Vinopolpick Mid-Week 12-9-20

In This Newsletter:

New Reviews for Cayuse & Leonetti Wines


New Reviews for Domaine Weinbach

Collector’s Corner
The 100-Point 2017 Cheval des Andes


New Reviews for Cayuse & Leonetti Wines

From Stephen Tanzer of Vinous Media

Cayuse Vineyards Flying Pig, Walla Walla Valley 2017 750ML ($179.95) $149 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Stephen Tanzer-Vinous 94 points
“Bright red-ruby. Aromas of blueberry, black cherry, raspberry, graphite and spices, plus hints of violet and rose petal. Juicy, savory and fine-grained, offering a lovely light touch and a silky texture in the middle palate. This highly distinctive wine struck me as midway between Bordeaux and Rhône in its aromatic character. No impression of heaviness at all, in spite of the wine’s velvety texture. More red than black fruits in the mouth, and more Franc than Sauvignon or Merlot. Offering enticing, easygoing sweetness, this blend finishes with light but firm tannins and subtle, building floral/spicy persistence. Ten years ago, this wine and the other Cabernet-based bottlings from Cayuse were more dominated by their savory, smoky earth tones than by fresh fruit; nowadays they strike a better balance. My sample behaved very well with aeration, maintaining its fresh fruit character while gaining in texture and silkiness, with refined tannins saturating the entire palate. This beauty should expand as it ages.”

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Cayuse Vineyards Camaspelo, Walla Walla Valley 2017 750ML ($149.95) $119 special, 1 bottle in stock now
Stephen Tanzer-Vinous 94 points
“Bright dark red. Sexy floral lift to the aromas of raspberry, woodsmoke, white pepper and spices. At once sweet, firm and concentrated on entry, with harmonious acidity and subtle salinity giving shape and lift to the middle palate. Not a blockbuster; in fact, a bit more delicate, delineated and high-pitched than The Lovers if not quite as plush. Superb intensity and floral perfume here. Still a bit youthfully imploded on the back end, but finishes very long, with refined tannins and sneaky juicy, floral persistence.”

Cayuse Vineyards ‘Widowmaker’ En Chamberlin Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Walla Walla Valley 2017 750ML ($179.95) $149 special, 4 bottles in stock now
Stephen Tanzer-Vinous 93 points
“Bright, dark red with ruby tones. Aromas of dark raspberry, chimney soot, smoked meat and dark chocolate, plus a hint of black olive; I would have guessed this wine included some Syrah. Rich, smooth and savory on entry, then opulent but not heavy in the middle palate, offering a thicker texture than the foregoing samples but also good subtle energy and firmness. Sweet dark fruits came up nicely with aeration. There’s a sexy sweetness here but this rather savory style of Cabernet Sauvignon delivers a remarkably seamless texture to its flavors of currant, spices, minerals and game. Finishes firm and alive, with smooth palate-saturating tannins and lovely horizontality. This wine may not be as complex as the 2016 was at the same stage, but it’s more pliant in the middle and should be accessible earlier.”

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Cayuse Vineyards Bionic Frog Syrah, Walla Walla Valley 2017 750ML ($349.95) $279 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Stephen Tanzer-Vinous 96 points
“Bright red-ruby. Pungent, pure, wonderfully complex scents of blackberry, dark raspberry, crushed herbs, meat, graphite and black olive accented by black pepper. Incredibly precise, concentrated, saline wine with a sexy wildness and exceptional inner-mouth lift to its flavors of dark berries, licorice, olive tapenade and luncheon meats. Thick and savory but not heavy or flat, this is a great New World Syrah. Finishes salty but alive, with terrific firm but integrated tannins and steadily building length. A great vintage for this wine–maybe better than the 2016–with superb lift and structure for aging. Keeps its thickness and juiciness through the peppery, wild, very long aftertaste. Wow!”

