2008 Lamadrid Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Mendoza

SKU #1069625

91 points erobertparker.com: "Opaque purple; smoke, Asian spices, scorched earth, cassis; complex, lengthy, way over-delivers." (Oct 2010) The more I taste Hector Durigutti’s wines, the more I wonder if there is anything that he is not capable of knocking out of the park. Here is a guy who makes delicious malbec and bonarda under his eponymous label, as well as terrific stuff under the Lamadrid name. Here, we have a cabernet from vines averaging 37 years of age, yielding a mere 1 kilogram per plant, which will in turn produce one bottle of wine. This is far lower than normal yields for cab in Argentina, and the difference shows in the flavors of this wine: pure, intense cherry fruit that is expressive and representative of very solid raw material. Durigutti is a guy who clearly knows where the best vineyards are located, and then works well in the cellar, carrying out native yeast fermentations and never over working his wines. It’s fair to say that the result is in the bottle. If cab has a future in Argentina (and I firmly believe that it does), then we can hopefully look forward to more terrific values such as this one. I challenge anyone to find cabernet this good for under $15 from California or anywhere else. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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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.