Alta Vista Atemporal 2008
Wine AdvocateMalbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petit Verdot; spice box, lavender, black fruits; smooth, likely to evolve.
Wine EnthusiastWoody and smelling of sawdust early, this four-grape blend eases toward roasted berry, cassis, herbal plum and molten chocolate. It's massive and structured, with a big-boned skeleton and heat on the leathery, roasted finish due to 15.5% alcohol. Big, fiery, saucy and lusty, but short on refinement and elegance.
Wine SpectatorDark and briary, featuring cocoa, fig paste and dark plum sauce notes. Plum skin and toast hang on through the muscular finish. Shows more power than freshness, but has good range. Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Petit Verdot. Drink now. 10,000 cases made.