Bodegas O. Fournier, Mendoza
Alfa Crux Malbec, Uco Valley, 2011
The 2011 Alfa Crux Malbec fermented in oak vats and went through malo in barrel where it matured for 17 months. It seems to have taken the oak much better than the blend (but the blend is from 2009) and it shows a good balance between spicy/oak-related aromas and the juicy berries and violets that are classic Malbec descriptors. The palate is medium to full-bodied, and although the wine is powerful it feels less so because of the good freshness and balance.
Robert Parker: 92 points, James Suckling : 93 points, Jancis Robinson: 16.5 points