2015 Tapiz Alta Collection Cabernet Sauvignon

Year: 2015
Appellation: Medoza
Country: Argentina
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Advocate: 90
James Suckling: 93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.9%
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"Concentrated dark cherry, plum and blackberry flavors are filled with rich chocolate and spice notes. Hints of cedar and cigar box on the finish. Drink now through 2020. 1,950 cases made. –KM " (WS)

"The classical 2015 Alta Collection Cabernet Sauvignon was produced with grapes from their estate vineyards in San Pablo. The grapes fermented in stainless steel with selected yeasts after a cold soak. The wine matured in new and second use French oak barrels for 11 months. It's a textbook Uco, cold-climate Cabernet, with berry, herbal and spice aromas in good harmony. The palate is balanced and the tannins fine-grained, true to the variety. Very tasty. 84,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in October 2017.

Tapiz is championing new vineyards in a high-altitude zone (1,340 meters) of Tunuyán in the Valle de Uco, San Pablo, where they have a 452-hectare estate with vines they planted 17 years ago. They have the consulting services of Petrus guru Jean-Claude Berrouet. Now they also have a new winery in San Pablo, so Tapiz is really an independent winery from Zolo, though sharing the same ownership and team. They produce 40,000 bottles per vintage." (WA)

"This is a fantastic wine for the vintage with a clarity and brightness on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, firm and silky tannins and a delicious finish. 2015 was a tough year for Argentina but this is a beautiful wine. Drink now." (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.”