2001 Cheval des Andes Mendoza

SKU #1006727 92 points Wine & Spirits

Outer quote mark No tasting note given. Inner quote mark (2/2004)

92 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Supple yet dense, this is full of focused black currant, plum and raspberry fruit, along with taut vanilla, anise, mineral and hot stone notes. Tight finish is held in check by the tannins, but they're finely grained and should evolve nicely with cellaring. Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Debut release for this Bodegas Terrazas de los Andes and Cheval-Blanc joint venture. (JM) Inner quote mark (9/2003)

90 points Int'l Wine Cellar

Outer quote mark Ruby-red. Complex, very ripe nose melds blackcurrant, cherry, cocoa powder, truffle and smoked meat. Ripe, lush, round and seamless; wonderfully plump in the middle but not at all overly sweet. In fact, this is classically dry and very young, finishing with substantial dusty tannins. From a vineyard in the Vistalba district of Mendoza. Production of Cheval des Andes is about 2,000 cases per year, about the same as each Afincado bottling. (ST) 90+ Inner quote mark (11/2005)

K&L Notes

Cheval des Andes is a joint venture from the folks of Cheval Blanc fame and Terrazas de los Andes. Made from a blend of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon with a splash of Petit Verdot, this Argentine red shows all of the stylishness of Bordeaux with the power and exuberance of a "New World" wine. Aromas of vanilla, coffee, and tobacco, give way to plenty of ripe black fruits on the palate. The Cheval des Andes is surprisingly weighty for this cool vintage. How long will this red wine age? Well, even though this is a first release, the fruit comes from very old vines. The Malbec vines are 74 years old on average.

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