Weinert Carrascal Tinto 2005
Other Red Blends from Argentina, South America
A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
A brilliant ruby tone combined with deeper red makes this wine particularly attractive. Its bouquet is well-developed, combining a touch of oak for its aging of 2 years in French oak casks, with ripe red fruits. Harmonious, smooth, flexible and with a deep flavor, it is a well-balanced wine with just the right level of acidity to keep it lively and rounded. A wine of great distinction.
Wine Enthusiast - "One of the best $15 red blends being made today. Carrascal gives us 45% Malbec, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet in rock-solid form. The nose has toast, mineral, balsam wood and good berry fruit, and the palate provides the troika of cherry, raspberry and plum with no interference or oaky gimmicks. Pleasant, warm and long on the finish. - M.S. "
Founded in 1975, Bodega y Cavas de Weinert is located in Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina´s craddle for top quality wines. The original building of 1890 of spanish colonial architecture, reminiscent of an old winery owned by the family Otero until 1920, catches the eye by its beauty, inviting those who pass by to know what it guards in its inside.
Don Bernardo C. Weinert, founder and owner, could be defined as an entrepreneur. Born in a small german colony in Southern Brazil, he built his name around international transport in South America. Fascinated by the world of wine, he decided to found his own winery in Argentina with one unconditional philosophy: producing high quality wines.
Before engaging in such a treat, he made an extensive study about Mendoza: its climate, soil, grapes; and came to the conclusion that Lujan de Cuyo was the perfect place for his project. After a thorough restauration work of the building acquired in 1975, he brought in the latest technology in vinification of that time and was joined by acclaimed oenologists. By then everyone believed him to be insane for facing such a treat. But time proved him to be right. After the first commercial vintage of 1976, by 1977 he produced Weinert Malbec Star 1977, a wine known and acclaimed by the world´s most prestigious tasters.
Don Bernardo C. Weinert is a man whose vision for businesses is very simple: "as long as you mantain your own philosophy and keep it throughout the years, you are on the right track." View all Weinert Wines
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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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Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.8 out of 5 stars
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7 ratings, 6 with reviewsAshton Smith - Aspen, CO43/25/2010I found this to be an unusually fragrant and delicious Argentinian wine. It felt rich in the mouth, finished very nicely, and was just the thing to polish off an evening before bed.David Weinert - Gainesville, FL44/17/2010Big and bold. I liked the lingering flavors and how it settles on my palate. Intimidating at first, and not a fast-drinking wine. Great with red meats.31/4/2012Good wine. Solid B. Good oak, not too fruity.Richard C. - Saint Paul, MN53/12/2011I keep coming back to this wine, 5 times already! For a sub $15 bottle, you can hardly go wrong! This blends my three favorite wines together seamlessly combining the best of them into these bottles.Gabriela Saldivar - Fairfield, IA48/15/2011awa54 - Middlebury, VT43/2/2011A tremendous $15 bottle of red Bordeaux...oh wait, wrong country...no, wrong continent! But seriously this is better than most $20-$25 French bottles, not quite the same flavor profile as any one region in Bordeaux, but close enough to satisfy "the itch" for an Haut Medoc, Fronsac or St. Emilion. Medium body, great basic flavor, enough complexity to be interesting and nicely rounded edges. Finish is fairly long, but not very complex, nice smooth slightly astringent tannins, but fairly simple nose. I would think this wine is about at it's peak, but haven't tasted younger/older vintages, so that's only supposition.King of Sweden - Iowa City, IA48/29/2010This is an awesome blend, in particular given its price; in fact, it is hard to imagine competitors in this price range. Intense taste with a very long finish.
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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