2005 Haras de Pirque "Albis" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley

SKU #1259742 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Albis (a collaboration with Marchesi Antinori) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Carmenere aged in French oak for 18 months. Purple-colored, it delivers a sophisticated nose of mineral, pencil lead, spice box, violets, blueberry, and blackcurrant. Bordeaux-like, it has an elegant personality, a smooth texture, savory flavors, and excellent balance. Its drinking window will extend from 2011 to 2021. (JM)  (4/2009)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 This is a blend of cabernet sauvignon (80 percent) and carmenère from Pirque, one of the highest-altitude vineyards of the Alto Maipo. The cool influence of the Andes shows in rosemary and menthol notes, as well as in the firm frame of acidity that sharpens the focus on ripe fruit. It lasts on flavors of cherries and blackberries, ready to enjoy with a steak.  (6/2011)

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