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2008 Vina Alicia Morena Lujan de Cuyo

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92 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January 2012

(an 88/12 blend of cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, from multiple clones vinified separately):  Good deep red-ruby.  Complex nose offers currant, graphite, milk chocolate, tobacco leaf and violet; in a distinctly Left Bank style.  At once fat and juicy, with lovely sappy depth and sweetness to the berry and mineral flavors.  Most impressive on the smoothly tannic, very long and seamless finish, where the impression of graphite minerality reverberates.

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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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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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