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2009 Vina Alicia Malbec Las Compuertas Lujan de Cuyo
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90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2012

Good full ruby-red.  Graphite, mocha and sexy Taransaud oak on the nose.  Round, lush and smooth, with a restrained sweetness to the berry, game and smoky soil tones.  Conveys a strong impression of terroir, with sound acidity giving the wine very good balance.  The broad, lingering finish features smooth 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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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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