Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina
A classic Cabernet Sauvignon that can compete with the best from around the world. This wine has an intense red/purple color and an enjoyable, complex nose that is reminiscent of berries, spice, cedar, chocolate and much more. The nose carries through to the palate, delivering rich, full texture and berry-spicy-cedar flavors. It is a well-balanced wine with a lingering, pleasing finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon sees ten months aging in French oak of which 33% is new. It has an agreeable nose that takes coaxing from the glass: blackberry, boysenberry, a dash of peppermint and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet, sappy ripe tannins. There are crisp black cherries and red currant fruit at its core, a taut citric thread of acidity and a well-defined, elegant finish that is pleasingly fleshy and long. This is a well-crafted Cabernet from Mendoza."
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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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