18 Apr 2013

2011 Casarena Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon - look out Napa Valley Cabernet

2011 Casarena Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon - look out Napa Valley Cabernet

We all love well made Cabernet from Napa Valley, but wish we didn’t have to pay Napa prices.

In Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar March/April 2013 edition, he reviewed the new releases from Argentina. One of the highlights was the 2011 Casarena Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, which was given a 92 point score, where Tanzer mentioned that this would "do some damage in a blind flight of top Napa Cabernet". One thing is for certain, this won't cost anywhere near what a top end Napa Cabernet goes for these days, even with the economy forcing producers to re-think their pricing schemes.
 
Casarena is a fairly new operation, but in a few short years it has produced some exceptional wines, in particular within its Reserva range. The 2011 Casarena Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is an exceptional value in light of its superior quality and reasonable pricing. If you are looking for an alternative to expensive Napa Cabernet then this might be something worthy of consideration. We are offering this beauty for $22.99 and if you compare what is in the bottle, to what you would get from Napa at the same price, we know you will be impressed. It is well made, balanced and full bodied. Below is what Tanzer had to say:
92 pts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Mar/Apr 2013
(all from 82-year-old vines): Bright medium ruby. Restrained but pure aromas of blackcurrant, bitter chocolate, mocha and peppery herbs. Dense, sappy and deep, boasting a seamlessness in spite of its musky dark berry flavors accented by pepper and herbs. Classic, satisfying and complete cabernet, with a lush, round texture, excellent breadth and length, and very suave, fine-grained tannins. This could do some damage in a blind flight of top Napa cabernets. A steal at the price.

Posted by Oliver West 00:00:00

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