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2009 Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirador Mendoza
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94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

(from 70+-year-old malbec vines planted at 2,400 feet; 14 hectoliters per hectare):  Good full ruby-red.  Vinous aromas of dark berries, licorice, espresso and minerals lifted by violet and rose petal nuances; aeration brought captivating spicy perfume.  Densely packed and youthfully imploded, and not quite as black in the mouth as the nose suggests.  Penetrating, aromatic flavors of red berries and rose petal convey an almost pinot-like vibrancy.  Offers a lovely light touch but has a firm spine for long aging. 

90 Points | Wine Spectator
96 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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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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