This wine is 59% Mablbec, 15% Cab Sauv, 16% Merlot, 5% Syrah, and 5% Petit Verdot so a Bordeaux blend style of wine. Inky dark in color with a nose of black berries and some oak. On the mid pallet the fruit is overwhelmed by strong tannins, firm acidity and big dryness on a long finish. Even with aerating this wine is BIG. After a good hour of breathing and aerating the firmness eases to reveal some black berries and some richness. Even to the point of slightly jammy. I’m not sure if I’d say this wine is too young or not but it is big. I would give it an 88 or so. You better pair this one with something that can hold it’s own or your tasting nothing but this wine.

From the LCBO web site:
CUVELIER LOS ANDES COLECCIÓN 2009 VINTAGES 144014 | 750 mL bottle Price $ 21.95
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina By: Cuvelier Los Andes S.A.
Release Date: Dec 8, 2012
15.0% Alcohol/Vol. Sugar Content: 2 g/L Sweetness Descriptor: XD – Extra Dry

Cuvelier Los Andes is owned by Bertrand and Jean-Guy Cuvelier, part-owners of Château Léoville-Poyferré in Bordeaux. The consulting winemaker is Michel Rolland.

Tasting Note
Purple in color, with a brooding bouquet, it is a dense, structured, rich wine with impeccable balance, volume, and length. It has the structure to evolve for 2-3 years but can be approached now. It, too, is a great value. Score – 92. (Jay Miller,, Dec. 2011)


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