Bodegas Santa Ana Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 La Mascota

Argentina is most famous for its production of Malbec wines. They do a great job of producing fruity and approachable Malbec that most people find very drinkable. I’ve had my share and have a few favorites I shall write about, but this wine is not one of them. This is a Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza. I chose it because it was out of the ordinary (mostly Malbec) in the local shop’s Argentina section. Considering the price, this wine was definitely not a disappointment, in fact I’d consider making it my house red.

See: This wine is dark red in color and very dense, not surprising considering it comes from a thick skinned grape. Swirling it in the glass showed thick legs as the wine ran back down so I expected a full bodied wine.

Smell: This wine smells wonderful. Really fruit forward in its aromas and well balanced with nothing left out of place. Typical aromas of Cabernet Sauvignon are there; currants and black berries, some aromas of toasted spices, smoke, chocolate, with a little vanilla to round it out. There are not a lot of layers but it smells pretty darn good.

Taste: It tasted much like I expected. Fully bodied in the mouth with fine tannin and moderate acidity. I found it well balanced with no element overpowering any other. The flavors that come out are more black fruit, but also some tart cherry and raspberry. Some oak bits come through especially in the finish with subtle spice and caramel.

Conclusion: Considering where this wine comes from I am very impressed and glad I stumbled upon it. I’ve had it a few times since the first bottle and it has yet to disappoint me. It is nicely full bodied and bold but refined enough to drink by itself. Goes well with a multitude of foods but I’m looking forward to trying it with a big beef steak once the snow has disappeared. Great bottle of wine for the price so if you can find it, drink it! The best part is we plunked half a bottle in the fridge and it was just as good two days later when we took it out. 8.5/10

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Argentina, Mendoza
  • 2011 – 14%
  • Bodegas Santa Ana
  • $15.75 at Chateau Wine and Spirits (Lacombe)
  • Composite Cork

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