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Professional Ratings: 96 The Wine Advocate, 92 Wine Enthusiast, 92 Wine & Spirits, 91 International Wine Cellar, 90 Wine Spectator
Region: Argentina, South America
Varietal: Bordeaux Red Blends
Other Info: Collectible Wines
Style: Big & Bold
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
Item no. 102599
Deep black cherry color with mauve glints on the rim. Upon agitating, aromas of dried apricots and floral notes mix with warm scents of tobacco, red berry fruit macerated in brandy, cherry stones and home-made jam, together with cedar-wood, bay leaves and chocolate. The palate is warm and balanced, with freshness and minerals coming through on the mid-palate, along with black currant, spices and almond. Highly integrated, sweet tannins mingle with a long and elegant finish.
The 2006 Cheval des Andes was bottled in early 2008 but has not yet been released. The 2006 vintage is superb throughout Mendoza and this wine, as in many other bodegas I visited in April 2008, shows off the extra dimension of complexity made possible in an exceptional year. The wine is composed entirely of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a bit more saturated than the 2005 with a splendid perfume of pain grille, mineral, espresso, black cherry, and black raspberry that leaps from the glass. More opulent and layered than the 2005, it also conceals a bit more structure. The finish seems to go on and on. Drink it from 2015 to 2035.
Dense and dark, with aromas of rubber and leather. Complex and stylish, but with raw power, and the flavors of blackberry, fig paste and herbs register as modern Mendoza. Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon-Petit Verdot; best from 2011-2015
From the joint venture between Cheval Blanc of St-Emilion and Terrazas de los Andes, this 2006 is still youthful, full of vitality and force. The tannins are wild, almost unruly, corralled by ripe flavors with the kind of depth that will reward cellaring. Give it three or four years, then open it with a ribeye.
Bright medium ruby. Initially restrained aromas of currant, black cherry and chocolatey oak accented by pepper and herbs. Suave and claret-like, with mounting energy and inner-mouth floral character to the delineated flavors of currant, tobacco leaf, graphite and pepper. Intensely flavored but understated and backward wine, with strong but well integrated acidity. Finishes firmly tannic, refined and long, with a chocolatey sweetness and stronger minerality emerging with extended aeration. This laid-back wine, a joint venture between Cheval Blanc and Terrazas de los Andes, needs at least a few years of cellaring. (An earlier bottle began a bit less floral and more youthfully tough but became markedly sweeter and more pliant with 24 hours in the recorked bottle.)
This broad-shouldered red delivers a mix of dark currant, licorice, damson plum and blackberry fruit flavors, well-integrated with espresso-tinged toast. Stays dense and loamy through the finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2011