2014 Tapiz Cabernet Sauvignon Alta Collection

Year: 2014
Appellation: Medoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
James Suckling: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
Price :
$13.95

TO BE HONEST AFTER TASTING I DO NOT KNOW IF I TRUST WINE SPECTATOR WITH ITS 88 POINTS NOR DO I TRUST JAMES SUCKLING WITH HIS 96 POINTS, BUT I DO TRUST MY PALATE AND THIS IS A DAMN GOOD VALUE ANY WAY YOU SCORE IT!

"A taut and muscular red, with dark currant, black olive and dried meat flavors that feature notes of dried mint and sage. The tannic finish has smoky accents. Drink now through 2018. 8,000 cases made. –KM " (WS)

"The 2014 Alta Collection Cabernet Sauvignon was very fresh and subtle, with perfectly integrated oak, I'd say a European profile gravitating towards elegance and finesse. Very good for what it is. 54,000 bottles produced.

Tapiz has a new winery in San Pablo, and all the wines now are from Valle de Uco, mostly San Pablo; all I tasted this time was from there. In the past, it was a little confusing, as the wines were produced in the same winery as Zolo, as the owners are the same. Jean-Claude Berrout and his son, of Petrus fame, are consultants here (and a little in Zolo too). The wines are improving from vintage to vintage." (WA)

"A wine with lots of depth and fruit now with dark berry and dark chocolate character. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. So much here. Give it four to five years bottle age. Great wine." (JS)

Winery Notes:
Tapiz is one of the most renowned and awarded Argentine wineries. Winemaker Fabian Valenzuela was joined by Jean Claude Berrouet in 2012. Jean Claude is the recently-retired winemaker of Petrus, having presided over 44 vintages at this revered Bordeaux winery. Tapiz is proud that Jean Claude chose to work with them exclusively in Argentina. To celebrate the addition of Jean Claude, Tapiz created a new “Alta Collection” line of wines. The “Alta Collection” fruit comes solely from Tapiz's sustainably-farmed estate San Pablo vineyard in the Uco Valley. San Pablo is one of the highest altitude vineyards in Mendoza (4,600 feet above sea level). This extreme altitude provides for warm days which impart concentration to the grapes, and cold nights which give natural acidity.

Fabian and Jean Claude work together to create a beautiful tapiz (tapestry) between the wine's unfiltered fruit and its oak aging. These full-bodied yet elegant wines have the acidity and complexity to drink on their own or complement food. As Restaurant Wine exclaimed: “Tapiz is a very consistent producer of excellent wines.”