Marchiori & Barraud Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina
This wine has an intense red color with good edges. The nose presents clear varietal characteristics with aromas of black fruit, plums and cassis predominating. Friendly tannins and good structure precede a long and persistent finish.
Marchiori & Barraud Winery
Andrea Marchiori & Luis Barraud, the winemakers behind Paul Hobbs's
Viña Cobos, are now producing wine under their own label. The duo
personally selects grapes from some of the best rows of vines from
Andrea's family's own Marchiori Vineyard, known in Argentina as one of
the most meticulously farmed and highest quality vineyards in the
country. Planted with 50-year old vines, the Marchiori vineyard is
situated 3,200 feet above sea level in the best part of Agrelo. Due to the
age and sandy loam soil profile of this vineyard, the hand-harvested fruit
is very low yielding and tremendously concentrated in flavor. Both wines
are aged 18 months in 75% French and 25% American oak barrels, but
this is the only intervention the couple believes in, preferring instead to
let the fruit and the high quality oak work their own magic.
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(ahr-jen-TEE-nah) Now fifth in the world for wine production, Argentina is catching up in the quality wine sector. A long time wine producer, Argentina used to make wine in order to drink it, not export it. And so the wines produced were quaffable and rustic and made for the local's everyday dinner. Yet it's hard not to get caught up in the wine market of the world and some winemakers decided it was time for Argentina to show their stuff. Better winemaking technology was brought in, new winemaking techniques were learned and good viticulture practices flourished. The result? World-class wines with unique style and variety.
Notable Facts Unlike 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.
About South America
Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard Chile
are the regions producing the most wine coming out of the continent. The wines from this area are good value with a distinctive taste. They create new world wines with old world character.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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.