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Altocedro "La Consulta Select" Red Blend
Staff Pick

Altocedro "La Consulta Select" Red Blend - 2016

Item # 29547 750mL
$27.96/ Single Bottle
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$167.76 $150.98/ Case of 6
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Tasting Notes

Here is a great bottle for your steak dinner. It's a full-bodied red wine that's made from a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, and Syrah. What you'll find is dark chocolate, licorice, and blackberries. The tannins are assertive and well-integrated, with a dash of oak.


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Staff Pick Notes

While Mendoza remains synonymous with Malbec, there is certainly more to explore. One of the best places to do this is the sub-region of Valle de Uco, located on the eastern border in the foothills of the snow capped Andes. In this rugged, higher altitude terrain you'll find Tempranillo, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon and many others. The mix of these hand harvested grapes along with the signature Malbec comprise the blend in this rich, full red. An excellent balance of fruit, tannin and acidity, look for dark plum, black olive, bitter cacao, spice and dusty earth. Yes, there is a lot going on here. In other words, a great argument for complexity in Argentine wines.

- DY

Astor's Glossary of Terms

Argentina

Ever tried a sparkling Malbec? A Patagonian Pinot Noir? Argentine winemakers have long been in a position to experiment, most often with very tasty results. Many grapes flourish here, but none have been as commercially successful as Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. One of the great undiscovered gems is Torrontés, a fresh, aromatic white variety that is best enjoyed young. The red Bonarda grape is...

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Syrah

We'd like to clear this up once and for all: the Shiraz grape is genetically identical to Syrah. Australian winemakers put "Shiraz" on the map (and, many would argue, vice versa), and the term is now used throughout much of the New World. Let it never be said, however, that Shiraz and Syrah are the same thing: the region in which the grape is grown determines much about the flavor of the wine it...

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Tempranillo

A.k.a. Cencibel. Just about synonymous with Spanish wine, the red Tempranillo grape has now fully won over the hearts and minds of critics and amateur oenophiles all over the world. The best bottles are powerful and ageworthy, and are beginning to fetch prices you'd never have expected from Spanish wines just a few years ago. Tempranillo is often used in blends with Bordeaux grapes such as...

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Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California,...

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Malbec

Known as Côt throughout much of France, Malbec is the dark-skinned variety that put Argentinian wine on the map - and likewise, Argentinian Malbec saved the grape from near obscurity. The Cahors appellation in France still relies on Malbec to distinguish many of its wines, but the area is exceptional in this regard. As the grape can be quite difficult to cultivate, it has become far less popular...

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