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

Uco Valley - Mendoza - Cuyo - Argentina

Professional Wine Reviews for O. Fournier Alfa Crux Red Blend 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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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

The region of Cuyo has been internationally associated with fine Argentinian wine for several decades, and has a wine history which stretches back centuries to the time of the original Spanish settlers, who sought areas in which to plant imported grape vines for sacramental wine production. The region contains several of Argentina's most renowned and widely appreciated provinces, including the Mendoza, La Rioja, San Juan and San Luis, and the mountainous nature of this arid region provides an ideal environment for vineyard cultivation. As the mighty Desaguadero River snakes its way between the Andes, it deposits plenty of important minerals in the soil, which allow grape varietals closely associated with the Argentinian wine industry – such as Malbec – to grow to a perfect level of ripeness. As such, even in the driest areas of the Cuyo region, flavorful and fruit-forward wines are produced in impressive amounts.

Country: Argentina

In the dry, arid deserts of Argentina, wineries and winemakers are focusing their efforts on producing high quality wines for the world market. By experimenting with both traditional and modern methods and technologies, they have found great success with a wide variety of grapes well suited to the conditions of the country, particularly Malbec, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon. Over the past decade, Argentinian wineries have continued to aim high, and this has led to a range of new wines using grape varietals not typically associated with the country. The cooler regions of Argentina are seeing more vineyards being planted with Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir varietals, something that is beginning to produce fantastic results, which are at once representative of the country's wines - with all their fruity and bold character - but are also pushing the boundaries of what we expect from a New World country.