Alta Vista Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
This wine is an excellent match with grilled hangar or skirt steak with chimichurri sauce.
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2017 was warm and dry, which was radically different from 2016, so the 2017 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is quite different from the previous vintage; it is ripe and heady. It fermented in concrete vats and half of the volume matured in French oak barrels for 12 months. There are some toasted aromas here, a touch of ripe blackberries. It's a warm-climate Cabernet Sauvignon that keeps its poise, showing contained ripeness. It has a juicy palate and some fine-grained, slightly dusty tannins. 80,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in September 2018.
By far the largest and best-known winemaking province in Argentina, Mendoza is responsible for over 70% of the country’s enological output. Set in the eastern foothills of the Andes Mountains, the climate is dry and continental, presenting relatively few challenges for viticulturists during the growing season. Mendoza, divided into several distinctive sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley, is the source of some of the country’s finest wines.
For many wine lovers, Mendoza is practically synonymous with Malbec. Originally a Bordelaise variety brought to Argentina by the French in the mid-1800s, here it found success and renown that it never knew in its homeland where a finicky climate gives mixed results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir are all widely planted here as well (and sometimes even blended with each other or Malbec). Mendoza's main white varieties include Chardonnay, Torrontés, Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon.
A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.