Casarena Owen's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina
Big, bold, assertive aromatics and flavors. Broad, with layers of dark fruitwith savory notes are accompanied by wonderful texture and seamless tannin structure.
James Suckling - "A very balanced cabernet with spice, chocolate, currant bush and chili. Full body, ultra-fine tannins. Clean and pretty. Vineyard planted in the 1930s. Drink or hold."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Owen's Vineyard comes from the parral also used for the Cabernet Sauvignon Reservado. They didn't have a Cabernet in the single-vineyard line so added this one from an 80-year-old plot in Agrelo that produces very good grapes that were traditionally sold to Catena where Bernardo Bonilla, the winemaker, used to work. Cabernet usually ripens later than Malbec, and Bernardo likes Cabernet with red fruit, but does not dislike the herbal aromas traditionally linked to the variety, and this has them all. The complex nose also has aromas of blond tobacco, black pepper, vanilla and smoke. The palate reveals a serious wine, that is quite oaky and has ripe, charred flavors that should better integrate with time in bottle. Rating: 91+"
Vinous / Antonio Galloni - "Bright, deep ruby-red. Deep, liqueur-like aromas of currant, plum, mocha and chocolatey oak. Then juicy, spicy and tight in the mouth, much less showy today than the Jamilla's Malbec in spite of its serious depth. Powerful, medicinal dark fruit flavors and substantial dusty tannins call for patience.Rating: 91+"
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Casarena vineyards is limited to produced concentrated grapes with an expression of their terroir. The fermentations are cool with extended macerations which add layers of flavors and complex aromas. Our Wine Making team is headed by Michel Rolland.
Our vineyards are located in Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina. This is an area where we find vineyards of great prestige, at 33º South latitude, with a continental climate and an annual rainfall average of 200/300 mm. In summer, the temperature difference between day and night is around 24º. All theses features gather together unbeatable height, climate and soil conditions to cultivate premium vineyards. View all Casarena 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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