Thursday, October 17, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Argentina Malbec Blend - 2010 Cruz Alta Chairman's Blend

Cruz Alta has been named in the past as one of Wine and Spirits top value brands from South America.  I am a big fan of their everyday Malbecs ($12 for "regular", $15 for their Reserve, and $18 for their Grand Reserve - all really good!). I decided to move up into their "Weekend Wine" level offerings at about $25 with their limited availability Chairman's Blend.  This wine throws some Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah in the mix, plus gets 18 months in French and American Oak.



Wine: 2010 Cruz Alta Chairman's Blend
Region: Mendoza Argentina
Grape Varieties: Malbec (85%), Cabernet Sauvignon (10%), Syrah (5%)
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $25.00
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.


Cork Condition: Screw Top - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear, deep dark purple with a water white rim.
Aroma: Dark fruit like blackberry, vanilla, dark chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee.
Taste: Nicely tannic, great fruit forward flavor, nice finish that highlights the chocolate notes.

The Grade: I give this one an A. A much bigger wine from the addition of heavy hitting Cab and Syrah, plus ample time in French and American Oak. If you like Malbec and want to try something with a fuller body - give this a try.  With Cruz Alta you can definitely taste the difference between their price levels - you get what you pay for!

3 comments:

  1. Wine Enthusiast gives this only 86 points - close to very good, but only in the good range.

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  2. Wine Enthusiast gives this only 86 points - close to very good, but only in the good range.

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  3. I think you are correct for the 2012 at 86 pts, but this 2010 I reviewed got 90 pts. Wish I still had some!!!!

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