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Try to find the Pulenta Estate wines. I don't think they are available in the U.S. yet but all are excellent and a good value as well. Don't know how much it will cost since they doubled the price for the 2003 vintage but the Vina Cobos is a great wine if you can find it for less than USD 100, but that may not be possible. In general you cannot go wrong with anything produced by Achaval-Ferrer.
FYI, here's a list of the Argentinean wines scoring 93 points or more by WS over the past 10 vintages, with US release prices:

ACHÁVAL-FERRER Finca Altamira Mendoza 2003 96 $85
ACHÁVAL-FERRER Finca Altamira Mendoza 2004 95 $112
ACHÁVAL-FERRER Finca Bella Vista Mendoza 2004 95 $112
VIÑA COBOS Malbec Mendoza Marchiori Vineyard 2002 95 $75
VIÑA COBOS Malbec Mendoza Marchiori Vineyard 2003 95 $150
ACHÁVAL-FERRER Malbec Mendoza Finca Altamira 2002 94 $85
ACHÁVAL-FERRER Finca Mirador Mendoza 2003 94 $85
ACHÁVAL-FERRER Finca Mirador Mendoza 2004 94 $112
ACHÁVAL-FERRER Finca Bella Vista Mendoza 2003 94 $85
BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Malbec Mendoza Alta 2003 94 $45
BODEGA NOEMÍA DE PATAGONIA Río Negro Valley 2001 94 $155
BODEGA NOEMÍA DE PATAGONIA Río Negro Valley 2004 94 $145
ACHÁVAL-FERRER Quimera Mendoza 2004 93 $48
ALTA VISTA Alto Mendoza 2004 93 $60
BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Nicolás Catena Zapata Mendoza 1999 93 $90
BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Malbec Mendoza Alta 2002 93 $45
BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Malbec Mendoza Catena Viñas Altamira Lot 1 2003 93 $45
BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Malbec Mendoza Catena Viñas Adrianna Lot 3 2003 93 $45
BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA Nicolás Catena Zapata Mendoza 2002 93 $90
VIÑA COBOS Malbec Mendoza Bramare 2002 93 $30
VIÑA COBOS Malbec Mendoza Bramare 2003 93 $85
BODEGA COLOMÉ Reserva Calchaquí Valley 2003 93 $90
BODEGAS Y VIÑEDOS O. FOURNIER Alfa Crux Uco Valley 2002 93 $42
BODEGA NOEMÍA DE PATAGONIA Río Negro Valley 2002 93 $155
BODEGA NOEMÍA DE PATAGONIA Río Negro Valley 2003 93 $150
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Originally posted by Emilio:
Try to find the Pulenta Estate wines. I don't think they are available in the U.S. yet but all are excellent and a good value as well. Don't know how much it will cost since they doubled the price for the 2003 vintage but the Vina Cobos is a great wine if you can find it for less than USD 100, but that may not be possible. In general you cannot go wrong with anything produced by Achaval-Ferrer.


Emilio do you have a wine establishment in South Florida?
I love argentinian wines.
Problem with Achaval Ferrer and other vineyards is that they are pricing their wines according to WS qualifications. Kind of a “prices up!” influence. You can see their wines with printed labels saying: WS 93, WS 95, and so on. Their prices are flying up in the sky and you begin to ask yourself whether a US$ 150 wine is so much better than a US$ 30 one.
One to three dollar-peso relationship is making our wine industry to grow and grow at a dangerous presto tempo. New vineyards and new wines appears every day, most of them pointing to share offshore profitable markets.
But some traditional vineyards are worth to know. For instance, you can try Trapiche wines. They have some good wines with real good PQR. Today we opened a respectable Trapiche Fond de Cave Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 at US$ 10.-. Also Trapiche Medalla is something special at US$ 26. They have some peculiar Malbec Single Vineyards with Malbec grapes from selected vineyards and Iscay, a blend of Malbec and Merlot.
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Originally posted by ebrown35:
I am going to Mendoza next month and was wondering can you actually find the Vina Cobos and Achaval Ferrers cheaper than you can in the States due to Exchange rate or are they sold in USD anyway?


Well I got my Paul Hobbs Imports\Vina Cobos mailer today and so I decided to call Paul Hobbs Winery and spoke to a nice woman who spent last year at Vina Cobos. She told me that the wine is the same price in Mendoza and shipping it to the US is very expensive. She said I could carry some back if I was willing to deal with that incovenience.

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