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O. Fournier Alfa Crux Blend 2005

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90 Pts. Wine Enthusiast

Grape Variety: 50% 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