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2005 Vina Alicia Brote Negro Malbec Lujan de Cuyo
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91(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2008

($80) Bright medium ruby. Blackberry, violet, licorice and mint on the nose. Succulent, chewy and deep, with a creaminess in the middle and intriguing smoke and mineral components. Less obviously sweet than the malbec under this label, and less showy today, but this broad, round wine has superb potential. Finishes with substantial tongue-dusting tannins and terrific persistence. The Arizu family, which also owns Luigi Bosca, makes this limited bottling from a mutation of malbec (brote negro means black shoot) within a century-old vineyard.

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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About Argentina

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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Malbec

The Malbec grape may have originated in southwest France, where it still is grown under the name Cot. However, the grape's international profile has surged not because of what's going on in France, but rather because of current trends in Argentina.
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