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Cayuse Vineyards Wallah Wallah Special Series Syrah #11, Walla Walla Valley2017 1.5L ($319.95) $299 special, 1 magnum in stock now
Stephen Tanzer-Vinous 95 points
“Medium-deep red. Musky aromas of raspberry, smoked meat, roast coffee and underbrush lifted by peppery herbs and rose petal. Boasts lovely sweet red berry fruit complexity complicated by savory soil tones, herbs and black pepper. Thick and savory but nicely delineated; in fact, a bit more penetrating than the 2016 version, with the energy and tannic structure to evolve slowly. This wonderfully smooth, fine-grained Syrah finishes with serious palate-dusting tannins and excellent grip and length. Not a particularly fruity style but has more than enough fruit to balance its savory soil, pepper and herb elements. A superb vintage for this bottling. (bottled in magnums)”

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Cayuse Vineyards Impulsivo Tempranillo, Walla Walla Valley 2017 750ML ($179.95) $149 special, 4 bottles in stock now
Stephen Tanzer-Vinous 94 points
“Bright medium red-ruby. Savory scents of dark raspberry, roasted meat and spices. Thick and savory yet alive on entry, with cherry and red and darker berry flavors framed and lifted by spices and minerals. I find more energy and inner-mouth aromatic lift here than the 2016 showed a year ago but also a seductive plushness in the middle palate. On the full side of medium-bodied but not a bit heavy. I’d love to put this in a blind tasting of top Ribera del Duero wines; it would stand out for its texture and complexity, not to mention its outstanding rising length. Boasts a powerful tannic spine but wonderfully fine-grained and edge-free. A great American Tempranillo with the structure to age: I’d love to revisit this wine in ten years.”

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Leonetti Cellar Merlot, Walla Walla Valley 2017 750ML ($99.95) $79 special, 3 bottles in stock now
Stephen Tanzer-Vinous 93 points
“Bright ruby-red. Musky aromas of cassis, blackberry, bitter chocolate and cocoa powder; shows some almost liqueur-like ripe notes as well as a menthol hint. Enters the mouth with good density and chocolatey sweetness, with harmonious acidity framing and energizing the dark berry-dominated middle palate. Conveys a sense of controlled sweetness. This very suave, seamless wine boasts lovely definition of flavor, purity and lift, with ripe acidity contributing to the impression of energy. Tannins are fine-grained and suave, and the long finish features captivating rising violet perfume and a repeating note of dark chocolate. Not quite as tightly wound as the ’17 was last year, but this splendid example of Washington Merlot is an energetic, seriously structured wine for at least mid-term aging.”

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Leonetti Cellar Sangiovese, Walla Walla Valley 2017 750ML ($119.95) $95 special, 6 bottles in stock now
Stephen Tanzer-Vinous 91 points
“Moderately saturated red; not as dark as the ’16. Musky scents and flavors of red berries, cherry, chocolate, rose petal and earth, plus a suggestion of iron. and fine-grained on entry, with a captivating element of exotic flowers giving lift to the middle palate and enhancing the wine’s sweetness. This polished midweight boasts lovely pliancy, a fine-grained texture and plenty of sex appeal. Some musky soil tones add complexity. Finishes with a fine dusting of fairly easygoing, building tannins and subtle floral length. More approachable than the ’16 version was last year. With its oak element under control, this wine stands out for its subtlety.”

Leonetti Cellar Reserve, Walla Walla Valley 2017 750ML ($219.95) $179 special, 2 bottles in stock now
Stephen Tanzer-Vinous 95 points
“Bright, saturated medium ruby. Aromas of black fruits, pungent minerality, bitter chocolate, licorice and menthol, plus an inky element that is likely from the Petit Verdot component. Dense, fine-grained and superconcentrated on entry, then sweet, pure and intense in the middle palate, with ripe acidity shaping the boysenberry, blackberry, bitter chocolate and menthol flavors. Tighter than the flagship Cabernet in the early going, and not quite as fruity today. Finishes very long and broad, with substantial but perfectly integrated flavorful tannins and a whiplash of black fruits and violet. Savory more than sweet, this wonderfully mouthfilling wine avoids any impression of heaviness. Lay it down for at least a few years.”



