2005 Cheval des Andes Proprietary Red Blend

Year: 2005
Appellation: Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Advocate: 94
Vinous Media: 91+
Wine Enthusiast: 92
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"Dark and inviting, with crushed plum, currant paste and warm fig sauce flavors backed by alluring cocoa and espresso notes. This has a very silky texture, with a long, suave finish. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2011. 1,500 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2005 Cheval des Andes is made up of 60% Malbec, 26% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 7% Petit Verdot. Purple-colored, it exhibits a complex bouquet of wood smoke, scorched earth, violets, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate it is remarkably elegant with a velvety texture, superb depth, savory flavors, ripe tannin, and 5-7 years of aging potential. Its drinking window will begin in 2014 and last through 2030 at the least. Cheval des Andes is owned by the legendary Saint-Emilion producer, Chateau Cheval Blanc. The wine is sourced from their 50 hectare estate vineyard planted on its own roots in 1929. The first vintage was 1999 and over time the wine has evolved into having a majority of Malbec in the blend. New oak is used for the Cabernet component and one-year-old barrels for the Malbec. Altogether the wine spends 18 months in cask." (WA)

"($65; malbec with cabernet sauvignon and a dash of petit verdot) Full medium ruby. Dark cherry syrup, licorice, graphite, minerals and a whiff of exotic flowers on the nose. Deep, dense and rather backward, but with lovely floral lift and minerality giving energy to the dark berry and bitter chocolate flavors. Finishes with suave tannins and sneaky sweetness. A worthy successor to the excellent 2004. But I must note that three other bottles were distinctly peppery and herbal and far less impressive, so proceed with care on this item. (Moet-Hennessey USA, New York, NY)" (IWC)

"Consistency in the wine world is a virtue, and Cheval covers the consistency issue with ease. Aromas of earth, mushroom, leather and so forth add an Old World touch to this New World Malbec-Cabernet blend. It’s healthy and even juicy on the palate, with blackberry, dark plum and tobacco flavors. An interesting wine that grabs and holds your attention. Drink now through 2012." (WE)