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What value! This just explodes out of the glass, and then on the palate. There's enormous depth and complexity with notes of blackberry, blueberry, cherry, woodsy oak, baking spices, and new leather. The sweet oak takes over for a time, overpowering the rest, but with more time the depth and complexity return, with even greater balance, the dark fruit joined by tangy raspberry and cherry, those dark Petit Verdot elements joined by meaty, peppery, and earthy notes from the Syrah, the acidity cutting the richness, the structure nicely balanced, the length exceptional. Quite the "country wine."
The 2011 Finca Constancia Altos de la Finca, composed of 60% Petit Verdot and 40% Syrah that was aged for 18 months in new French Oak barrels, has expressive and seductive aromas of forest needles, toast, oak, vanilla, graphite and black cherry on the nose and inky black cherry, plum, cranberry, oak and light lees on the palate. It is a medium bodied, extra-dry, integrated wine; still UNBALANCED with edgy/tart acidity, dusty tannins (decant for 30 min) and a medium to long, silky finish. Currently, this wine should be enjoyed with food, but in couple of years it should evolve into a beautiful sipper once the acidity further integrates (Evolution potential +1 to 3 pts) – drink 2016/17-2025 (long cork enclosure). My impression: NICE now, but will be BEAUTIFUL down the road, 90 (+1-3 Ep) pts – recommended especially for its quality (if you can cellar it), but value as well. Tasted in Jan/15.
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