Saturday, July 30, 2011

Spirit of Wine Review & Rating: *** $ Navarro Correas Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2005 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: Navarro Correas Cabernet Sauvignon is a bargain-priced cabernet from the Mendoza region of Argentina. The 2005 vintage is finished at 13.5% alcohol.    

Original Tasting and Review, May, 2010: 

In the glass: Navarro Correas shows as deep ruddy red in the glass, opaque in the center of the glass.    

On the nose: Poured at room temperature with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this cabernet sauvignon shows a deep and slightly wood plum tone, with elements of aged black olives.     

On the palate: The first elements on the palate are a round, full and slightly sandy mid-palate, with deep but spicy fruit riding up your cheeks with some balancing acids. Sweet with a touch of smoke.

And the wrap-up: The finish is solid, though just a bit hot.

In summary: Overall, a full-bodied, rich experience with elements of complexity. Rates three full stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this a terrific value.  May work with some age as well.   

Updated review, over a year later, July, 2011:  Consistent color and aroma.  Mid-red on the palate, with spicy overtones.  Bright in tone with fast-fading finish.  Falling apart just slightly from its showing over a year ago.  Recommend drinking within five years of vintage date. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Consistent and held together quite well to the additional air.

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