Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review: ***+ $$ Alta Vista Atemporal Red Blend, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007 - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Mendoza, Argentina, is known for its malbec.   But today, we'll be sampling a meritage  which includes not only  43% of the headliner malbec, but 36% of cabernet sauvignon, 11% of syrah and 10% of petit verdot.

Original tasting and review : This is Alta Vista Atemporal Red Blend, Mendoza, Argentina, 2007, finished at 14.5% alcohol.  The grapes are vinified individually, then combined for the final blend.

In the glass: Atemporal is black magenta in the glass, opaque right up to the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows subtle, structured purple aromas.  From the aroma, seems like this will be serious and brooding.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact  flush, deep and balanced on the palate, showing muddled dark berries with a soft tannin layering.  Fills the palate and extends to a solid, modestly lengthy, masculine and fully clean finish.  Not highly distinctive, but classic and integrated.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Wine Spectator awarded 90 points.

Following two-hour decant:  Woody and floral elements advancing on the nose.  Still integrated on the palate, with a nice, lifted floral nature.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Deep purple on nose, still with wood and flowers.  The floral elements mix in the palate to offer subtle layers. And even longer decant, another full day:  Remains deep, brooding purple on the nose.  The palate draws and lengthens, its darkness shrouding a broader swath.  Gain a plus with this air for its undeniable depth.  Good value.

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