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Golden Reserve Chardonnay 2010

89 points – Wine Spectator
Nathan Wesley, July 31, 2012
“Grilled pineapple, melon and green plum notes expand across the palate, as buried acidity pushes through hints of flint and spice in the juicy finish. Drink now.”

88 points – Wine Enthusiast
Michael Schachner, February 1, 2013
“This is heady but flat on the nose, with soft, oak-driven aromas of baked apple and toffee. It feels plump yet alive due to good acidity, while the flavor profile is steered by the barrel, leaving notes of toasty apple and walnut. A good wine but one that really piles on the oak and resin.”

Golden Reserve Malbec 2009

88 points – Wine Spectator
Nathan Wesley, October 15, 2012
“This jammy red features dark cassis, blackberry preserves and plum sauce flavors that coat the palate, as spice, toasty oak and licorice notes fill in the finish. Drink now.”

91 points “Editor’s Choice” – Wine Enthusiast
Michael Schachner, November 1, 2012
“The nose is deep and dense, delivering pure blackberry and blueberry aromas along with toast and herb notes. It feels balanced and pure as a cloudless night, with controlled blackberry, spice and chocolate flavors. Strong on the finish, with bitter notes of chocolate and espresso, and narrow tannins.”

Golden Reserve Malbec 2008

94 points –
Neal Martin, October, 2012
“The 2008 Golden Reserve Malbec is intense on the nose, with roiling blackberry, raspberry leaf, provencal herbs joined by a tang of marmalade that all blossom with aeration. The palate is full-bodied with succulent red cherries, strawberry and blood orange. The definition is outstanding from start to finish, culminating in a refined but intense, opulent finish. Magnificent! Drink 2013-2020+.”

90+ points –
Jay Miller, December, 2011
“The 2008 Golden Reserve Malbec spent 12 months in French oak. Mouth-filling, dense, and structured, this lengthy, succulent effort has some tannin to resolve. Give it another 2-3 years of cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2020. It is an excellent value.”

89 points – Wine Spectator
Nathan Wesley, November 15, 2011
“Dark, ripe and toasty, with notes of smoke and spice framing the ripe blackberry and damson plum notes that push through the finish, which lingers with hints of smoke and spice. Drink now.”

88 points– Wine Enthusiast
Michael Schachner, December 31, 2011
“Opens with a blast of milk chocolate, raisin and sawdust before settling on black fruit and pepper. Shows good concentration and feel in front of prune, blackberry, licorice and burnt toast flavors. Has good pulse and vibrancy, but it’s a bit choppy and oaky.”

Golden Reserve Syrah 2010

93 points –
Neal Martin, October, 2012
“The 2010 Golden Reserve Syrah also spent 12 months in a combination of both new and used barrels. It has a ravishing bouquet of blackberry, creme de cassis, lavender and minerals that is compelling. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe tannins that caress the mouth, and they build to a luscious blueberry, cassis and black olive finish that could have been over-powering or ostentatious, but instead is refined and elegant. This is a superb Argentinean Syrah. Drink now-2020+.”

Golden Reserve Syrah 2008

90 points– Wine Enthusiast
Michael Schachner, May 1, 2011
“Big and brooding on the nose, with blackberry, violet, coffee and mineral aromas. The palate is smooth, rich and silky, with sweet, pure, jammy black fruit flavors and a pinch of chocolaty bitterness for balance. Finishes warm and minty, with an added dusting of cocoa. Big and bold more than complex or elegant.”

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