Ask an American consumer what is their favorite red wine, and their most likely response is Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon is 1 of the 5 Bordeaux varietals (can you name the others) and California Cabs are aromatic, medium to full body, fruit forward and drink young – characteristics appealing to American wine consumers. But popularity has its price and Cali Cabs have become expensive, especially labels from Napa Valley.
Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are grown around the world and Argentina has similar climate and geography to California. Mendoza region in Argentina is world famous for their Malbec wines but a new era of Argentine wine includes Cabernet Sauvignon. Many bodegas (wineries) include Cab in their first wine blend and some think that Cab might overtake Malbec as Mendoza’s best wine.
SUR DE LOS ANDES Cabernet Sauvignon Infinito 2012
Mendoza, Argentina $12
Vinous Media 91 rating says “(spent 24 months in French oak): Bright ruby-red. Vibrant aromas of crushed blackberry, licorice, mocha and peppery herbs, with a hint of violet emerging with air. Juicy, fine-grained and intense, with a serious spine of acidity framing and lifting the flavors of dark berries and sexy oak…”
DID YOU KNOW: Most wines from Bordeaux region in France are blends and can only have the following varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.
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