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

(from 80+-year-old malbec vines planted at 3,400 feet, and a yield of just 12 hectoliters per hectare):  Saturated, bright medium ruby.  Deep, pure aromas of blackberry, violet, minerals and bitter chocolate complicated by a loamy nuance.  Suave and intense but youthfully imploded today; not at all a thick style even if it's utterly seamless from day one.  Strong acidity spine gives this infant a powerful backbone for aging, but there's little in the way of early sweetness today.  After three days in the recorked bottle, this was an essence of blackberry, showing almost painful fruit intensity and remaining remarkably fresh.  A superb cellaring candidate.

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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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