"Baked berry and earthy plum aromas are dense and meaty. A raw, choppy palate shows aggression and tannic bite. Snappy black plum and wild berry flavors finish with inward pull along with lasting notes of mint and oak. - Michael SCHACHNER"

- Wine Enthusiast (December 1st 2018), 88 pts

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2015 Rubus Icono Malbec - 89 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2015 Malbec Icono (100% Malbec aged 12 months in French oak) is another terrific value from this label, offering classic Malbec blue fruits, notes of leafy herbs and earth, medium body, and a rounded, textured style on the palate that keeps you coming back to the glass. As with all the wines from this label, it’s well-made."

- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 89 pts

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2015 Rubus Icono Malbec - 90 PTS - WA

wa90"The 2015 Rubus Icono Malbec is one of the varietal brands selected from various countries by US importer Kysela. This is a Malbec from ten-year-old vines in Altamira in the Valle de Uco that matured in 225-liter French barriques for one year. It has notes of dark fruit, good ripeness and generous spices from the oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied, with some grainy tannins, powerful but without excess. 12,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutiérrez"

- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 90 pts

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2018 Rubus Icono Malbec - 90 PTS - WE

wine enthusiast 90 pts"Full ripeness on nose is reflected through malty aromas of cassis, raisin and prune, while this feels lush on the palate. Blackberry, raisin and oak-based café mocha flavors play out on a smooth finish with soft tannins. - MICHAEL SCHACHNER"

- Wine Enthusiast (December 2020), 90 pts

2018 Rubus Icono Malbec - 92 PTS - W&S

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 "Fran Kysela’s Argentinian branch of the Rubus project is made by Walter Bressia, working with 10-year-old vines in Paraje Altamira. A year in barriques imparted some richness in this wine, chocolate and coffee notes that segue into a plum-pit pucker and blueberry-skin tannins. Lasting and precise, there’s something charmingly midcentury about it. Pour it next to a steak salad with blue-cheese dressing."

 - Wine & Spirits (October 2021), 92 pts