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Sunday, November 30, 2008

2006 Altocedro Malbec Reserva

This young Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina was created from 65 years old vines in the Valle de Uco appellation in Mendoza. The color of the wine is a dark and slightly hazy purple-red.

Aromas of blackberry, black currant, melted licorice, and cedar box make up the nicely crafted bouquet. On the palate the wine grips down hard with a firm dose of chunky tannin, flavors of blackberry and black currant set the tone, while a generous amount of oak makes it's presence known. The tannin makes this wine appear rustic in nature but it's really quite fruit filled. I think this wine needs bottle age or a long decanting to really show it's true core of fruit. I like the wine, but as is I give it 87 points.


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