Wine Spectator 89 points - (a joint venture with the Amarone producer Allegrini; made from Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Bonarda grapes partly dried by wind; aged in new French oak for 12 months): Good bright ruby-red. Rich aromas of plum, blackberry, spicecake, mocha and dark chocolate, with hints of tobacco leaf and black olive. Lush, silky and sweet, conveying a saline impression of extract and a suggestion of dried fruits. But this seamless, youthful wine has enough penetrating acidity to give it verve and lift. Still needs a bit of time to harmonize its fine-grained tannins.
89+ Points (Feb 15 2015)
Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon are left on the vine in the high altitude, arrid Mendoza climate the grapes are dried and ready, losing 30% of their weight, in a mere 10 to 12 days. Fermented to completion in temperature controlled cement and stainless vats, then aged 12 months in French oak. The wine is just off-dry while offering up a slightly roasted, liqueur-like perfume along with plenty of spice and black fruit notes. Smooth textured, rich, and plush on the palate, it is packed with flavor.
|Pair with semi soft cheese, dark chocolate, and pasta with mushroom sauce.