Produced and bottled by Altocedro, Mendoza, Argentina; 14.9% ABV
$7 at the Richmond, CA, store on 13 Jan
This wine, with its back label describing the winemaker’s passion for poetry and high-altitude vineyards, looked promising. It turned out to be outstanding.
I thought the wine needed about 80 minutes in a decanter to fully air, when it tasted of dark blueberry and boysenberry, dark roses / violets, and black earth, with only the occasional slight hint of green bell pepper, and probably other complexities I couldn’t pick out. The body was full and richly textured. To me, it tasted mostly like Syrah and Malbec, with some other grape(s) in smaller amounts. IMO, this is an exceptional GO buy, but you should drink it now. I don’t expect it to improve, and it could start going downhill soon.
The next day, the saved single-glass screwcap bottle still needed about the same amount of time to air. It was redder and less rich and complex than on the first night, but still very tasty. That reinforces my opinion that this is a “drink now” wine.