A wine that builds on the palate with super blackberry and stone character. Full and chewy with polished and lively tannins. Turns spicy, peppery and minerally on the finish. Only 3,500 bottles made. Made from a finca (single vineyard) in Altamira.
95 points, jamessuckling.com (May 2015)
Warm luxury. So plush and smooth, with cherry liqueur, and rich blackberry, a slight pepper and herb note, but really all about the plush uptake of ultra-ripe Malbec. There’s a mass of very fine grained tannin – velour feel – choc-malt too, but still with fresh strawberry acidity and a bit of a ‘mineral’ feel. Somewhat aglow with alcohol warmth, but its enveloped by the rich fruit. Finish is long, with dried roses and craisins in the aftertaste. You have to admire it, really.
93 points, The Wine Front (July 2017)
Initially this is a touch jumpy and nervy smelling, but with airing it shows elegant blueberry, cassis and mineral notes that aren't just big and brawny. A flush, bold mouthfeel delivers on the promise of the bouquet, while ripe plum, blackberry, pepper, herb and saline flavors finish savory and dark, with chocolaty notes and ripped muscularity.
94 points, Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast (October 2015)
The 2012 Finca Canal Uco is a Malbec from lime, sandy and stony calcareous soils in Altamira that has great fruit, with perfumed and exuberant notes of damsons and violets. The palate is medium to full-bodied (though riper than in the Piedra Infinita). It has glossy tannins and a faint liqueur note toward the finish, This is a great, hedonistic Malbec.
93 points, Wine Advocate (April 2014)
A muscular red, with lots of power to the blackberry, dark plum and dark currant flavors, accented by notes of black olive and mocha. The richly spiced finish features dark chocolate and pepper.
91 points, Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator (June 2015)