Cristom ‘Marjorie Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2017 750ML ($79.95) Was $66, Now $59 Subscriber Special
Case-6 Cristom ‘Marjorie Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Eola-Amity Hills 2017 750ML ($479.95) Was $376, Now $339 Subscriber Special (that’s only $56/bottle!)
Josh Raynolds 95 points
“Translucent red. A wild, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red fruits, exotic spices and candied flowers, with smoky mineral and incense notes that acquire strength as this youthful wine gains its footing. Stains the palate with vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry, star anise and rose pastille flavors that show a compelling blend of depth and litheness. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on a strikingly long, finely etched finish that features baking spice, floral and subtle earth notes.”
James Suckling 95 points “An earthy thread here with more savory, herbal and gently spicy notes, as well as graphite. Latent red cherries, too. The palate has a very sleek and succulent feel with evenly cast, sturdy tannins that harness great length and depth. Powerful yet measured and all about the earth. Try from 2023.”

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The Vinopolis staff’s “house” Champagne
Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($39.95) $33 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 1.5L ($99.95) $79 special, 4 magnums in stock now
Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 3L ($319.95) $279 special, 11 double-magnums in stock now
Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 6L ($599.95) $519 special, IN-STORE PICK UP ONLY
Case-6 Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($249.95) $189 special (that’s only $31.50/bottle!)
Case-12 Andre Clouet Grande Reserve Brut, Champagne NV 750ML ($479.95) $359 special (that’s only $29.92/bottle and the lowest listed price in the USA today!)
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 90 points
“The latest release of André Clouet’s NV Brut Grand Réserve Grand Cru is showing well, exhibiting a nicely integrated bouquet of red apple, ripe citrus fruit, honeycomb and blanched almonds, followed by a medium to full-bodied, enveloping palate with a fine mousse, ripe but racy acids and an elegant, understated profile, concluding with a well-defined finish. This is a stylish, harmonious wine that makes for a fine introduction to the Clouet portfolio.” [Reviewed April 2019]

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Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas, Rhone 2018 750ML (44.95) $38 special, 36+ bottles in stock now
Case-6 Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas, Rhone 2018 750ML ($269.95) $219 special (that’s only $36.50/bottle!)
Chateau de Saint Cosme Gigondas, Rhone 2018 1.5L ($99.95) $79 special, 36 magnums in stock now
Jeb Dunnuck 93 points
“Moving to the wines from bottle, the base Gigondas from this estate is a perennial winner and readers can safely buy bottles of this in just about every vintage. Giving up a Provençal bouquet of red and black currants, peppery herbs, leather, and loamy soil, the 2018 is medium to full-bodied, has a forward, sexy style, no hard edges, and a great finish. It’s terrific today yet still has enough tannins to evolve for 10-15 years if you’re so inclined.”
Wine Advocate 92-94 points “Blended on the spot from several different barrels, the 2018 Gigondas looks very promising. Asphalt, black cherries and tapenade feature on the nose, while the palate is almost painfully intense, with ample weight, great richness and a long, velvety finish.-JC”

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Kopke 30 Year Old Tawny Port 750ML ($179.95) $128 special
Wine Spectator 94 points
“A very inviting, open style, with butterscotch and caramel notes framing the core of glazed pear, caramelized peach, golden raisin and warm fig flavors. The lush finish lets crème brûlée and ginger cream details hang, showing a flash of honeysuckle for lift. Drink now. 200 cases imported.”
Wine Enthusiast 94 points “Dark gold in color, this Port relishes its age. Like an aged tawny, it has lost its fruit at this mature stage, while gaining the rich, intense character that comes from long wood aging. It has concentrated acidity and a long, lingering aftertaste. Drink now.”
Wine Advocate 93 points “The NV 30 Year Old Tawny Port was bottled in 2017 with a bar-top cork and 130 grams per liter of residual sugar. The last release I saw of this was pretty fine. So, too, here. This adds a layer of depth and more complexity to the Burmester, although it lacks the Burmester’s elegance and sex appeal. While the finish here is bigger and more gripping, it is no more flavorful (actually, less so). Still, as this rolls around the mouth, it is impressive, not necessarily more exciting than the Burmester, but definitely different stylistically. They are good examples of the diversity you can get in one portfolio. As always, these last indefinitely, barring cork failures, but they are not really meant to be held.”
[Bottling year may vary from review]

