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Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 168
(a five-variety Bordeaux blend based on 81% cabernet sauvignon): Good dark red. Expressive aromas and flavors of plum, redcurrant, tobacco, hot stones, brown sugar and cedary oak. Sweet and fine-grained in the mouth, with sexy chocolate and mocha notes adding appeal. Spreads out generously on the ripely tannic aftertaste. A very impressive vintage for this bottling.
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Author: Antonio Galloni
The 2010 Altagracia is surprisingly huge in this vintage. Layers of exotic black fruit, spices, mocha and espresso burst onto the palate with striking depth, power and richness. There is an immediacy to the 2010 that is simply compelling. No longer a true second wine, Altagracia now also includes a small amount of purchased fruit and is being crafted to stand on its own. The 2010 achieves that, and so much more. It is a fabulous effort from the team at Araujo. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025+.
Tasted On: 01/29/2014
Drink Dates: 2015-2016
Trust Rating: 97
Tasted On: 06/23/2013
Rich fruit, nice nose, but a hint of an odd medicinal note. Good to very good, but at $105 a bottle, doesn't seem to stand out in a crowded field. I have 2 bottles left and would like to see how it develops in a year or two. Not sure if I would buy again; will skip the 2011 and reconsider with the 2012.
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