Original tasting and review : This is Mendel Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendoza, Argentina, 2013, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled two years from vintage date, in October, 2015. This was aged for 12 months in a mix of new, one year and two year old oak.
Inspired by this wine: Wearing boots because you think it's gonna rain, but a big, blustery parade marches by in the sunshine.
In the glass: Black, blood red, opaque right from the edge of the glass.
On the nose: Poured at cellar temperature and swirled vigorously, shows shy earth notes with the lightest hint of fruit. From the aroma, seems like this will be very reserved, but perhaps full of depth.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact blustery and bold, with big, clanging black purple fruit notes that race with fat acids and big tannins to run up your cheeks. The cymbals are crashing. No subtlety or reserve whatsoever! Acids and tannins hold the black fruit aloft for a modest finish.
In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale
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