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2011 Achaval Ferrer Finca Altamira La Consulta Mendoza

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014

(from vines at least 80 years of age; raised in new French oak for 15 months; from a crop level of just 12 hectoliters per hectare, vs. 14 for the other two single-vineyard 2011s):  Bright, full medium ruby.  Blackberry, licorice, violet and a musky hint of leather on the nose.  Like liquid silk in the mouth, with a dense, seamless texture to the flavors of currant, blackberry and saline minerality.   Still a bit youthfully tight owing to some peppery acidity, but I still find this wine easier now than the 2010 was a year ago.  Finishes with firm but suave tannins and lovely lingering sweetness.

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