2008 Cavas de Crianza Blend Mendoza

SKU #1079871

91 points Robert Parkerís Wine Advocate: "Clos de Chacrasís 2008 Cavas de Crianza is a blend of 40% Malbec, 30% Merlot, and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from a 40-year-old vineyard and aged for 12 months in second-use French and American oak. Purple in color with a pleasing perfume of cedar, spice box, earth notes, violets, black cherry, and black currant, on the palate it is full-bodied, muscular, and sweetly-fruited. It reveals plenty of power but remains light on its feet with good balance and a lengthy, pure finish. Give it 2-3 years to further unwind and drink it through 2023." (12/10) According to the Wine Spectator: "Jammy, offering ripe notes of blackberry and raspberry coulis held up on a bright frame..." It is well worth the effort to re-taste a wine periodically, even if it is a bottle which merely shows ok initially. This was my experience with the 2008 Cavas de Crianza Blend. Despite the review, I did not want to bring it in several months ago because honestly, it just was not tasting that good. I had the opportunity to re-taste it recently, and after several months it has developed into something much more interesting. The sweet dark fruit flavors show good concentration and have put on weight, with some well balanced sweetness from its stint in short stint in oak. Sometimes, itís all about a second chance and good timing. Drink this Malbec blend over the next few years with some good food and company. (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentine buyer)

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Malbec

- These days if you're drinking a Malbec it's probably from Argentina. The most planted grape in that country, varietally-labeled Argentine Malbecs are one of the wine market's great values, prized for their slight herbal component and dark, luscious fruit. Structurally, Argentina's Malbecs are much different than those grown in the grape's native France; they are riper, fruitier and fleshier. In France, the best iterations of Malbec can be found in the Cahors, where it can be quite decadent. It is also planted in the Loire Valley, where it is called CŰt and is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon or Gamay, and in Bordeaux, where it has fallen from favor in many of the region's great blends because it is difficult to grow. In the United States, the varietal is frequently added to Meritage wines - Bordeaux style blends - but it is rarely found on its own.
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Argentina

- 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.