Valentin Bianchi Enzo 2005
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87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot
The rich varietal flavor of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape grown in Argentina and aged in new oak results in a harmonious, velvety wine of great balance and prominent personality. This vintage, maybe more so than previous vintages of Enzo, exhibits brighter, more intense fruit aromas and flavors due to the use of newer clones of the varieties first planted at Bianchi 12 years ago. Aromas of violets, plums and berries on the nose lead to more mature fruit, spice and cassis on the palate. As with most Enzo vintages, there is a long, smooth, very pleasing finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The flagship 2005 Enzo Bianchi is a blend of 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec, 4% Merlot, and 4% Petit Verdot aged for 14 month in 100% new oak, mostly French. Saturated purple in color, it presents aromas of wood smoke, clove, espresso, black currant, and blackberry. Full-bodied and dense, the wine has outstanding depth and concentration, plenty of intense, ripe fruit, and a lengthy finish. Give it a few additional years in bottle to blossom and drink it from 2012 to 2025. The Valentin Bianchi wines are all produced from estate-grown fruit."
Valentin Bianchi Winery
Bodega Valentin Bianchi is one of the oldest and most important wineries in South America. It is a symbol of tradition, nobility and quality in Argentine wines. Started in 1928 by Don Valentin Bianchi, they have won world attention and acclaim since 1934 starting with the "Maximum Quality" honor in Mendoza. On August 12, 1968, Don Valentin Bianchi passed away. However, the tradition that he firmly established continues to live on in his successors.
Today, Valentin Eduardo Bianchi and Ricardo Stradella Bianchi have brought the winery into the modern era. Valentin is the President of the winery while Ricardo is the Chief Financial Officer. Recently, they enlisted the aid of California winemaker, Robert Pepi. He has helped them refine some of their techniques and the new wines show the style that this new breed of management exemplifies. Pepi believes that Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are the future of this winery. View all Valentin Bianchi Wines
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Notable FactsUnlike its Chilean neighbor, Argentina's vineyards are spread out around the country. The best known region is Mendoza, almost parallel to Santiago to the west. Mendoza contains the sub-regions of Maipu (pronounced MY-pu) and San Rafael. Grape-wise, the most important white is Chardonnay, making wine similar to California's style on the variety. Another fun white grape to try is Torrontes. Almost only grown in Argentina, Torrontes makes wines that are crisp, aromatic and easy-drinking. Some of the best versions of this wine come from the northern region of Salta, with very high altitude vineyards. As for the reds, Cabernet Sauvignon is the main grape for many wines leaving the country, but Malbec, the grape Argentinians like to call their own, makes very distinctive wines that are structured, dense and velvety. Many more varieties happily grow in the country, but for export, and consistent quality, these are the primary grapes.
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1 rating, 1 with reviewSIP and TASTE - San Francisco, CA41/31/2010The rich varietal flavor of the Cabernet Sauvignon grape grown in Argentina and aged in new oak results in a harmonious, velvety wine of great balance and prominent personality. This vintage, maybe more so than previous vintages of Enzo, exhibits brighter, more intense fruit aromas and flavors due to the use of newer clones of the varieties first planted at Bianchi 12 years ago. Aromas of violets, plums and berries on the nose lead to more mature fruit, spice and cassis on the palate. As with most Enzo vintages, there is a long, smooth, very pleasing finish. 87% Cab Sauv, 5% Malbec, 4% Merlot, 4% Petite Verdot
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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