Starting with the addition of winemaking star-in-the-making Matías Ciciani 2014, the winery did the unthinkable. When they again revolutionized winemaking in the region with an extreme focus on sustainability, they obtained both biodynamic and organic certifications for all 60+ hectares under vine, plus vegan certification for their wine. Thanks in part to their immediate success, other wineries have begun to follow suit.
Since putting their reputation on the line, Escoriheula’s new direction has been widely lauded. The quality of wines have continued a steep ascent since the shift, with critics, consumers, and even the traditionalists taking notice.
Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate recently reviewed the portfolio and was blown away by the results in the bottle, even if non-traditional in their approach. This portfolio eschews excessive oak and allows the truest expression of the terroir to speak for itself. Longtime Argentinian correspondent Luis Guiterrez said the wines at Escorihuela Gascón are “getting better and better every year.” High praise, considering their storied reputation.
93 Points, Vinous
The 2021 Malbec Single Vineyard Organic Wine from El Cepillo, Uco Valley is purple in the glass. It has a fragrant, expressive nose highlighting fresh plum, raspberry, hoppy and grapefruit notes along with mint and violet aromas. In the mouth, it’s bold and juicy with a taut profile and well-defined, long-lasting flavor. A pleasantly modern red.
92 Points, Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2021 Escorihuela 1884 Single Vineyard Organic Grapes Malbec comes from their organic and biodynamic vineyard in El Cepillo in San Carlos (Valle de Uco), where they work organically and biodynamically and try to express the variety and place in a pure way with no oak in the wine. It has 13.1% alcohol and mellow acidity. It feels young and has some puppy fat to be rendered by some time in bottle, as I have seen while tasting the 2015 and 2018 next to it. It’s an unoaked Malbec of great purity and balance, juicy and primary now, but it will develop further complexity and nuance with a bit more time.
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