2006 Antucura Calcura Mendoza

SKU #1075109 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 50% CS, 40% Merlot, 10% Malbec; Cedar, red currant, cassis, and cranberry, mouth-filling.  (12/ 2010)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red. Explosively aromatic nose combines redcurrant, cherry, licorice and flowers, complicated by tobacco and dried herbs. Juicy, vinous and penetrating, with noteworthy energy to the sharply delineated flavors of redcurrant, spices, pepper and fresh herbs. Showing its cabernet side today. Very classy, aromatic wine with no shortage of volume. Finishes with a firm tannic spine and excellent length. This can be enjoyed now or held. An outstanding value.  (2/ 2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 Opens with earthy, leafy aromas that can best be described as 'mature.' Throw in tobacco and baked plum, and the picture is complete. The palate is concentrated and tight, with sweet, herbal berry flavors and caramel on the finish. Rugged and herbal as a whole but with good qualities; 50% Cabernet with 40% Merlot and 10% Malbec.  (8/ 2011)

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 By: JWF |  Review Date: 10/17/2011  | Public Pending Approval
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Opened a 2006 Antucura Calcura a couple of hours ago. It's an Argentinian blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot, 10% Malbec. As the clock on the laptop tells me that it's 5:02pm, I swirl my glass to reveal black fruits and a touch of gaminess. In the mouth the Antucura is lush, mouth filling and on the full side of medium to full bodied. Nice mid-palate transition and 30-second finish. At $14.99 this is a buy. For me it's a re-buy!
Drink from 2011 to 2016

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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 Médoc 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.
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Argentina

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.6