Salentein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: Multiaward Winner ’11’12’13’14 Bronze, Silver, Gold — Wine Woman Pick

Salentein Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: ¥259

We love Salentein; a 2000 hectare estate in the Uco Valley, around 700 hectares of which is planted to vine high in the Mendoza Region smack up against the Andes mountains. Pinot Noir, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are the main varieties here, in three vineyards that begin around 1100 metres above sea level, and culminate in the San Pablo vineyard, which at 1700 metres is more or less dry farmed. Its cool climate produces fine Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc too.

Michel Rolland is consultant for Salentein. Cultivation is “90% organic, but not certified,” according to resident oenologist, Laureano Gómez.

Their El Cortigo brand is certified as Fairtrade product, and Laureano says they have “No real disease or pest problems, because of the very dry climate and very cold winters.” Grapes are 100% hand-picked into small crates, and yields are low; just 30hl/ha for their top wines.

Ruby-red wine, with good aromatic intensity, and touches of pepper and roasted red pepper, with some paprika or dry pepper, followed by a sweetness given by the red and black fruits. The vanilla aroma blends with the wooden notes and are fully integrated ageing in French oak barrels. A great structure in the mouth is a key feature of this year’s vintage (the 2011).

Tannins are well condensed with anthocyanins, adding red hues, and resulting in a roundness and softness in which the typical structure of the Cabernet prevails. Valle de Uco produces this varietal with notable structure, which makes it suitable for long-term storage.

The body of this wine makes it an ideal match for semi-hard or aged cheeses, or important and complex dishes of spiced red meat or pastas. Highly recommended: decant for 20 to 30 minutes at 16°C (61°F) before drinking.

Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2004, 87/100 ,


San Francisco International Wine Competition, 2014: Gold
Decanter World Wine Awards, 2013: Bronze
International Wine Challenge, 2012: Bronze
Wines of Argentina, 2011: Silver
Decanter World Wine Awards, 2008: Commended

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