100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Perdriel, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.
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From the bottle:
“Variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Oak Aging: 8 months in oak barrels, 70% french and 30% american.
Harvest: In small cases of 12kg in the 1st half April.
Eyes: Ruby hues.
Nose: Coffee, cassis and snuff.
Palate: soft and ripe tannins.
Cabernet Sauvignon is grown almost everywhere in the world, but despite this it seems to have become synonymous with California. And while California makes some excellent expressions of this grape, don’t let that keep you from exploring other regions. Today for example we have an excellent example of Cabernet from the land of Malbec — Mendoza, Argentina.
The 2013 Bodega Sottano Classico Cabernet Sauvignon begins with a very pleasant aroma of black cherry, mint, a little oak and leather. The wine tastes ripe, tart, and smoky with lots of blackberry and black cherry fruit flavors and a nice smooth texture. There’s a good amount of oak influence from the 8 months spent in barrels but it integrates nicely. The medium-bodied wine ends dry and long with lingering tobacco notes. This is a great deal on a great all-around Cabernet.
Overall Rating: 7.5
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