A remarkable value for Cabernet Sauvignon. When buying wines from Mendoza, it’s best to know where in the region the wine is from. After all, Mendoza is HUGE. This bottle comes from the Le Paraiso vineyard in Maipu. Winemaking is pretty straightforward and modern, aged for about a year in French oak, half of which is new.
Argentina is seeing a lot of French influence these days (and not just the oak barrels). This wine shows a very Bordeaux-like character, or even possibly Loire Valley. The aromas of crushed flowers and crushed stone are the first inkling that the wine has an old-world soul. Plus, flavors of cardamon, allspice, and fresh red fruit are embedded into a taut tannic structure with a layer of cedar smoke—no softness of a Napa cabernet here.
This is not the price point for such a pretty bottle of wine. Hold on to this for a few years and watch it develop to something even better.