($55) Bright saturated ruby. Perfumed, high-pitched aromas of crushed blackberry, black raspberry, violet, bitter chocolate, cola and leather. Juicy and nicely delineated, with lovely inner-mouth energy intensifying the dark fruit and bitter chocolate flavors. Boasts a lovely penetrating sweetness without overripeness. Finishes long and serious, with suave, building tannins.
Until the early 1990s, Argentina's wine industry was focused inward, as the local market's thirst was sufficient to absorb the huge quantities of everyday drinking wine produced there. But with per-capita consumption in the domestic market in sharp decline since the mid-1970s, Argentina's wine producers realized that they had to look to export markets to remain in business, and winemaking in Argentina began its transformation.
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Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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