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2011 Achaval-Ferrer Finca Altamira

Light label condition issue

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

96Wine Spectator

Dark and racy, featuring blackberry coulis, black plum skin and cassis notes balanced with fresh acidity and fine tannins. Embedded layers of espresso, flint and floral mark the long, expressive finish.

95The Wine Advocate

A very dark-colored, bright, wine with a subtle nose, mixing flowers (violets) and red, blue and black fruit, with hints of spices...palate is medium-bodied, silky, with an impressive acid spine and completely ripe and round tannins.

92Vinous / IWC

Blackberry, licorice, violet and a musky hint of leather on the nose. Like liquid silk in the mouth, with a dense, seamless texture to the flavors of currant, blackberry and saline minerality.. firm but suave tannins

REGION

Argentina, Mendoza (Cuyo)

Mendoza on the western edge of Argentina is the nation’s largest and most important wine producing region. With about a billion acres under vine, the region of Mendoza alone has nearly half as many vineyards acres as all of the United States. Located on the edge of the Andes, vineyards here are high, usually 2,000 to 3,600 feet above sea level, yet they enjoy a relatively temperate climate and four distinct seasons. The soil is sandy and alluvial with clay underneath and moderate rainfall encourages growth. Historically Argentina, and Mendoza, grew pink skin grapes for slightly sweet pink or white wines. Those grapes are still grown for bulk jug wine. Since the late 1980s, however, Malbec has been Mendoza’s most important grape, since it makes a rich, dark, robust, age-worth red. The second most important red grape is Bonarda, which is thought to be the same grape that California growers know as Charbono. Italian and Spanish red grapes including Sangiovese, Barbera and Tempranillo were brought by immigrants, and they are grown today. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Torrontés and numerous other red and white grapes are also grown successfully.