2010 Mercedes Eguren Cabernet Sauvignon Vino de la Tierra de Castilla

SKU #1154514 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Inky purple. Spicy cherry and dark berry aromas are deepened by notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla and espresso. Peppery, sharply focused cherry and blackberry flavors show a slight bitterness but possess good energy. Finishes with a strong cherry skin quality and good length.  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

The Eguren family is a well-known name in Spain, having made successful 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, and a subtle influence from a six-month stint in American oak barrels. This nicely-priced Spanish Cabernet has been a staff favorite for two vintages running.

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Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
Deep purple and broodingly aromatic, this Cabernet will have you coming back for more in no time. The dark red fruit is excellently balanced by 6 months in American oak to soften the edges and bring everything together. The tannins are by no means overwhelming, but present enough to give the impression of a well-made California Cab at 2 or 3 times the price.

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2015 | Send Email
Another truly stunning Cabernet value from Spain. The Mercedes Cab puts many of its California counterparts to shame in the price to quality that it offers for perhaps the world's most famous grape varietal. This wine offers a very balanced view, with very good varietal correctness, notes of blackberry and red fruits, hints of cedar, and fine tannins to round out the structure. Try a Cab from Spain, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/17/2015 | Send Email
Produced from a 25+ year-old Cabernet vineyard in La Mancha, there is a lot to like with this Cab, especially the fact that for under $10 you are getting tasty fruit but some honest tannins providing backbone and real structure. Somewhere between California and the Medoc lies this beauty.

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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.