87 Points | International Wine Cellar , November/December 2005
($19) Medium ruby. Very ripe, high-toned aromas of black cherry, violet pastille, smoked meat and exotic flowers. Sweet and juicy, with intense, fruit-driven flavors shaped by firm, slightly elevated acidity. A bit tart on the back end, with the wine's slightly dry tannins not yet integrated with the acids.
Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.
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