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Michel Torino Estate Altimus 2008, a blend of 52% Malbec, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, and 6% Bonarda, grown at 1700m in the Cafayate Valley, Salta, in Argentina, with all bar the Syrah component from vineyards planted in the 1940s-50s. 14.5% alcohol. An opaque purple-black colour with a vibrant magenta rim, shiny, and medium-high viscosity. Sweetly scented, floral and plum with touches of glacÚ fruit. It also smelt of tar and leather and the barest hint of cedar despite spending 18 months in 100% new French oak barriques. A very concentrated, powerful yet harmonious palate with lovely freshness and finesse from its high altitude origins. Once again tarry like the nose with firm fruit-tannins providing structure but also more juicy fruit including blueberries on the very long, even finish. Another person suggested "elderberries, more intense than blackberries". A wonderful, complete wine that matched well with rump steak served with a plum fruit-based port de-glaze, yet also delicious even on its own. Very impressive.
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