2005 Alta Vista "Alto" Mendoza, Argentina

SKU #1040195

Easily one of the best wines Argentina has to offer. 94 points from Wine Spectator: "Totally packed, with warm fig cake, raspberry ganache, black licorice snap and pure, dark cocoa notes that power across the palate yet stay fresh and riveting thanks to fine-grained tannins and well-embedded acidity. Has a long, authoritative finish. This winery has quietly been getting better and better. Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. Best from 2009 through 2015. 70 cases imported." (Web Only 2008) 17+ Jancis Robinson: "75% Malbec, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon from Valle de Uco and Luján de Cuyo; aged for 15 months in 100% new French oak Black core. Concentrated dark fruit. Bags of tannic grip but with the dense fruit to match. Young and with lots more to come. Just needs to relax a bit. Plenty of spicy oak on the finish and a whopping 15.5% alcohol." (09/08) 91 points Wine Enthusiast: "A bit warm and ripe at 15.5%, but the nose of prune, raisin and blackberry is rich and only gets better with airing. The palate features tobacco and savory black fruit, and the finish runs for miles with chocolate and licorice. Despite its weight, there appears to be ample acidity to protect the wine's integrity." (12/08)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.