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The average price is $155

Niepoort Vintage Port 2017 750ML ($119.95) $99 special
Wine Advocate 99-100 points
“The 2017 Vintage Port is a field blend from old vines (80 to 100 years old). It comes in with 89 grams per liter of residual sugar. This was set for bottling in two weeks, but it was the final blend. Even when open for a couple of days, this was still tight, muscular and concentrated, grabbing the palate and never letting go. On opening, it was fragrant and delicious, but even then, there was plenty of muscle and evident concentration. The concentration and power merely improved as it aired out—unlike a lot of 2016s (which year Niepoort did not declare). Tasting it after several days open showed that it shut down and closed up in terms of expressiveness, but it definitively proved that it’s an old-school, long-haul wine. Dry, stern and long on the finish, this is brilliant. It is hard to think of any basis on which this is not perfection just now—Niepoort says it is the best he’s ever made. It’s certainly the best I’ve seen from him, and it is a leading candidate for “Wine of the Vintage,” although certainly not the only one. Finally, this is going to require patience. Nothing about it says “drink me now.” It should age brilliantly. If you lack a cellar and patience, look away.”
James Suckling 98 points “Wow. Smoky and intense on the nose with dried fruits and slate undertones. Lots of wet earth too. Full body, sweet yet dry and tannic on the palate. Very powerful and focused. Racy and powerful. A fantastic center palate of fruit. A blend of touriga franca, tinto cao, tinta francisca, tinta amarela, sousao, tinta roriz and others. Drink in 2025 and onwards.”
Neal Martin-Vinous 96 points “The 2017 Vintage Port was picked early to obtain optimal ripeness, commencing 24 August and finished 26 September. Yields are some 30% below the previous year. The fruit was foot-trodden in granite lagares and matured in large barrels in Vila Nova de Gaia. It has a refulgent purple colour. The nose is explosive, a heady cornucopia of blueberry, black cherries and crème de cassis, later just a touch of lavender. There is no holding back on these aromatics. The palate follows suit with sumptuous black fruit, quite tannic but simultaneously rounded and lavish/velvety in texture. Touches of fresh fig and raisin appear towards the finish. Drop dead gorgeous.”

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#9 in Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2020 arriving Friday, December 11th:

Beaux Freres ‘The Beaux Freres Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Ribbon Ridge 2018 750ML ($109.95) $84 pre-arrival special
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 95 points
“Brilliant ruby. Intense red and blue fruit, floral and spice qualities on the highly perfumed nose, along with hints of cola and licorice. Juicy and precise, offering concentrated raspberry, boysenberry and floral pastille flavors that take on a five-spice-powder nuance with air. Plays power off delicacy with a sure hand and finishes extremely long and silky, with polished tannins framing lingering red fruit and candied rose notes. 45% new oak.”
Wine Spectator 95 points “A wine of presence and expression, impeccably structured yet elegantly layered, with evocative raspberry, rose petal and brown baking spice notes that pick up richness and tension toward fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2029. 3,088 cases made.”
James Suckling 96 points “This is a trademark, deeply rich impression with an unctuous, violet-flower layer, together with blueberries, cherries and sweetly toasty woody spices, as well as forest wood and fresh, leafy and sappy nuances. The palate has a very succulent, fresh and lithe, almost tangy feel, delivering such succulent, mouthwatering energy at the finish. Ready now, but better from 2024.”

“The Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s 2017s are showing brilliantly from bottle, and this tasting with Bertrand de Villaine was one of the absolute high points of my two months of visits along the Côte d’Or… spending an hour or two with full glasses of wines such as these is not merely of immense professional interest but, I admit, a source of great personal pleasure… it is clear that this is a vintage that will give immense pleasure to anyone able to secure a few bottles. Hauntingly aromatic, structurally supple and pungently intense, this vintage will drink well younger than both its 2016 and 2015 predecessors, but it is much closer in quality to those two vintages than I perceived 12 months ago. At the end of our tasting, the group spent some time discussing possible analogies, and the comparison I found the most compelling is with the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s 1985 vintage. Indeed, I had drunk a superb 1985 Grands-Echézeaux from the domaine over dinner with a good friend a few days before my visit, and the similarities in overall balance between the two vintages were strikingly apparent as I tasted through the young 2017s. The domaine’s 2017 Montrachet also merits special comment, as it is a magical wine built for the ages.” William Kelley, Wine Advocate

Arriving Friday:

