Antucura Calcura 2007
The 2007 Calcura is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 20% Malbec aged in French oak for 12 months. Cedar, spice box, tobacco, violets, and assorted black fruits lead to an incipiently complex, nicely proportioned, lengthy offering that has enough underlying structure to evolve for 1-2 years but can be approached now. It will continue to provide pleasure through 2017+.
This is prickly and spicy on first take, followed by an aromatic wave of ripe berry and tobacco. It feels jammy and almost heavy, with creamy, milkshake flavors of blackberry, vanilla and cream, and a warm, Port-like finish. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 20%.
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