BenMarco Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, South America
Beautiful deep red color with perfumed aromas of ripe black cherries, strawberries and roasted cocoa beans. This wine is full-bodied and incredibly lush for a young Cabernet. It explodes on the palate with red and black fruits, then shows baking spices on its way to a mouthwatering finish. Pairs with a wide range of foods including beef, sausages, spiced or grilled pork, veal, rabbit, medium-strong cheeses, and meat-based pasta sauces.
The Wine Advocate - "Blended with 5% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc; spicy, fragrant, complex; excellent length."
In 1999 Susana Balbo crafted a line of wines to showcase the ripe fruit expression of her sustainably-farmed Mendoza vineyards. The philosophy is a simple one: grow great grapes and make wines that are true to their place. Minimal intervention during the growing season and through harvest allows the true fruit character to develop. Combine this with Susana's winemaking skills and the result is wines that express the powerful fruit flavors, the ripe tannins and the incredible length and balance that can only come from this one place: Mendoza. View all BenMarco Wines
About ArgentinaView a map of Argentina wineries (ahr-jen-TEE-nah)
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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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
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13 ratings, 5 with reviewssigix - Alexandria, VA54/22/201341/30/2013Very good, nicely priced.411/15/2012210/15/2012510/10/201238/17/201238/1/2012Natt - Novato, CA36/27/201246/11/2012
Surprised me it was so good. I'll get this again for sure. Well rounded and balanced.34/10/2012
- Earthy & Spicy
Nice, understated Cab. Surprisingly good.13/24/2012Truthfully, we were disappointed in this wine. It did not have the richness I expected, and the finish was disappointing. I won't purchase it again.43/23/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Enjoyed this BenMarco Cabernet from Mendoza. Nice combination of red and black fruits: cheery, plum, blackberry. Loved the toasty coffee notes and baking spices. A nice full-bodied Cabernet with beautiful structure and acidity that is very food friendly. Paired with Spinach/Ricotta Raviolis with hearty red meat sauce. Next time will try with grilled beef or pork.
- Smooth & Supple
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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