Santa Julia Plus Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Argentina, South America
Ruby color with purple hues of good intensity. Complex aromas of ripe fruits as cherries, black cherries and plums. Vanilla, leather, tobacco and spices include black pepper and paprika. Full-bodied, sweet tannins, rich red wine with good balance and complexity. Long lingering finish.
The Wine Advocate - "Although the 2011 Santa Julia Malbec lacked complexity and varietal expression, the 2011 Santa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon (aged for ten months in French oak) has an attractive bouquet of blackberry, boysenberry and tobacco that is crisp, light and focused. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins as well as buoyant red currant and raspberry fruit with deftly integrated oak on the finish. This is very fine for the price."
Wine Enthusiast - "Pretty aromas of cassis, cherry and sweet cream are inviting. Feels good, with zesty acidity and nice overall balance. Flavors of black currant, Bing cherry and plum cover the bases, while the finish is easygoing. The epitome of everyday Cabernet. Best Buy"
Wine & Spirits - "Chocolate-smooth, this is a rich cabernet with fragrant herbal notes over the ripe black fruit. The flavors last, ready to meet a steak."
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Santa Julia Winery
Near the town of Mendoza, in the Andean foothills, sits Bodega Santa Julia. Founded and still run by the Zuccardi family, the winery has carried the banner of fine Argentine winemaking for three generations. Today, Sebastian Zuccardi, praised as a “terroir-ist” by Wine Advocate, drives the trend toward single-vineyard winemaking. He understands the importance of letting the land, the mountain water, the terroir, do the talking. His creation, Santa Julia Magna, blends grapes from three distinct Mendozan vineyards: bonarda grapes from the “eastern oasis” Santa Rosa vineyard; malbec from the higher elevation Agrelo vineyard; and cabernet sauvignon grapes from the sandy agglomerated soil of La Consulta vineyard. View all Santa Julia 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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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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