Enzo Bianchi Gran Cru 2007
Bordeaux Red Blends from Mendoza, Argentina
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 is an intense and seductive violet red color, showing fruit aromas of plums, black cherries and mulberries mixed with spices, and leading to mature fruit and spice on the palate. As with most Enzo vintages, there is a long, smooth, very pleasing finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Enzo Bianchi is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Petit Verdot, and 7% Malbec aged for 12 months in new French oak. Opaque purple in color, it offers up an expressive nose of cigar box, Asian spices, violets, underbrush, black currant, and blackberry. Medium- to full-bodied with a round plush texture, it reveals intense flavors, incipient complexity, and precision balance. Give it another 2-3 years of cellaring and drinking it from 2012 to 2022."
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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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