Glorious aromas, like walking into a flower shop, from roses to lilacs. Lots of dark fruit too. Then goes to slate and dark mushroom. Full body, super refined tannins and refresh and ultra-clean finish. A thoroughly balanced and refined wine.
As for the 2013 Proprietary Red Altagracia, the blend is slightly different, at 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot and 4% Malbec. One of the finest Altagracias I’ve tasted to date, the color is saturated ruby/purple, much darker than the 2012 and the wine slightly less fragrant and more coiled tight. Yet, it is also more concentrated and promising. The wine is a heck of a second wine, but does require some patience. For now, deep, rich blackcurrant and blackberry fruit with floral notes (white flowers?), medium to full body and sweet tannin are all present in this relatively larger-scaled Altagracia than we’ve seen in the past (14.8% alcohol). The finish is long, still youthful and certainly approachable, but this wine will be better with 2-4 years bottle age and should keep for at least two decades. (RP)
Finer and subtler aromatics than the 2012. The palate here has a core of power that radiates through a silken, very lightly textural mouthfeel. Lots of power and concentration here with a bit more finesse and energy than the 2012. Somehow simultaneously finessed and slightly rugged. Lovely purity of fruit without being about fruit flavours. There are dark notes throughout along with flavours of dark fruit (though not raisin), dark rock minerality and a very well integrated touch of spice. Fine tannin with still a hint of mountain power is nicely balanced with a long finish of mouth-watering acidity and plenty of sapidity to please the palate. Nicely done. 18/20 points (ECB)
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