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Mauricio Lorca Inspirado

Bodegas Y Vinedos Mauricio Lorca Inspirado is the ultimate wine from one of Argentina's foremost winemakers.

Mauricio Lorca is chief winemaker at Enrique Foster, one of Argentina's most respected wineries, and he was also the winemaker at various other quality wineries such as Catena Zapata, Luigi Bosca and Michel Torino. He is now a consultant winemaker for several of Argentina's emerging boutique wineries.

This Inspirado is a blend of Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot, all sourced from Mauricio's vineyards in Vista Flores in the Uco Valley. For his first vintage (2008) the wine was Syrah dominated which is unusual for an Argentine blend. However we don't know the make up of the recent vintage as Mauricio guards his "recipe".

It's a great wine though, big and powerful. I'm very much looking forward to tasting the new 2010.

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Mauricio Lorca is one of Argentina's best winemakers. He has been head winemaker at Enrique Foster for some years and now also produces some exceptional wines under his own brand, as well as making wines for various other top producers. This Inspirado is a new wine for him (first vintage 2008) and represents the pinnacle of his winemaking talents.

His vineyards are in Vista Flores, Uco Valley Mendoza - regarded by many as the best vineyard area in all Argentina. The vines are all low yielding to provide optimum quality fruit.

It's a blend with Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet and Petit Verdot. Most top Argentine blends are Malbec dominated so this is something both unusual and special. It's a huge decadent wine with rich intense dark fruit flavours. Well integrated mouth coating tannins with full body and balanced acidity, very smooth and a really long finish. Like liquid velvet.

Mauricio has produced a superb wine here. He's only made a few hundred bottles so demand will obviously outstrip supply - it isn't even on his website. It's already drinking superbly but will age for many years to come if you wish to lay some down.

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Location Vista Flores, Uco Valley, Mendoza
Winery Mauricio Lorca
Winery status Privately owned winery
Winemaker Mauricio Lorca
Annual production Tiny
Grapes Malbec, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot
Style Big, refined, powerful
ABV 14
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2010
Free sulphur
Percentage score 92
Sulphite level Very Low
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