Uco Valley, Argentina
Alfa Crux Malbec is a stunning red wine gem from the beautiful Uco Valley of Argentina made by Bodegas y Vinedos O. Fournier. At the turn of the millennium, the Spanish family Ortega Gil-Fournier founded a small boutique winery at the foot of the Andes in the Mendoza region. Bodega y Viñedos O. Fournier owns three estates some 15 km from the Andes Range, covering 286 hectares. A total of 94 are currently planted with vines, some of which are over 30 years old. The region is approximately 3,950 ft above sea level, and the water that irrigates the estates flows pure and clean from snow melt on the Andes. This red received a 91-point rating from Wine Advocate!
The "Alfa Crux" and "B Crux" wines are named for the stars of the Southern Cross, a constellation only visible in the Austral Hemisphere. The ostrich on the label symbolizes the joining of the earth and the sky. The Argentinean Mocovi Indians captured this symbol through cave paintings and ancient legends. O. Fournier selects its best wine under the "Alfa Crux" label. This wine aged 20 months in new oak barrels (80% French, 20% American) and 12 months in bottles.
Alfa Crux Malbec is deep ruby red in color with full body and a chewy mouthfeel. The nose is blackberry, raspberry, cocoa, mineral notes and dried flowers. The palate is rich with flavors of blackberry, leather, raspberry and oak. Enjoyable now, the wine will no doubt be irresistible in another year and cellar well for 8-10 years. The finish is long, complex and satisfying.
Enjoy Alfa Crux Malbec with steak, filet mignon, lamb stew and aged cheeses.