Beyond Malbec: 2007 Bodega Sottano Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Sottano CS Reserva WebBodega Sottano is a relatively new winery based in Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina.  The winery focuses their efforts on Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon and has a fairly small production of less than 60,000 cases per year.

In the glass, the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva was a deep, saturated, fresh-looking purple. The nose was complex and interesting with cassis, crushed red currants, vinyl, and smoke.  The palate continued with dark fruits and a pleasantly prunish note that displays the ripeness of the fruit, and finishes with coffee and white pepper. Having aged in bottle for several years, this Cabernet has become easily accessible. Not that it was a simple wine by any means, but rather that the tannins and acidity have mellowed to the point where they were present, but the mouthfeel was not as intense as it probably was three or four years ago. It had structure without being overbearing. The acidity still kept the wine fresh, while the tannins were smooth, but lingering. While I liked the wine (and, as an aside, it was better on the second night), I found it somewhat fragmented. Good/very good.

Purchased at Warehouse Wine & Spirits for $27.99.

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Katrin is one of the co-founders of Wine Dine With Us. She enjoys sharing her love of wine on the blog, and is particularly fond of wines from Argentine, Alto Adige, and Germany. A lifelong environmentalist, Katrin has become increasingly interested in issues of sustainability in wine and food, local food production, biodynamics, and organic agriculture. When not drinking wine and writing about it, she is a nonprofit professional, specializing in fundraising and special events.

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