Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Updated Review: ***+ $$ 2003 B-crux (Bcrux) Red Wine, Mendoza, Argentina= GOOD VALUE

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Original Review, November, 2007:
This is an interesting, modestly priced (<$20), well-rated (91 points Wine Spectator) red blend from the Mendoza region of Argentina. It is a blend based on tempranillo, a bit unusual for the region, and includes malbec, merlot and syrah.

In the glass, the deep red wine is almost opaque up to about a quarter inch from the glass. Aromas pitch from the glass - somewhat high-pitched, angular and fruity, but still intense, with an oaky backbone. On the palate, there is a structured middle fruit with sturdy tannins, stingier in the front and more generous in the back. Layer and layer of flavor in the finish. I do believe this one could age for awhile to very good effect. Three stars out of five, with a plus for guts.

Here's what Wine Spectator said in giving it 91 points: "Very dark, but pure, with cassis and blackberry fruit layered with vanilla, mocha, mineral and tar notes. Long, dark, plush finish stays nicely focused, thanks to fine-grained tannins."

Updated review, over four years later, now nine years from vintage date,  May, 2012:  Deep mahogany in the glass, still opaque in the center.   Sweet, deep and fresh inky aromas.  No hint of age.  Balanced, sweet, sturdy and still fruity on the palate, with good oak-laced structure.  Nice tannins and red berries lead to the finish.  Still drinking well.  Gains a plus for longevity on the three stars. Achieves a "good value" designation on the Spirit of Wine scale.

Updated again, two more years later, now 11 years from vintage date, September, 2014:  Consistent color and aroma.  A little more fleshy on the palate, but still firm and not showing tiredness.  More deep plums than red berries coming through.  Still very solid.

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