Vina Alicia Morena 2009
92 pts Wine Advocate Issue #198 Dec 2011
The 2009 Morena is a blend of five clones of Cabernet Sauvignon, two clones of Cabernet Franc, and a bit of Merlot aged for 12 months in French and American oak. It proffers an inviting nose of lightly roasted herbs and spices intermingled with notions of violets, black currants, and blackberry. Elegant on the palate and already displaying complexity, this lengthy effort will continue to develop for several more years and provide prime drinking from 2014 to 2023+.
89 pts Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (ST)
(cabernet sauvignon with 12% cab franc): Good ruby-red color. Black cherry and licorice on the nose. Sweet and dense but medicinal and a bit clenched today, with dominant flavors of black cherry and dark chocolate. Boasts good texture but a hint of greenness limited my enthusiasm. Finishes with slightly drying tannins and good length.
Varietal: 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Cabernet Franc
This is a dark red garnet wine, of good structure and excellent body. It has dark cherry or blackcurrant maturity. Time gives it cedar or cigar box undertones. Some blueberry and chocolate aromas can be found. Its tannins are tangible and generous. Cabernet Franc supplies raspberry, currant leaf and pebble aromas.