Casarena Reserva Sinergy 2011
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With an intense ruby red color with violet tones, the nose is intense and concentrated, with cassis and raspberry notes from the Cabernet Sauvignon, sweet spice from the Petit Verdot and black raspberries from the Malbec. The mouth feel is full and rich, with excellent complexity and notes of tobacco and vanilla from French oak aging. The finish shows stony minerality and well-integrated tannins.
Malbec 70% - Cab. Sauvignon 20% - Cab. Franc 7% - Petit Verdot 3%
Wine Spectator - "This jammy red is offset with juicy acidity and an aromatic spice undertone with candied cherry and dark plum notes, leading to a finish of espresso and licorice. "
International Wine Cellar - "Bright red-ruby. Black raspberry, licorice and bitter chocolate aromas are accented by pepper and herbs and lifted by a violet nuance. Juicy, spicy and quite suave, with a restrained sweetness and a silky texture to the understated flavors of black fruits, spices and mocha. Gentle in the middle, then firmly tannic and serious on the long, broad, chocolatey back end. A very successful blend."
The Wine Advocate - "The 2011 Reserva Sinergy Blend consists of 70% Malbec, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot aged in French oak for 12 months, of which 20% is new. It has a clean, pure bouquet of baked black cherries, licorice and wet clay that is well-defined. The palate is full-bodied with dense, toasty black fruit infused with white pepper and burnt toast. It is very bold and grippy to the finish, with dry tannins that are aggressive at the moment, although they will be tempered by another year in bottle. This should turn out to be a fine Mendoza blended wine, but it needs aging. Drink 2014-2020. "
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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
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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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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.