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2008 Vina Alicia Brote Negro Malbec Lujan de Cuyo
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2011

($85; aged in new French oak for 16 months) Bright, full red-ruby. Knockout perfume of blackberry, violet, minerals, licorice; conveys a tiny-berry quality. Compellingly intense and racy in the mouth, with great energy and definition to the perfumed flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, minerals and licorice pastille. This suave, classy, essentially gentle wine finishes with mounting tannins, great sweetness of fruit and terrific grip. These "black shoots" are a mutation of malbec from the same hundred-year-old vineyard used to make the Las Compuerta wine. This wine has been consistently superb in recent years, but 2008 gets my highest rating yet.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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A mouthful of Malbec
07/20/2014
by Beach13807740
Based on the WA description, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. But this wine was all that was promised and more. Rich and full, yet easy going down. Delicious sipping and even better with the short ribs. Held up well on the second day. Very nice indeed.
CAN'T GET BETTER THAN THIS.....
04/19/2012
by ESTES12440727
I read what was said about this Malbec when it was offered and it sounded very unique. Couldn't have predicted such a stunning impression but was so good in every respect it was hard to decide whether to enjoy it as long as possible in the mouth, or swallow it and get the rush of that really big, fullsome flavor... Glad I got several bottles, gonna keep them 'password protected' for whatever amazing future they may unfold...

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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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