When tasting wine in Buenos Aires one usually expects Malbec (and I hope after reading this Argentine wine tasting blog that you now expect to taste at least Torrontes and hopefully Bonarda at any authentic Argentine wine tasting!!). It is always a subject of discussion to figure out what the next grape varietal will be from Argentina. What will be the one that makes it big after Malbec?
Several wine bloggers and wine writers have written about how Torrontes will be the next big thing out of Argentina and almost none have written about Bonarda or Cabernet, the former being totally unknown even by many sommeliers who I have tasted in some of the finest restaurants in the Unites States. Cabernet Sauvignon of course is the most widely known red grape in the world and is second only to Chardonnay in its total wine world presence. It is truly a ubiquitous grape, having found a home in many regions of the world where its big tannic structure can fully develop and ripen.
But what of Argentine Cabernet? While I don’t think this is the next grape to come out of Argentina and shake up the world wine market, I do think that Argentina makes some of the best value priced Cabernet in the world. Argentina does not have the terroir to truly compete with France for top of the line wine, but for wines priced between 10 and 25 dollars retail they certainly do.
One of the wines that is in this price point is the Tapiz Cabernet from Bodega Tapiz. This wine is a well priced value that exhibits classic Cabernet expression for a reasonable price. From a blend of vineyards in Agrelo and Tupungato, Mendoza and 10 months of barrel aging in both French and American oak, this wine has a nice nose of red fruits and cassis. The mouth has very nice structure and is full bodied with fruits of cassis and spices like black pepper.
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