O Fournier Alfa Centauri Blend 2008
ALCOHOL BY VOL. 14.6%
BOTTLE VOL 750mL
BLEND INFO Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot
SERVING TEMP. 17.0°C
Carmine red tones. Spicy, with nutmeg and chocolate notes with black fruit finish. Well balanced and round with velvety tannins. Vineyard: La Higuera and Linares Age of the Vineyard: 100 years old for the Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard, 120 for Cabernet Franc, 60 years for Merlot. Time of Harvest: During April Altitude: 300 metres above sea level Harvest Method: Handpicked grapes sorted at the winery. Winemaking: Fermentation on stainless steel tanks, at 28°C. Maceration at 24°C between 15–25 days. Unfined and unfiltered. Winemaker: José M. Spisso Alcohol: 14.6% vol. Volume: 750 ml Residual sugars: 2.7 gr/litre Standard Drinks: 8.6 Peak drinking: Enjoy now Best Served: 16°–17°C Ageing: 18 months in new French oak barrels
Rated 93 by Wine Advocate
The 2008 Alfa Centauri Red Blend is composed of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Merlot aged for 18 months in new French oak. The Cabernet Sauvignon component was sourced from 100-year-old vines and the Cabernet Franc from 120-year-old vines. Purple in color, it surrenders an expressive bouquet of sandalwood, earthy minerals, dried herbs and spices, black currant, and blackberry. This sets the stage for a wine of exceptional volume, succulence, and length. It is likely to evolve for 4-5 years and offers a drinking window extending from 2017 to 2028. It could easily pass for a classified growth Bordeaux from a top vintage.
Rated 91 by Stephen Tanzer
Bright ruby-red. Intense black and blue fruit aromas are complemented by potpourri and smoky herbs. Broad, palate-staining blackberry and boysenberry flavors become brighter with air, showing a suave spicy character. Finishes with excellent clarity and juicy persistence, the blueberry and spice notes repeating.
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