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Altas Cumbres is a brand produced by Bodegas Lagarde. Lagarde also produces wines under the labels: Henry Lagarde, Guarda, and Henry. Altas Cumbres is the value-priced range, that consistently over-delivers. Altas Cumbres is a "collection of young and expressive wines... They display a delicate balance of fruit and acidity." Founded in 1897, Lagarde is one of Argentina's most historic wineries. The vineyards are located in Lujan de Cuyo, in the upper Mendoza River region. Grown on allucial clay, sand and rock soils, the vines' roots need to grow deep into the ground to find nutrients and water. Vines that are grown in adversity will produce more concentrated fruit and wines with more character. The Cabernet Sauvignon is produced from older vines, planted in 1992, 1998 and 2003. 30% of the wine spends between 3-5 months in oak barrels (50% French and 50% American). Enjoy within the upcoming year at 17C.
Ruby red, with faint brick coloured edges.
There is a little bit of 'funk' right off the bat. Dirt, forest floor and garrigue herbs provide a rustic back-drop. Wild strawberry, dark cherry and brambly blue fruits. We also find bits of the stem and pips, again adding to the earthy quality of the wine. If given enough time, purple florals are found.
Smooth and supple across the palate, with a myriad of blue and red fruits. In addition to the violet and rose petal, we are treated to a bit of spice that wasn't as apparent on on the nose. There is more greenery and underbrush, which compliments the sandy tannins. Moderate-light acidity, but no lingering heat through the modest finish.
We want to compliment the earthy flavours with pork sausage season with pepper, herbs and cumin. Serve with wild rice and roasted root vegetables.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Merlot
Retail: $19.99 Club: $18.00