Tuesday, February 9, 2010

*+ $ Premiado Cabernet Sauvignon, Chilecito, La Rioja, Argentina, 2006 - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Premiado Cabernet Sauvignon from Chilecito, La Rioja, Argentina, for 2006, is finished at a mere 12.5% alcohol - almost alcohol-free by Australian standards!  It is a practically free red wine, which has aged for almost two years in a cool wine cellar since purchase.  Risky?  Let's see. 

In the glass: Premiado shows as deep maroon in the glass, opaque to within 3/4 inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this cabernet sauvignon shows a pungent, somewhat off-nose of volatile acids first;  after more swirling (I suggest a longer decant), you can detect elements of black currant and saddle leather.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is an older, vegetable-compote dark berry stew, buttressed by a solid, deep acidic core.  Hard to get past this first unpleasant funk, however.  (This is not a "corked" wine, though, since the stopper is plastic.)

And the wrap-up: The finish is almost irrelevant, since it's unlikely you'll want to keep the wine in your mouth that long.  

In summary: Overall, this was an odd, off experience.  Rates one star on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus because it does have extreme potency; and, popped and poured young, might indeed be a pleasant-enough sipper.  We'll try some more air, but I do believe this one is destined for the "wine reduction sauce" option. 

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