Cuvelier Los Andes Coleccion
| Wine Spectator 89 points (Sep 30 2014)
A juicy style, with fresh boysenberry, plum and raspberry flavors supported by crisp acidity and muscular tannins. Notes of tar and slate show on the dense, chewy finish. Needs some time to settle down. Best from 2015 through 2021. 5,000 cases imported.-KM
Vinous 91 points (Mar 2014)
Bright, saturated medium ruby. Pure aromas of blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate are complemented by nutty oak and lifted by a violet topnote. Dense, concentrated and sappy; as primary as a barrel sample. In fact, this is extremely backward and youthfully imploded for a 20 bottle. Finishes with sneaky rising length and a serious tannic spine to support a slow evolution in bottle. Forget about this juicy, vibrant wine for at least a few years.
Wine Advocate 91 points (Apr 2014)
The 2011 Coleccion Blend is a multi-grape blend consisting of 58% Malbec, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Syrah and 4% Merlot fermented in inox and partially aged in French oak barrels (60%) and is the top wine produced in 2011, a disastrous vintage for the winery, when 75% of their crop was destroyed by hail and they didn?t produce Grand Vin or Grand Malbec, so I suppose the best fruit went into this cuvee. For a cool vintage with plenty of challenges, the wine reached 15% alcohol, so don?t expect any green aromas or diluted flavors here. The nose is a powerful combination of dark plums, espresso coffee, Belgian chocolate and shy hints of red cherries with a full-bodied palate and abundant, fine-grained tannins, moderate acidity and good length, no doubt lifted by the alcohol. This is a big, ripe blend, slightly international, in need of some bottle aging. 42,000 bottles were produced in 2011. Drink 2015-2021.