Cabernet Sauvignon from Patagonia, Argentina.
SRP of $15 and available for as low as $12. Sample submitted for review.
From the bottle:
"It is with pleasure that the Restivo Family offers this wine to you. Originally from Europe we have come to Argentina to select the finest grapes to produce this wine made from Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are harvested from choice vineyards in Patagonia, Argentina. We are honored to put our forefathers surname on this select bottle of wine. It is wonderfully structured, richly flavorful, with complexity and bold elegance. Enjoy it with Antipasti, flavorful tapas, roasted meats, Asado (the Argentinean BBQ - chicken, pork, steak), and of course special cheese.
Today's wine comes from one of the most extreme places on earth - Patagonia. You can find some more info on this area in our review of the Ruta 22 Malbec - Fruit and Spice From Start To Finish. You may also remember our review of another Malbec from Patagonia, the Familia Grittini Areo Malbec - Malbec Mania! Search For The Best Malbec Under $20, but today's wine is the first Cabernet that we've tried from this region.
The 2010 Restivo Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve begins with big, fruit bomb-like aromas of ripe dark berries along with cola, baking spice and brown sugar. Tasting the wine reveals tons of juicy fruit (no surprise) that is a bit on the syrupy side, but there are also some excellent spicy mineral notes underneath all the dark fruit that adds excellent contrast. It finishes nicely with good length. A wine that is quite fun to drink with all kinds of big flavors.
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