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Cuvelier Los Andes Coleccion 2011

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91 Points, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Coleccion Blend is a multi-grape blend consisting of 58% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Syrah and 4% Merlot fermented in inox and partially aged in French oak barrels (60%) and is the top wine produced in 2011, a disastrous vintage for the winery, when 75% of their crop was destroyed by hail and they didn’t produce Grand Vin or Grand Malbec, so I suppose the best fruit went into this cuvee. For a cool vintage with plenty of challenges, the wine reached 15% alcohol, so don’t expect any green aromas or diluted flavors here. The nose is a powerful combination of dark plums, espresso coffee, Belgian chocolate and shy hints of red cherries with a full-bodied palate and abundant, fine-grained tannins, moderate acidity and good length, no doubt lifted by the alcohol. This is a big, ripe blend, slightly international, in need of some bottle aging." 4/14 #212 91+ Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous: "Bright, saturated medium ruby. Pure aromas of blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate are complemented by nutty oak and lifted by a violet topnote. Dense, concentrated and sappy; as primary as a barrel sample. In fact, this is extremely backward and youthfully imploded for a 20 bottle. Finishes with sneaky rising length and a serious tannic spine to support a slow evolution in bottle. Forget about this juicy, vibrant wine for at least a few years." 3/14

Region: Argentina » Mendoza » Uco Valley

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91 Points, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2011 Coleccion Blend is a multi-grape blend consisting of 58% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Syrah and 4% Merlot fermented in inox and partially aged in French oak barrels (60%) and is the top wine produced in 2011, a disastrous vintage for the winery, when 75% of their crop was destroyed by hail and they didn’t produce Grand Vin or Grand Malbec, so I suppose the best fruit went into this cuvee. For a cool vintage with plenty of challenges, the wine reached 15% alcohol, so don’t expect any green aromas or diluted flavors here. The nose is a powerful combination of dark plums, espresso coffee, Belgian chocolate and shy hints of red cherries with a full-bodied palate and abundant, fine-grained tannins, moderate acidity and good length, no doubt lifted by the alcohol. This is a big, ripe blend, slightly international, in need of some bottle aging." 4/14 #212 91+ Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous: "Bright, saturated medium ruby. Pure aromas of blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate are complemented by nutty oak and lifted by a violet topnote. Dense, concentrated and sappy; as primary as a barrel sample. In fact, this is extremely backward and youthfully imploded for a 20 bottle. Finishes with sneaky rising length and a serious tannic spine to support a slow evolution in bottle. Forget about this juicy, vibrant wine for at least a few years." 3/14

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