Ricardo Santos

As the former owner of Bodegas Norton, Ricardo Santos was the first winemaker to export Malbec to the United States over 30 years ago. Some call him the father of modern Malbec.  Ricardo was an architect that decided to forgo that career to pursue his passion for wine. At the peak of Norton's popularity, Ricardo sold the winery and retired. He is back in the game now, along with his two sons, Patricio as winemaker, and Pedro as head of marketing, he makes two wines, both hand harvested and organically farmed. His sons also own Tercos,

Malbec

This exceptional wine is from the single vineyard La Madras, on the slopes of the Andes Mountains in Argentina at an altitude of 2,800 feet, allowing for a temperate Continental climate. Grapes are harvested and selected by hand, gently pressed, and only the first pressed juice used. The wine is then aged in French and American oak for six months.

The 2011 Malbec is a striking deep brilliant purple color. The nose is ripe and full, reminiscent of dark cherries, plums, and chocolate with undertones of loam and earth. In the mouth, the wine displays a profound core of ripe, blackberry jam fruit, lengthening into a sophisticated weighty finish coupled with an elegant silkiness. This is a rich and complex Malbec with an outstanding elegance and good structure. It is often referred to as “a Malbec for grown-ups.”

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Price: (12 Bottles) FL $160.00, 3cs $152.00
 
Semillon

As the former owner of Bodegas Norton, Ricardo Santos was the first winemaker to export Malbec to the United States over 30 years ago. Some call him the father of modern Malbec. Ricardo was an architect that decided to forgo that career to pursue his passion for wine. At the peak of Norton's popularity, Ricardo sold the winery and retired. He is back in the game now, along with his two sons, Patricio as winemaker, and Pedro as head of marketing, he makes two wines, both hand harvested and organically farmed.

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Price: (12 Bottles) FL $132.00, 2cs $120.00
 
Cabernet Sauvignon

Santos Cabernet Sauvignon is the newest additon to Ricardo Santos family of wines. Mr. Santos is known throughout Argentina for his distinctive Malbec from Mendoza, but now introduces a Cabernet from vines that are grown in a tiny vineyard located in the Uco Valley. The area is known for its unique micro-climates at the foot of the Andes mountain. The resulting wine is rich and complex, ideal for aging. Only 600 cases were produced.

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Price: (12 bottles) FL $160.00, 3cs $152.00