Cabernet Sauvignon is the varietal I was drinking most often when South American wines hit my radar years ago. Once I started drinking wines specifically from Argentina the quality of Cabernet available at modest price points was pretty staggering. Today our shelves have a host of offerings from Argentina all over the price and flavor map. One Producer I’ve been enjoying routinely over the last few years is Luigi Bosca. Today I’ll look at their current release of Cabernet Sauvignon. The Luigi Bosca 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva was produced from fruit sourced at El Paraiso Vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina. This vineyard sits more than 2,500 feet above sea level and the vines are 80 years old. This offering is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermentation took place in stainless steel at controlled tempratures. Aging occurred in a combination of French and American oak over 12 months. This selection has a suggested retail price of $20.99
The nose of this Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with decadent, ripe, dark berry aromas. An undercurrent of cocoa plays a role as well. The palate is juicy with blackberry and fleshy dark plum both providing large parts of the flavor. Spice notes are in abundance as well with black pepper leading the charge there. This wine has a silky, velvety, pleasing finish that lingers for an impressive length of time. Tannins are firm but yielding and this wine has excellent structure and good acid.
For around $20 this represents an excellent value in Cabernet Sauvignon. If you drink Cabernet with a $35 or so price-tag from old world regions or even certain parts of California you’re likely to find that this wine blows away your expectations. This is another more than solid entry from Luigi Bosca.