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti Corton Grand Cru, Cote de Beaune 2017 750ML ($1999.95) $1,499 pre-arrival special, only 4 bottles available
William Kelley-Wine Advocate 93 points
“The 2017 Corton Grand Cru is performing beautifully from bottle, bursting from the glass with a captivating bouquet of peonies, rose hips, sweet red berries, orange rind, spices and subtle soil tones. On the palate, the wine medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety, with succulent acids, good concentration and a long, exquisitely perfumed finish. Indeed, it’s only by comparison with the domaine’s utterly suave wines from Vosne-Romanée later in the tasting that this Corton’s tannins seem comparatively coarse-grained. Picked on September 4th, it is showing appreciably better than it did when I tasted it from tank before bottling last year.”
Allen Meadows-Burghound 93 points “A ripe, fresh and layered nose combines notes of plum, spice, earth and plenty of floral influences. There is fine richness to the relatively supple middle weight flavors that possess a velvety mid-palate mouthfeel along with reasonable if not special density, all wrapped in a youthfully austere, balanced and sneaky long finish where a hints of warmth and sweetness eventually emerge. This minerally effort needs to develop better depth but the potential appears to be present for that to occur.”

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New Reviews for Domaine Weinbach

Dry Grand Cru Rieslings
From Stuart Pigott of James Suckling

Arriving in December:

Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg, Alsace Grand Cru 2018 750ML ($79.95) $59 pre-arrival special, 24 bottles available
97 Stuart Pigott-James Suckling points
“This dry riesling has astonishing elegance for the very warm vintage, with super ripe orange and papaya notes that lie far from the mainstream for the grape. Sure, it’s slightly Baroque on the nose, but at the finish it’s all Gothic filigree and intensely mineral, too. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.”

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Domaine Weinbach Riesling Schlossberg Cuvee Sainte Catherine, Alsace Grand Cru 2018 750ML ($89.95) $69 pre-arrival special, 24 bottles available
Stuart Pigott-James Suckling 99 points
“One of the wines of this challenging vintage in Alsace, this is a masterpiece of concentrated minerality, but also has a seductive, kaleidoscopic array of yellow and exotic-fruit aromas (most obviously puréed peach). Tons of structure, but this is already so beautifully interwoven into the palate that it simply adds textural complexity at the very long finish. From the estate’s oldest vines on the granitic Grand Cru Schlossberg. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.”

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The average price is $82



Collector’s Corner

Cheval Blanc in South America:
The 100-Point 2017 Cheval des Andes

Cheval des Andes is a joint project between Saint Emilion’s Château Cheval Blanc and Argentina’s Terrazas De Los Andes. Many of you are likely familiar with the former, the most famous of Saint Emilion’s 4 Premier Grand Cru Classé ‘A’ producers. If the name sounds f
amiliar, but you just can’t seem to place it, know that the 1961 vintage was the object of Miles’ obsession, and the contents of his styrofoam cup during the climactic scene of the classic 2004 film Sideways.

As for Terrazas De Los Andes, it would be on the short list for grand cru status if Argentina ever considered implementing their own classification system. A pioneer of high elevation viticulture, Terrazas De Los Andes was one of the first producers to demonstrate Argentina’s potential for cool-climate winemaking. Hailing from a country best known for high alcohol, bombastic wines, Cheval des Andes zigged while others zagged. Today their wines are considered some of the continent’s most elegance, complex and age-worthy.

Always one of the South America’s most sought after wines, the 2017 Cheval des Andes is poised to become the most collectable vintage ever. In awarding the wine a perfect 100-point score, James Suckling didn’t mince words: “This is the greatest Cheval des Andes ever.”

Pre-Arrival ETA February 2021:

