Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Value Mendoza Cabernet

2013 Bodega Sottano Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine hails from the a vineyard in the foothills of the Andes Mountains in the Perdriel district of Argentina's Mendoza region (see map, above left).  Mendoza has been producing excellent wines in the last few years and was named the Wine Region of the Year in 2008 by Wine Enthusiast.  The altitude of the Bodega Sottano is almost 3,000 feet above sea level, which means that the vineyard receives intense amounts of sunlight.  The soils in the Pedriel region are predominantly loamy with clay on top of a layer of gravel, which makes for good natural drainage, causes modest exposure to water all of which makes for rich and complex wines with great structure and firm tannins.  Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are the two most commonly grown grapes in the Perdriel district.

Day 1: popped and poured.  Immediately you notice that this is a big, muscular red with powerful red and black fruit on the nose and great structure in the mouth.  On day 1 it is a little hot.

Day 2: the heat from day 1 is gone but the fruit and structure of the wine is still present.

This is an excellent wine for $12 and can be found at Market Square Liquors (Timblerlane Drive location).

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