Portillo Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
Ruby red with aromas of dark fruits emboldened by black pepper which creates an invitingly fruit-forward nose. A lush mouthfeel of redcurrant and cherry, followed by a balanced and silky finish.
A wonderful match for red meat, lamb dishes and robust vegetarian entrees.
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Portillo is a collection of easy-to-drink, fresh and fruit-forward wines from Argentina with uncommon quality and concentration that are ideal for every day enjoyment. Grown at the foot of the majestic, snow-covered Andes in the Uco Valley of Argentina's Mendoza winemaking region, Portillo brings a remarkable collection of wines grown at some of the highest elevations on the planet. At this altitude, the sun is closer, the nights cooler, and the vineyards are irrigated by melted glacier water from the Andes.
The name “Portillo”, Spanish for ‘gateway’ or ‘portal’, was inspired by a high elevation mountain pass in the Andes Mountains, which opens a path to the vineyards. The state-of-the-art winery is largely built with local materials, including stones quarried from a nearby valley, enabling the facility to better blend into the surrounding environment. Built on three levels, with much of the facility concealed below ground, Portillo is also notable for its employment of a gravity-flow system. This minimizes handling of grapes and helps protect the integrity of the fruit.
With a winning combination of cool weather, high elevation and well-draining alluvial soils, it is no surprise that Mendoza’s Uco Valley is one of the most exciting up-and-coming wine regions in Argentina. Healthy, easy-to-manage vines produce low yields of high-quality fruit, which in turn create flavorful, full-bodied wines with generous acidity.
This is the source of some of the best Malbec in Mendoza, which can range from value-priced to ultra-premium. Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay also perform well here.
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.