2005 Bodegas Benegas "Finca Libertad" Mendoza

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91 points from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: "The 2005 Finca Libertad is a blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Cabernet Franc, and 30% Merlot aged for 18 months in new French oak. The Cabernet Franc portion of the blend was sourced from 100+-year-old pre-phyloxera vines. Dark ruby in color, it exhibits a complex aromatic array of toasty oak, cinnamon, earth notes, pencil lead, cassis, and black currant. This is followed by a medium-bodied, elegant wine with savory flavors, considerable complexity, and enough structure to evolve for another 2-3 years. This lengthy effort should be at its best from 2011 to 2020." (12/08) And from Wine Enthusiast: "A three-grape blend of Cab Sauvignon, Cab Franc and Merlot. the nose is rich and mossy, with vanilla and baked fruit aromas. It's big and tannic on the palate and thus the sweet, semi-baked flavors of black fruit are appropriate. Stick and tasting of brown sugar on the finish. Rich but good, especially with grilled beef." (07/10)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2010 | Send Email
This is very impressive wine. About as Bordelaise a wine as I have ever tasted in Argentina. In fact, if you enjoy Bordeaux as well as Argentine wine, then this would be right in your wheelhouse as it demonstrates the very best qualities of both regions: from Bordeaux, the modern winemaking, polished tannin structure and elegance and from Mendoza, the rich, ripe, intense fruit. Produced from about a third each of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc (100 year old, pre-phylloxera vines) and Merlot, there is no denying this wine’s impressive fruit, firmly structured backbone and ageability; you may, however, taste it and decide it’s great now with a quick decant and a grilled ribeye. If you're looking for new exciting Argentine wine, or simply a rich, fruit forward, Bordeaux inspired blend, then this is it.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme. Click for a list of bestselling items from Argentina.
Alcohol Content (%): 14