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Cheval des Andes 2002

Bordeaux Red Blends from Argentina
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  • WS92
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Winemaker Notes

This is the second vintage of this wine, made by the joint venture between Terrazas de los Andes and Chateau Cheval-Blanc.

60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec from the areas of Las Compuertas/Lujan de Cuyo.

The 2002 vintage is definitely more "new world" than its predecessor. Bigger and fuller, it clearly shows its pedigree (2002 was an excellent vintage for Mendoza reds). Color is deep dark rubi-red, with a subtle nose at first…. But, as you play with your glass the nose "explodes" and shows its full power - hints of tobacco and red fruit jelly appear. On the palate, it provides a big mouthful that is intense yet not overpowering, no aggressive alcoholic kick that you sometimes find in new world young wines with "big wine" aspirations. Well rounded tannic structure, elegant and long finish.

Critical Acclaim

RP 93
The Wine Advocate

WE 93
Wine Enthusiast

WS 92
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Cheval des Andes

Cheval des Andes

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Cheval des Andes, , South America
Cheval des Andes
Cheval des Andes is a unique wine born of generations of passion and savoir-faire, the Argentinian expression of Chateau Cheval Blanc. Renewing the legendary Bordeaux art of assemblage, which it was the first to apply to the high-altitude terroirs for Terrazas de los Andes, it reaches out to those who value tradition, exploration and discovery in equal measure.

Cheval des Andes produces its grapes entirely in two wholly-owned, high-elevation vineyards: Las Compuertas, our jewel vineyard in Luján de Cuyo, the most prestigious winegrowing region of Mendoza, and La Consulta, in the promising region of Valle de Uco, further South.

Reflecting the Cheval des Andes philosophy of precision viticulture, the vineyards are planted in small parcels with the five grape varieties that may, depending on the vintage, be used to blend Cheval des Andes: Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.

Refined and elegant, bold and vigorous Cheval des Andes is the Grand Cru of the Andes. The exhilarating blend of an illustrious past and inspiring future.

Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for nearly every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa, the region only produces about half the amount of wine, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in both quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros, and Fort Ross-Seaview. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

Pinot Noir

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One of the most difficult yet rewarding grapes to grow, Pinot Noir is commonly referred to by winemakers as the “heartbreak grape.” However, the greatest red wines of Burgundy prove that it is unquestionably worth the effort. More reflective than most varieties of the land on which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate, requires low yields to achieve high quality, and demands care in the vineyard and lots of attention in the winery. It is an important component of Champagne and the only variety permitted in red Burgundy. Pinot Noir enjoys immense popularity internationally, most notably in Oregon, California, and New Zealand.

In the Glass

Pinot Noir Is all about red fruit—strawberry, raspberry, and cherry. It is relatively pale in color with soft tannins and lively acidity. It ranges in body from very light to the heavier side of medium, typically landing somewhere in the middle—giving it extensive possibilities for food pairing. With age (of which the best examples can handle an astounding amount), it can develop hauntingly beautiful characteristics of fresh earth, autumn leaves, and truffles.

Perfect Pairings

Pinot’s healthy acidity cuts through the oiliness of pink-fleshed fish like salmon, ocean trout, and tuna. Its mild mannered tannins don’t fight with spicy food, and give it enough structure to pair with all sorts of poultry—chicken, quail, and especially duck. As the namesake wine of Boeuf Bourguignon, it can even match with heavier fare. Pinot Noir is also very vegetarian-friendly—most notably with any dish that features mushrooms.

Sommelier Secret

Pinot Noir is dangerously drinkable, highly addictive, and has a bad habit of emptying the wallet. Look for affordable but still delicious examples from Germany (as Spätburgunder), Italy (as Pinot Nero), Chile, New Zealand, and France’s Loire Valley and Alsace regions.

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