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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 historic mountainous region of Cuyo in central-west Argentina, remains the nation's key wine producing area to this day, producing over eighty percent of the country's wines. Argentinian wines have gone from strength to strength over the past few decades, and it is undoubtedly the region of Cuyo which produces Argentina's most characterful and representative wines. Cuyo's dry and arid soil, rich in iron and other minerals has proven to be an ideal environment for the cultivation of Malbec grapes, alongside several other varietals which thrive in the hot climate and reach full ripeness each autumn, expressing their fruit-forward character. The vineyards of Cuyo are fed by the great Desaguadero River and its tributaries, helped by the extensive irrigation projects which have been undertaken over the past century.

Country: Argentina

As the world's fifth largest producer of wine, after France, Italy, Spain and the United States, Argentina has plenty to offer the international wine market in regards to both quantity and quality. Despite this being the case for several decades now, it has only been since the end of the twentieth century that the Argentinian wine industry has really begun to up their game when it comes to the methods and techniques required to produce world class wines, which are both representative of their country and region of origin, and which stand alone as complex, interesting and delicious wines to drink. As Argentina became a serious contender in the international wine market, wineries previously concerned primarily with high volumes began to change their priorities, and formerly struggling small bodegas and independent wineries began to find success. Nowadays, well crafted wines from smaller vineyards in Argentina are being lauded as some of the finest in the world, and the country is starting to reap the benefits of its heritage, which include some very old vines, and up to four centuries of experience in wine production.