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O. Fournier Alfa Crux Blend 2004

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5 Stars - Decanter Magazine

92 Pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - The 2004 Alfa Crux spent 17 months in new French and American oak. It delivers a complex aromatic array of pain grille, pencil lead, scorched earth, black cherry, and blackberry. Medium- to full-bodied, dense, and structured, this intensely flavored blend combines elegance and power. It also shows the potential of Tempranillo in certain regions of Mendoza. Drink this superb effort from 2012 to 2024.  

Grape Variety50% Tempranillo, 30% Malbec, 20% Merlot
Tasting Notes: The intense ruby colour is dark and brilliant. It displays a complex aroma, with notes of chocolate and vanilla; intense toasty notes complement over ripe fruit and a certain spiciness. Robust and fleshy in the mouth, with potent tannins. Great volume and persistence with a harmonious end. Pair with stews, wild birds, and game meat. In order to fully appreciate the quality of this wine, it is recommended that it be decanted before serving.

Vineyard: El Cepillo, Pareditas, La Consulta, Chilecito – Mendoza, Argentina
Altitude: 1,100 metres
Time of Harvest: April 2004

Harvest Method: Hand-picked in 18kg boxes. Clusters are selected at the winery and sorted twice by hand.
Winemaking: After the sorting and selecting of the grapes, they are destemmed and half the grapes are put through a crushing-destemming machine using stainless steel rolls and gravity flow to avoid use of pumps. Maceration for 28 days at 24°C. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks; malolactic fermentation in oak barrels. Aged for 20 months in new oak barrels (80% French and 20% American oak). This is an unfiltered wine. Production of 30,400 bottles.
Winemaker: Jose Mario Spisso

Alcohol: 15% vol.
: 750 ml
Residual Sugars
: 1.96 gr/litre
Standard Drinks
: 8.9

Best Served: 17°C
Cellaring: 'Drink this superb effort from 2012 to 2024.' Robert Parker's Wine Advocate