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2004 O. Fournier Malbec Alfa Crux Valle de Uco Mendoza
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2009

($43; 50% tempranillo, 30% malbec and 20% merlot) Bright ruby-red. Blackberry, licorice and chocolatey oak on the nose. Rich, lush and pliant in the mouth, with a compelling sweetness to the flavors of black raspberry, licorice and sexy oak. One of the better wines I've tasted to date from this producer-and a worthy sibling to the 2004 Alfa Crux Malbec, rated 90 last year. Finishes with substantial broad, sweet tannins.

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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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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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