Bodega La Azul Azul Reserva 2003
Valle de Uco
Deep violet red with violet hues.
Lush, ripe dark red fruit - plums - and black cherries.
Light to medium bodied, with a savoury and enormously spicy black pepper impression on the front palate. Ripe red plums and black cherries, green peppers, hints of liquorice. Robust but fine tannic structure, excellent fresh acid balance and good length.
Bodega La Azul is a very small boutique winery on a windswept plain near the north end of the Valle de Uco, close to the enormous Salentein operation. But of the two wineries it is the minnow that's really impressing. This corte is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Merlot. Given 15 months in French and American oak (of varying uses), the fruit integration is impressive while retaining characteristics of its components, and the structure hints at further improvement and developing complexity over time. Well worthwhile.