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The 2005 Cuvelier Los Andes is a blend of 70% Malbec, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Syrah, 7% Merlot and 4% Petit Verdot.

Dark violet in color. Black cherry and dark fruit compote, graphite and a hint of soy sauce on the nose. Black fruit, plum, licorice, pencil shavings and espresso on the palate. Very dry, broad with good concentration and well integrated/structured with ample, soft tannins.

The wine was aged in French oak for 12 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Cuvelier Los Andes is owned by Leoville Poyferre (a 2nd Growth Bordeaux property in the Medoc) and the wine was produced with consultant Michel Roland — and is part of the Clos de los Siete, a collaborative project by seven producers in Argentina.

I bought more of this wine after tasting it to put down and would expect this to mature over the next 7-10 years or more. Very sophisticated and well made. Another example of Argentina’s leadership position of producing the best wines in South America, though I suspect many would not identify this as an Argentine wine in a blind tasting.

Be careful buying this wine, I have seen it priced as low as $22 a bottle and as high as $34 a bottle. It may not be as good of a value as the Clos de los Siete, but I would be inclined to go with the Cuvelier if I had to choose between the two — and it is certainly the more age worthy of the two. Strongly recommended.

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See previous post on this wine — I ordered it last week from the Wine Exchange in LA. I couldn’t wait to open a bottle. As noted it is 50% Malbec, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 10% Syrah from Argentina, produced under the direction of Michel Rolland.

This wine is under $15 a bottle, and might be one of the best values of the year. Obviously, it is very young — but showing very well, opulent, dark berry, dark chocolate– very good structure, balance and finish.

While everyone is raving about the 2005’s from Bordeaux, you might not find this quality in any of those wines at the $25 price point.

This is probably my second favorite wine from Argentina that I have had this year. My favorite is the Cuvilier Los Andes 2005.

Strongly recommended.

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