Thursday, March 14, 2013

Updated Review: ***+ $$ Covaso Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Mendoza, Argentina, non-vintage - GOOD VALUE

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By way of background, opening thoughts: Mendoza, Argentina - a land known for malbec - is also doing some remarkably good work with cabernet sauvignon.  Let's try one now.

Original tasting and review , December, 2011: This is Covaso Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Mendoza, Argentina, non-vintage, finished at 14.1% alcohol.  Very unusual (and frankly disappointing) to see no vintage associated with this wine.  Typically, that feature is reserved for the lowest of the low-priced brands of varietals.

In the glass: Deep bloody burgundy, opaque from a half inch from the edge of the glass, with purple blackish highlights.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows soft but sturdy classic fruit, some oak and purpleness.  From the aroma, seems like this will be big, blousy and soft. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact big, deep, ruddy dark red, with husky fruit accompanied by teeth-staining soft tannins, and a mellow body that seems to imply some age.  The fruits are muddled and mushy, but are lifted by the tannins and enough acids to give a little perk.  The finish is lingering and clean. 

In summary: Overall, three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a big plus for its rich pleasure-giving elements.  Misses fourth star just because it lacks true distinctiveness.  Good value.

Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Consistent nose.  Remains a balanced and friendly palate. 

Updated review, over a year later, March, 2013:  Consistent color.  Classic nose, somewhat oxidized now.  Consistent on the palate too, though not improved with age.

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