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2005 Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira Mendoza
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92(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2008

($112) Deep ruby. Subdued black fruits, minerals and mocha on the nose. Broad, plush and very ripe but not overly sweet, offering highly complex flavors of candied fruit and exotic dried flowers. As sexy as this is today, it's also quite backward and in need of bottle aging. Both this wine and the Mirador bottling are from vines more than 40 years of age, and both should evolve positively over the next decade or more. (TGIC Importers, Woodland Hills, CA)

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