O. Fournier Red Blend Alfa Crux 2007 750ml
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O. Fournier Red Blend Alfa Crux 2007

O. Fournier - Cuyo - Argentina - Mendoza - Uco Valley

Professional Wine Reviews for O. Fournier Red Blend Alfa Crux 2007

Rated 93 by Decanter
A red that shows serious fruit intensity on the nose and palate with lots of dark berry, Asian mushroom and violets. A shot of new wood on the finish, but not too much. 60% tempranillo, 25% malbec and 15% cabernet sauvignon. Better in 2016. (Suckling)
Rated 93 by Robert Parker
The 2007 Alfa Crux Blend is sourced from 20- to 70-year-old vineyards in the Uco Valley and is a blend of 60% Tempranillo, 25% Malbec and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented in French oak vats and then transferred to oak barrels (80% French and 20% American) where it matures for 20 months. According to winemaker Jose Spisso, 2007 was not an easy vintage, with some early frosts which reduced yields, but was a good year for long-cycle varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, etc.). They kept this wine and are releasing it now because they feel Tempranillo needs more time. It has some honeyed notes of pollen and beeswax, with very ripe raspberries and notes of cinnamon and sweet spices. The palate reveals fine grained-tannins, good balance and acidity with great length, showing very lively and young for its age, this is an elegant vintage for this wine. I had the chance to preview the following vintages, bottled already up till 2010, which promises to be one of the best vintages ever. From the old vintages I'd recommend 2002, the second vintage ever produced, and 2006. They were all showing very well, with years ahead in bottle. Drink 2014-2020.
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Winery: O. Fournier

Vintage: 2007

2007 was the year that saw California's wine industry pick up once again, after a troubling couple of years. Indeed, all across the state of California, fantastic harvests were reported as a result of fine weather conditions throughout the flowering and ripening periods, and Napa Valley and Santa Barbera wines were widely considered amongst the best in the world in 2007, with Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes packing in all sorts of fine and desirable features in this year. South Africa, too, had a much-needed fantastic year for red wines, with Pinotage particularly displaying strong characteristics, alongside the country's other flagship red wine grape varietals. Over in Europe, France had another fine year, especially for white wines. Champagne wineries were very happy with their Chardonnay harvests, and the Loire Valley and Graves in Bordeaux are proclaiming 2007 to be a memorable year due to the quality of their white wine grapes. For French red wines, Provence had their best year for almost a decade, as did the Southern Rhone. However, 2007 was most favorable to Italy, who saw high yields of exceptional quality across almost all of their major wine producing regions. Tuscany is claiming to have produced its best Chianti and Brunello wines for several years in 2007, and Piedmont and Veneto had a wonderful year for red wines. For Italian white wines, 2007 was an extremely successful year for Alto Adige and Campania. Germany also had a very good 2007, with Riesling displaying extremely dry and crisp characteristics, as did Portugal, where Port wine from 2007 is said to be one to collect.

Region: Cuyo

Situated in and around the Andean mountains, the Cuyo region of Argentina has long been associated with the best of the country's wine industry. Including now world famous provinces such as Mendoza and La Rioja, Argentina's Cuyo region has something of an ideal environment for the cultivation of high quality grapes – including Argentina's flagship varietal, the Malbec – which includes the beautiful Desaguadero River and its tributaries. Although the region itself is quite dry and arid, the soils have a remarkably high mineral content, and plenty of iron which gives it the distinctive red color associated with Cuyo. For several decades now, wineries in Cuyo have been booming, as more and more of the global wine audience begin to recognize the region's remarkable potential for rich and flavorful wines.

Country: Argentina

It is said that the first Argentinian vines were planted in the Mendoza more than four hundred years ago by European settlers, and despite these early wines being used primarily for religious purposes, the fervor for wine making never left the area. Today, Argentina is keen to demonstrate its technological prowess when it comes to vineyard cultivation, by combining traditional methods of irrigation left over from the Huarpes Indians with modern techniques in order to make the dry, arid desert an ideal environment for growing grapes. Indeed, these ancient irrigation channels, dug hundreds of years ago and still in use today, bring mineral-rich melt water from the Andes via the Mendoza river, something which gives the grapes grown in this region some of their character. The primary grape of this and other regions of Argentina is the Malbec, which is highly susceptible to rot in its native France, but which thrives in the dry and hot climate of South America, producing rich and plummy wines which are highly drinkable especially when young.