Peter Maude Fine Wines

2020, Cheval des Andes, ARGENTINA

$220

Blend: 83% Malbec, 8% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot.

The 2020 Cheval des Andes is a blend of 49% Cabernet Sauvignon, 49% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot from Paraje Altamira in the Uco Valley and Las Compuertas in Luján de Cuyo. Aged in French oak barrels, it's purple in the glass with a garnet sheen. The nose reveals a well-judged approach to the warmth of 2020, featuring ripe plum, redcurrant, mint and hints of white pepper over a bed of bay leaf and cedar. It's dry and velvety on the palate, with rich, polished tannins that deliver a juicy, balanced mouthfeel. The balsamic notes and rich palate reflect the year's character, while the finish is dynamic and long-lasting. 96 Joaquín Hidalgo, Vinous (2023).

Sweet-fruited, blackberry nose, lots of spirit-spiked Christmas cake booziness. Swish tannins, juicy and full-bodied, very opulent and undeniably impressive. Nominated by Alejandro Iglesias. 92 Tina Gellie, Anne Krebiehl MW, Michaela Morris, Decanter (2023).

Drinking Window: 2025 - 2035

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