The 2011 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon offers a fragrant, floral bouquet of pure black cherries and cassis, hints of violets evolving with aeration in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with cedar and melted tar on the entry. There is a touch of dryness and austerity to this Cabernet. It has very good weight and dimension, although there is something on the finish yearning for a little fleshy Merlot. This is a good effort though, and it should drink well over several years. Drink now-2017.
I found my visit to Casarena stimulating, in the sense that they are patently dedicated to uncovering Mendoza through fastidious massal selection and pin-pointing specific terroirs. As I related to them at the time, I wished that would reflect upon the amount of new oak used on their top wines, and not be afraid to allow their nuances to show through, unimpeded by excessive wood. Before I broach those wines, let us begin with their entry-level range, which offers excellent value.
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.
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