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Argentina, Agrelo - Mendoza


Casarena Single Vineyard Owens Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

91+ pts Stephen Tanzer's IWC (ST)

Tasting Notes

Big, bold, assertive aromatics and flavors. Broad, with layers of dark fruit with savory notes are accompanied by wonderful texture and seamless tannin structure.

Awards, Reviews and other Notes

91+ pts Stephen Tanzer's IWC (ST)
(from vines averaging 80 years of age): Bright, deep ruby-red. Deep, liqueur-like aromas of currant, plum, mocha and chocolatey oak. Then juicy, spicy and tight in the mouth, much less showy today than the Jamilla’s Malbec in spite of its serious depth. Powerful, medicinal dark fruit flavors and substantial dusty tannins call for patience.

91+ pts Robert Parker Jr's The Wine Advocate (LG)
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Owen's Vineyard comes from the parral also used for the Cabernet Sauvignon Reservado. They didn't have a Cabernet in the single-vineyard line so added this one from an 80-year-old plot in Agrelo that produces very good grapes that were traditionally sold to Catena where Bernardo Bonilla, the winemaker, used to work. Cabernet usually ripens later than Malbec, and Bernardo likes Cabernet with red fruit, but does not dislike the herbal aromas traditionally linked to the variety, and this has them all. The complex nose also has aromas of blond tobacco, black pepper, vanilla and smoke. The palate reveals a serious wine, that is quite oaky and has ripe, charred flavors that should better integrate with time in bottle.

Winemaker Notes

Owen’s vineyard was planted in the early 1930’s by an immigrant Italian family using a traditional ove the head pergola trellising system. Owen’s vineyard (Agrelo District is planted in rich clay and sandy loam soils, with a rocky sub soil that ensures good drainage. As a result of the nutrient rich soil, the unique trellising system and the significant age of the vineyard, these grapes show powerful varietal notes and yet wonderfully soft tannins. After fermentation and cold soaking, the wine is racked to barrels for 15 months before being bottled with a very light filtration.

Chemical Analysis




Alcohol %: 14.5
pH: 3.6
Total Acid: 6.1 mg/l tartaric
Free/Total Sulfur: 22 mg/l / 62 mg/l
Residual Sugar: 0.50 g/l



Cabernet Sauvignon

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