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

($75; a blend of petit verdot, carignan and grenache) Saturated ruby. Complex, brooding aromas of blackberry, licorice, graphite, minerals, menthol and meat. Superconcentrated, sappy and suave, with harmonious acidity framing and intensifying the black fruit, herb and spice flavors. This really saturates the palate. The impressively long finish features sweet tannins and solid structure for aging. In fact, this densely packed, lively wine has a distinctly primary quality that suggests it will repay at least five or six years of cellaring. (William Harrison Imports, Manassas, VA)

94 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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