2005 Bodega Weinert "Carrascal" Red Lujan de Cuyo

SKU #1046949

This is perhaps the most traditionally made red wine in Argentina. It's awesome, I love it, our staff loves it, and I suspect many of you looking for something different from Argentina might love it as well. A blend of 45% Malbec, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet, this is a savory, red fruited wine, more reminiscent of the South of France than south of the equator. It has lovely cherry and roasted meat flavors, with an excellent sense of individuality and style. Aged in a combination of concrete tank and used Nevers oak, kept underground to control the temperature, this is a distinctive wine that's seriously out of step with what's going on in Mendoza right now. Brown bag it, pour a taste for one of your Francophile friends, and enjoy watching them attempt a guess at which French appellation its from; you'll know better. (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer) 90 points and a Best Buy, Wine Enthusiast: "One of the best $15 red blends being made today. Carrascal gives us 45% Malbec, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet is rock-solid form. The nose has toast, mineral, balsam wood and good berry fruit, and the palate provides the troika of cherry, raspberry and plum with no interference or oaky gimmicks. Pleasant, warm and long on the finish." (08/09)

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 By: rachel  |  Review Date: 9/4/2009 
slight barnyard but not a problem, this really does taste like a french country wine. well done! 88+ pts

 By: Simple Hedonisms Wine Blog |  Review Date: 8/12/2009 
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I thought this wine was horrid....possible heat damage(?), but I dumped it.

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- 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.