2010 Zolo "Reserve" Cabernet Sauvignon Mendoza

SKU #1122139 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Zolo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a worthy follow-up to the 2009. It has a sedate, well-defined bouquet of kirsch, cranberry, raspberry and that gravel note. The palate is full-bodied and well-balanced with earthy ripe black fruit. It is a little broody, but draws you in, and the finish is powerful but wonderfully focused. This is a classy Cabernet. Drink 2013-2020+  (10/ 2012)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 3/27/2013  | Send Email
What an impressive bottle of wine! If this Cabernet Sauvignon were from Napa instead of Mendoza it would be a good deal at $50. Luckily for us, it is from Argentina and a steal at $17.99. The Zolo Reserve is cool and curranty on the nose and rich and complete on the palate. The finish is polished and long giving the impression of something far more costly. This is the perfect thing for steaks on the grill!
Top Value!

By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/6/2013  | Send Email
In a region where Malbec is king, Cabernet almost always comes off as an afterthought. Not for lack of trying, Argentina has planted more cabernet in the last few years than any other grape. It always feels like something just hasn't connected though. Finally, we now have the Zolo Reserve which puts the varietal front and center with beautifully clean and balanced fruit. It is rich with currant flavors and blackberry notes. Not flush with oak but merely an accent point and the wine is never over the top. The Zolo proves that Argentine Cabernet is no longer cousin Oliver but a full fledged member of the family (apologies for the obscure Brady Bunch reference).

By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/4/2013  | Send Email
Zolo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon comes from some selected vineyard sites 1,300 meters above sea level. The dry weather and the wide swing of temperatures between day and night have created its distinctive micro climates, which result in wines that are typically rich in color and ideal for aging. Also, each of these terroirs provides a different expression of fruit and varietal concentration. Crushed violets, chocolate and leather on the nose. Black and blue fruits on the palate. A nice grip of tannins for a nice long finish. Perfect wine for steak night!

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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.
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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.