Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
Cost: $20 SRP
Winemaker’s Notes: Deep violet colour. Pronounced red and black fruit aromas. Fig, raisin and black pepper notes. Full-bodied palate with velvety tannins and long finish. Pair with red meat with intense sauces.
My Review: It’s not too often that I feel like I see single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon anymore; it’s almost always in a blend, so this was a nice change of pace. Of course, a change of pace doesn’t mean a good wine.
In the glass the wine was a ruby/garnet red colour. On the nose the wine showed a bit hot at first (14% alc/vol), but quickly gave way to aromas of tart berries, strawberry, and black and red berries.
In the mouth the wine was tart, with flavours of strawberry, and raspberry. The finish was smoother than I was expecting with all the tart aromas and flavors, and a nuttiness came out as the wine opened up more.
My wife and I paired the wine with a steak salad that contained spinach and couscous and I have to say, it was a great pairing. In fact, I really enjoyed this wine, and think that at $20 it’s a great value – it shows character and balance that you usually don’t see at this price point.
Definitely one I’d grab again.
Editor’s Note: I received this wine as a free sample for review.