The wine presents pronounced aromas of black fruits, lavender and a hint of balsamic that merge with sweet, ripe tannins on the finish.
Wine Advocate 90 points - The 2009 Alfa Crux Malbec is pure Malbec from La Consulta aged for 20 months in new oak barrels, of which 80% is French and 20% American. It has a very ripe bouquet, opulent and ravishing with glossy macerated dark cherries, iodine, fresh fig and vanilla. To be honest, as much as I adored Fournier?s wines, I find this a little too ripe. The palate is rich and powerful, with intense, mineral-rich black fruit and toasty oak, leading to a black pepper-laced finish. For its style, it is certainly well-made, but it is a little unbalanced on the finish. Drink 2014-2021. (Oct 2012)
Founded in 2000 by Spanish entrepreneur Jose Manual Ortega Gil-Fournier, Bodegas y Vinedos O. Fournier is comprised of estate vineyards in Argentina’s Uco Valley, Chile’s Maule and San Antonio Valleys and Spain’s Ribera del Duero region. They produce a range of high quality wines from superior vineyard sites using a blend of traditional and modern technology. Chief Winemaker Jose Spisso oversees the winemaking for all three estates. O. Fournier produces four different levels of wine differentiated by their origins, aging regimens, styles and price points. The Urban range presents fresh, modern, fruit-driven wines aged in oak barrels for three months. The B Crux (Argentina), Centauri (Chile) and Spiga (Spain) wines are aged 12 months in new and first use barrels and 6-12 months in bottle. The Alfa Crux (Argentina), Alfa Centauri (Chile) and Alfa Spiga (Spain) wines are aged for approximately 18 months in new barrels and 12 months in bottle. The top tier wines, labeled simply as O. Fournier, are a special selection produced only in exceptional vintages and in very small quantities. O. Fournier owns three estate vineyards in Argentina located nine miles from the base of the Andes Mountains Finca Santa Sofia, Finca San Manuel and Finca San Jose. A total of 232 acres are planted to vines on well draining rocky and sandy soils. Finca Santa Sofia (182 acres) is planted to Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Verdot and Gewurztraminer. With the exception of Malbec, the vines originate from France and Italy and were grafted onto American rootstock. They are planted in the traditional bush vine method in order to ensure lower yields, more concentrated aromas and greater structure. Finca San Manuel (19 acres) is planted with Tempranillo and Malbec. Finca San Jose (17 acres) is planted to Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Winemaker Ramiro Balliro is assisted by Jose Spisso, Head Winemaker for O. Fournier.
|The grapes were fermented for 28 days in stainless steel tanks after five days of cold maceration. Matured for 20 months in new French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels.