Our Cabernet Sauvignon is always the last to ripen on the Alegria vineyard in the foothills of the Andes. And this year the Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed high heat in January, followed by a cooler than usual countdown to harvest during February and March. The consequence was a crop of perfect clusters, exemplary concentration, enhanced flavors, and optimal, natural acidity. The result is a Cabernet Sauvignon of rare finesse.
The wine shows balanced aromas of black currant and cherry fruits intertwined with spicy and earthy notes. It is an elegant and lively Cabernet Sauvignon with good structure and firm tannins that give a great aging potential and a delicate persistence. The oak is well integrated, giving good grip, body, power and elegance.
|Vintage:||2013||Grape Varietals:||90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Syrah co-fermentation||ABV:||14%|
|Aging:||The wine was aged in a mixture of French and American oak for 18 months. To preserve the fullest flavors, it was not filtered.|
Once again, we selected whole clusters by hand as we harvested relatively late, in the third week of April, with low yields of 75 hl/ha. There was then a double selection: first, by bunches, then grape by grape. Total maceration took 20 days, starting with cold soaking for four days, alcoholic fermentation 12 days, then four days additional. The Syrah came from our vineyard – as always, SonVida represents the single vineyard wine.
Yes, this is a Cabernet Sauvignon to be enjoyed with a quality steak, or cut of beef. But also it can be enjoyed on its own, its smooth balance and finesse lending ideally to a relaxed evening in good company. It will age well, as have earlier SonVida Cabernets, adding complexity and richness.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|AR0EE361005CSL||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 01673 0||1 07 84585 01673 7||$28.99|
"David Smith’s bijou estate is making some of the best-balanced wines in Paraje Altamira at the moment. This fresh, nuanced, admirably subtle wine is chalky and very mineral, with fine-grained tannins, herbal, cassis and red cherry fruit and a kiss of oak. 2020-25"
- Tim Atkin, Argentina Special Report 2018, 92 pts
"(14% alcohol): Good medium red. Musky redcurrant, clove, mocha and soil on the nose, plus a whiff of mesquite-grilled steak. Plush, broad and nicely concentrated, and a bit darker on the palate than it is on the nose, offering hints of cassis and licorice. The dry finish features a firm tannic spine. This may yet expand in bottle. - Stephen Tanzer"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (Argentina’s Wines Enter The World Stage, July 2018), 89 pts
"A blend of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Syrah co-fermented, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in a combination of American and French oak for 18 months. This is a soft, juicy, deep, full-bodied wine with cedar wood, forest floor, blackcurrants and herbs. Drink it over the next 4-5 years."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2016), 90 pts - Excellent Wine Values for Under $25
"Lifted, floral blueberry, raspberry, tomato and herbal aromas set this apart from the norm. Fresh but limited on the palate, this tastes of herbal raspberry and savory meat. Similar to the palate, this is short on the finish, with pronounced oak. - Michael Schachner"
- Wine Enthusiast (October 2016), 88 pts
"Lightly baked, rooty aromas of berry fruits come with notes of charcoal and toast. This is layered, deep and creamy in feel, with firm tannins waiting in the wings. Ripe berry and cassis flavors mixed with notes of tobacco and carob finish with nutmeg, chocolate and other flavors from the bake shop. Drink through 2020. - Michael Schachner"
- Wine Enthusiast (February 2015), 90 pts