Cheval des Andes Mendoza Malbec Blend 2014

$89.99

...This has to be the best Cheval des Andes I've tried so far. They tell me this is the first vintage that really follows the style they want to produce in Argentina, with balance, complexity and freshness, away from high alcohol, extraction, oak and excess... Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

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Sipping Fine Wine Delectable Pro

Joint venture btw Ch Cheval Blanc & Terrazas De Los Andes, blend of legendary Bordeaux "First Growth" winemaking in Argentina. The ‘14 has a higher % of Malbec(83%) & more Petite Verdot(9%) than Cab Sauv,(8%), do to a rainy season that was challenging for Cab. Aged for 15 months in oak (15% new), medium Ruby with aromas of berry fruits and floral spice nose. On the palate flavors of blueberry and juicy blackberry fruit with herb, cacao and smoky oak. Fine soft tannins, well balanced, good acidity, long finish ending with fruit and oak spice. Nice!

Joint venture btw Ch Cheval Blanc & Terrazas De Los Andes, blend of legendary Bordeaux "First Growth" winemaking in Argentina. The ‘14 has a higher % of Malbec(83%) & more Petite Verdot(9%) than Cab Sauv,(8%), do to a rainy season that was challenging for Cab. Aged for 15 months in oak (15% new), medium Ruby with aromas of berry fruits and floral spice nose. On the palate flavors of blueberry and juicy blackberry fruit with herb, cacao and smoky oak. Fine soft tannins, well balanced, good acidity, long finish ending with fruit and oak spice. Nice!

9.4

Shay A Delectable Pro

Cheval des Andes tasting with their technical manager who is also an assistant winemaker. Tasted ‘05, ‘07, ‘14 and ‘15. Very cool story behind this winery (and its affiliation with Chateau Cheval Blanc). This contained the largest percentage of Malbec they’ve ever used at 83%, rounded out by petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Decidedly darker and more dense on the mid palate than the ‘15. The texture was more plush and this seems to be open for business now...not sure it has the structure to hold as long as the ‘15. More plum, added black currant and licorice.

Cheval des Andes tasting with their technical manager who is also an assistant winemaker. Tasted ‘05, ‘07, ‘14 and ‘15. Very cool story behind this winery (and its affiliation with Chateau Cheval Blanc). This contained the largest percentage of Malbec they’ve ever used at 83%, rounded out by petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Decidedly darker and more dense on the mid palate than the ‘15. The texture was more plush and this seems to be open for business now...not sure it has the structure to hold as long as the ‘15. More plum, added black currant and licorice.

9.3

Daron Watson Delectable Pro

feral & green, botanicals, dark fruits, figs & dates, Christmas cake nose ~ starts similarly as syrup yet finishes lightly

feral & green, botanicals, dark fruits, figs & dates, Christmas cake nose ~ starts similarly as syrup yet finishes lightly

9.2

Tim Eller

How to drink Old World without crossing the Atlantic. Amazing, amazing presence with deep cassis, leather, charcoal and dried twigs. Don't ask me where that last one came from. Elegant, refined, and remarkable - one of the best South American wines I've ever had.

How to drink Old World without crossing the Atlantic. Amazing, amazing presence with deep cassis, leather, charcoal and dried twigs. Don't ask me where that last one came from. Elegant, refined, and remarkable - one of the best South American wines I've ever had.

9.5

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