Saturday, March 16, 2013

Updated Review: *** $ Viacava Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, San Juan, Argentina, 2009 - BEST VALUE

Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Argentinian reserve (reserva) cabernet sauvignon.

By way of background, opening thoughts: Argentina is considered more a "new world" wine location, but today we'll be trying a cabernet sauvignon from Argentina made by an Italian family winery.   So, perhaps new world location and old world winemkaing?  Let's see...


Original tasting and review , October, 2011: This is Viacava Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, San Juan, Argentina, 2009, finished at 13.% alcohol - a shy alcohol level by most new world standards..

In the glass: Viacava shows deep dark red, though not becoming opaque anywhere in the glass. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows fresh, deep red fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, red-fruited and tangy.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact playful red berry fruit, round in the palate, soft cocoa highlights.  Bright finish, though light and not acidic, that fades to a clean close. 

In summary: Overall, pleasant, ready-to-drink cabernet sauvignon rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, an easy best value at its more-than-reasonable price point.  On the "old world" vs "new world" question:  definitely a new world wine, despite its lighter overall style and finish.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:   Soft tangy red berries.  Soft red, more muted in the palate. 
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Updated review, almost a year and a half later, March, 2013:  Deep red burgundy, now opaque in the center.  Red, slightly funky fruit on the nose.  Picking up a bit of broccoli and cauliflower on the palate, signaling that it is over-aged.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Argentinian reserve (reserva) cabernet sauvignon.

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