Casarena Reserva Malbec 2011
Malbec from Argentina, South America
With a deep, dark violet color, the nose shows aromas of violets, black fruits and a hint of fresh strawberries. The mouth feel is dense, with sweet black fruit flavors and soft tobacco and sweet spice notes from French oak aging. The finish presents marked minerality and lingering flavors.
Wine Spectator - "This jammy red shows a gamy side, with hints of underbrush and leather accenting the dark cherry and roasted plum fruit, finishing with notes of cedar and licorice."
International Wine Cellar - "Good bright ruby. Captivating aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry, licorice, herbs and mocha oak, plus a hint of fig. Densely packed, fresh and intense, offering very good extract and life in the mouth. Finishes even and long, with supple, building tannins, sweet fruit and a note of coffee oak. Classy and satisfying for the price."
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
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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3 ratings, 2 with reviewsgoodspkr - Littleton, CO57/21/2014
This is a really nice wine. Complex with a smooth finish. We plan to order more.rglidew77 - Arlington, VA55/27/2014
- Earth & Spicy
Allowed the wine to open up for an hour before serving and all guests were very impressed with this wine. Several of those enjoying the bottle were from Argentina, so that says a lot.The Real McCoy - Plymouth, MI43/27/2014
- Big & Bold
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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