2009 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

SKU #1085575 90 points Wine Spectator

 This red shows good focus, with black currant, licorice, smoke and light herbal flavors that drive over the polished texture to the long, fresh finish. A bit grapey now, but has the balance and depth to age well.  (11/2011)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep ruby. Smoky cherry, tobacco, licorice and minerals on the vibrant nose. Juicy, bright and firm, with good freshness and thrust to the dark berry and bitter cherry flavors. Gentle tannins give grip and a slightly hard edge to the refreshingly bitter finish.  (10/2011)

K&L Notes

The Eguren family is a well-known name in Spain, having made succesful reds at everything from the $5 level on up to collectible Riojas. Produced from a 25 year old Cabernet vineyard in the Vino de la Tierra de Castilla appellation (a large swath of land in the autonomia of La Mancha), this Cab has delicious, balanced red fruit, a hint of a Cabernet savory and herbal aspect, and a subtly toasty influence from a short stint in barrels. Really Cabernet at a very good price.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/30/2012 | Send Email
This elegant, balanced, bargain Cabernet Sauvignon from Bodegas Eguren just vanished in all of our stores for good reason, but we're expecting to receive another shipment soon to grace your festive holiday table. An enticing aroma of delicate roasted herbs, savory blackcurrant and tobacco-tinged fruit leads to a polished palate with surprising depth and complexity. This tasty, defined red might explain why Spain still remains the greatest source for high-quality, value-priced wines in the world.
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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/28/2012 | Send Email
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A great “real” Cabernet for under ten bucks! This wine is brimming with dark fruits, some minty, herbal subtleties a touch of tobacco and spicy oak. This is no juicy fruity generic red. It has real structure and Cabernet varietal qualities showing well beyond its miniscule price point. This is a great wine for those of you that enjoy quality, food friendly balanced and firm structured wines but need something for everyday drinking. This is a steal!
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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2012 | Send Email
Cabernet in a very pure and enjoyable form. It taste like Cabernet ought to taste like before it gets all dressed up with fancy oak and wine making make-overs. A suprise for the under 10 category to be sure.

Staff Image By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/31/2012 | Send Email
Wines at this price don't possess the dark rich depth of fruit that this Cabernet has. With a touch gaminess on the nose, the Eguren delivers and then some with its beautiful blackfruit and currant palate and long smoky finish.

Staff Image By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2012 | Send Email
A delightful Spanish Red comprised of mostly Cabernet that is priced to keep you coming back for more! I love this because it has great fruit, but also those rustic savory flavors that Spanish wines are known for. Nice tobacco, cedar, spice, fleshy mouthfeel, with bright acid and polished tannins. This is the perfect Spanish Tapas Red that will pair with almost everything!

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/25/2012 | Send Email
This is Cab over delivers for the money. It is no medium bodied juicy fruit and nothing else cab. It is medium full, with dark and red fruits, spice, earth and just enough grip to let you know that you are drinking a Cab!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/11/2012 | Send Email
Do you enjoy cab? Real cabernet sauvignon that shows tannin, structure, and a hint of savor instead of sweet cherry pie filling, vanilla, and candy? Then give this one a try. Single vineyard cabernet from 25 year old vines in La Mancha (just south of Madrid). This is real cab at an unbeatable price.

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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.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.