2009 Durigutti Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza

SKU #1090645 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright dark red. Sweeter on the nose than the 2010, offering scents and flavors of currant, plum, mocha and earth. At once saline and sweet, and a bit more concentrated than the 2010. The fat middle palate is nicely framed by harmonious acidity. Finishes broad, spicy and long, with a fine dusting of tannins that spread out to coat the palate. Lovely balance here.  (3/2012)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The new releases from Durigutti are all fine values made from fruit purchased in Uco and Agrelo. They are bottled without fining or filtration.  (12/2011)

Wine Enthusiast

 Shows good berry and black cherry on the nose, with earth, marmalade and a jammy-baked quality. Good and solid overall, but with pointed acidity that causes the berry and plum flavors to come across sizzling and high-toned. Tastes like real Cabernet, while the acidity makes it edgy.  (3/2012)

K&L Notes

One of the tougher, more conservative scorers of wines around, Josh Raynolds of The International Wine Cellar (as an aside, many folks I know in the business say that Josh has one of the best palates around) recently had this to say about Cabernet from Argentina: "During my tastings this winter, I was struck by the improving quality of cabernets from Mendoza, most of which are moderately priced. Clearly, cabernet sauvignon has been overshadowed by malbec in Mendoza-and certainly in the U.S. market. But this variety can be especially successful in many Uco Valley sites: 'like Pomerol or Saint-Emilion wines on steroids,' is the way one importer described the variety there. Mendoza's best cabernets are closer in character to traditional Bordeaux than are most Napa Valley versions, even if they're rarely as flashy or rich-or costly-as their California counterparts." As usual, Raynolds is right on it. We are trying to expand our selection of Argentine cab, given that the best versions offer incredible value for much less than most of their Napa counterparts (Joe Manekin, K&L)

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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 M├ędoc 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.