Terrazas de Los Andes ‘Cheval des Andes’, Mendoza 2017 750ML ($99.95) $89 pre-arrival special
James Suckling 100 points
“This is the greatest Cheval des Andes ever. The integration of fruit, tannins and acidity is fantastic. Full-bodied, tight and solid with beautiful depth and integrity. Extremely long and exciting. Complex and compelling. Available in September 2020. Better after 2024.”
Luis Gutierrez-Wine Advocate 97+ points “In the last few years, a handful of wines from Chile and Argentina—often French owned—have been released in September through the Place de Bordeaux, the network of négociants that sell most of the Bordeaux wines and some of the leading wines from other regions. The 2017 Cheval des Andes is one such wine. 2017 saw an early harvest, but they started picking on the 6th of March and continued until the 10th of April, more or less normal dates, early but not so much. The varietal break down this vintage comes to 62% Malbec and 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the wine is slightly riper and higher in alcohol than 2016 (this 2017 is 14.2% alcohol). The different plots fermented separately with selected yeasts, and the élevage lasted for 15 months and was in 50/50 new and second use barrels, 90% of them French and the rest made with wood from Eastern Europe. They used 45% Bordeaux barrels, 45% 400-liter barrels and, for the first time, a 2,500-liter oak foudre. This is clearly the darkest of the trio of vintages I tasted together here—2015, 2016 and 2017—but all three have the elegant and powerful profile, the luxurious and creamy character found in the best Bordeaux wines in the last few years, wines of power with precision, concentration, energy and finesse. This seems to combine the clout of the 2015 and the freshness of the 2016 and feels something in between those two vintages. Their work in the vineyard toward the maturity of the tannins meant the challenge in 2017 was to not let the grapes ripen too fast and too early. The work is different for Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, to get round tannins in Cabernet and get some tension in Malbec, the contrary of the normal tendency of the varieties. 2017 has less ripeness than the 2015 but more density than the 2016. The texture is velvety, precise and harmonious. This year, they introduced a larger foudre for 10% of the wine, with the aim to reach 20%, so that volume is increasing every year. I think this is showing more precision, and in a more challenging year, they managed to keep the quality on par with 2016. They have changed the label this year, to a cleaner and more elegant label that also reflects the direction the wine is going in. 81,500 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2019.”
Josh Raynolds-Vinous 95 points “The seventeenth vintage of Cheval des Andes, a wine that has undergone a model transformation. I recently tried the 2007, and it’s fascinating to trace the different stages of its evolution, all of which say something about the contemporary history of Argentine wine. To sum up, it started out with a French love of concentration and ripeness and ended up with an equally French love of equilibrium and local terroir. The 2017 is a new beginning in itself. A blend of Malbec with 38% Cabernet Sauvignon, it presents a bold nose of fresh fruit such as sweet and sour cherry with fleshy aromas and a touch of white pepper over a bold, woody backdrop. A fluid wine, slightly taut on the palate with medium structure, a delicate feel and active tannins well integrated into the terse texture, overall it is nuanced and full of flavor. Possesses a balance that respects the concentration of the vintage without ever letting it get out of hand. An Argentine wine made with more than a nod to French expertise.”

Can’t Wait?  In Stock Now from Cheval des Andes:

Terrazas de Los Andes ‘Cheval des Andes’, Mendoza 2016 750ML ($119.95) $89 special, 2 bottles in stock now
James Suckling 99 points
“Super refined and beautiful with flowers, spices, dried fruit and hints of stones. Medium to full body with very fine tannins and a gorgeous finish. Shows great finesse and depth. Savory character, as always, but in check. Drink in 2022.”
Luis Gutierrez-Wine Advocate 97+ points “I also tasted the 2015 and 2016 next to the newly released 2017 to give it some context and to see the evolution and changes implemented in the last few years. The 2016 Cheval des Andes is probably the freshest wine produced to date and the first vintage when they used 100% own grapes. Of the trio of vintages tasted together—2015, 2016 and 2017—this is the one with less alcohol and more freshness, and it remains a more austere expression, reflecting a cooler and wetter year that resulted in a less exuberant wine, a benchmark for freshness. I’m looking forward to 2018 to see where they go in the next cool vintage after this 2016… They produced 60,000 bottles and 2,400 magnums. It was bottled in December 2017.”
Stephen Tanzer-Vinous 95 points “Bright, dark red-ruby. Wild, musky scents and flavors of black raspberry, black pepper, olive tapenade, licorice and rocky salinity. Plush, savory and seamless; a mouthcoating Malbec-based blend with superb depth and palate presence. As concentrated as this wine is, it’s medium-bodied in the style of this cooler year but also remarkably nuanced and harmonious from the start, communicating an impression of restrained sweetness. Finishes extremely long and edge-free, with noble tannins and palate-saturating breadth. Incidentally, with this 2016, Cheval des Andes is now made entirely with estate fruit, from their properties in La Compuertas and Altamira. (aged in 70% new oak).”

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