2011 Antucura Gran Vin Proprietary Red

Year: 2011
Appellation: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 89
Vinous Media: 91
James Suckling: 88
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 15.4%
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"A taut and sinewy style, with well-structured flavors of dried cherry, roasted plum and dried savory herb. Features cast iron and sanguine notes, revealing some minty hints on the finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Drink now through 2019. 400 cases made. -KM" (WS)

"The oily/olive sensations are even stronger in the 2011 Grand Vin, a blend of 50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Malbec that is ripe and matured in oak barrels, which added spicy sensations. Juicy and heady, this is slightly sweet toward the finish. 7,854 bottles produced.

Anne-Caroline Biancheri established herself in Vista Flores, Tunuy√°n in the Uco Valley in 2003. She produced 200,000 bottles under the name Antucura." (WA)

"(15.5% alcohol; 52% Merlot, 37% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Malbec; aged for 18 months in new French oak): Bright medium red. Complex, inviting aromas of plum, smoke, milk chocolate, spices and flowers, with a strong element of smoky herbs. Suave, sweet and energetic but mellow too; stuffed with fruit yet light on its feet and elegant. Red fruit and spice flavors are complicated by mocha quality, with an element of vegetility adding nuance. Finishes with lush, broad, fine-grained tannins and noteworthy subtle length." (VM)

"A fresh and reserved style with blackberry and berry character. Light and subtle. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Varietal Composition of wine: 52% Merlot, 37% Cab. Sauvignon 11% Malbec. Wood aging parameters (type of wood, age of barrels, time in barrels): 16 months in new French oak barrels, then bottles were stored for 12 months with controlled temperature light and humidity before releasing. Extended maceration for up to 45 days ensures the soft tannins and an elegant profile. The Gran Vin is aged for 16 months in the French oak barrels and held in our cool cellars to develop in bottle for several years.