A wonderfully drinkable, memorable red blend wine — 2 days ago
Super crisp and tasty. Bought at Bouchon — 4 months ago
Dark berries on the nose, a hint of oak, high acidity on the palate with more dark berries and some stalkiness — 9 months ago
Again, I did not take notes but remember liking this wine. It was full bodied with lush ripe dark fruit with edgy minerals and a well polished finish. Good but not as special as their El Cerro Gualtallary.
Jeff and his partner make a number of small production wines under a few different brand names. Vivo o Muerto are their ultra premium wines. They both worked at Catena Zapata for 15 years. They gained a lot of valuable experience but, yearned to make their own wines. They’ve found great sites and great fruit grower relationships. Their wines are beautifully elegant and polished with nothing that bites backs.
Photos of Co-owner Jeff Mausbach hosting our tasting and a couple shots of their cellar.
This was our last visit in Argentina. — a year ago
Very nice. Especially great value. It needs time though, so don’t think you can open and drink — 2 months ago
Needs to age a bit but silky texture and big fruit. Little bite. — 10 months ago
Great. Fruity but also a little oaky. From argentina. 2018 better than 2 years ago — 2 months ago
(15% alcohol; the wine's Malbec component comes from a 1998 planting in Gualtallary, the Cabernet Franc from Altamira): Saturated ruby. Knockout vibrant nose combines dark berries, licorice and violet; already conveying a strong impression of personality. Densely packed and intense but quite fine-grained, offering terrific delineation to its flavors of crushed black fruits and violet. This very backward wine finishes with serious but suave tannins, terrific length and excellent energy and cut. I'd like to revisit this in six or seven years, at which time it may merit an even higher score. (Stephen Tanzer, Vinous, July 2018) — a year ago