2007 Carmelo Patti Cabernet Sauvignon Lujan de Cuyo

SKU #1388108 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Perdriel feels very classical, aromatic and minty, with notes of paprika, brick dust and a leafy sensation with elegance and complexity. Carmelo likes to sell wines that are ready to drink, and this one certainly is, with developed aromas and a polished texture. He always gets his grapes from the same vineyard and the wines are pretty consistent across vintages. The textbook Cabernet tannins are there, and so is the freshness and supple flavors. This is a great, classical Cabernet from the classical zone for the grape in Mendoza that for a reason made me think of Heitz's Marthat's Vineyard... All wines are fermented in concrete vats and manually crafted.  (12/2016)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Spicy red-berry and earthy aromas give way to a free-flowing palate with structure and tannic grip. This tastes of dark-berry fruits, brandied cherry and chocolate. A finish based on jammy berry fruits and spice is mature yet still a bit tannic and scratchy. Drink through 2022. (MS)  (5/2017)

K&L Notes

Carmelo Patti is nothing short of a legend in his hometown. The legend has travelled further afield, as his wines have grown a worldwide reputation for their quality and unique representation of vino Argentino. In the same fashion as his Malbec, Carmelo makes his Cabernet in a very simple way: he starts with terrific fruit (in this case from Perdriel in Lujan de Cuyo). Fermentation occurs with only native yeasts, and aging takes place one year in concrete. The wine is then racked into used French oak barrels and rests several years in the bottle. It’s that simple, though when you taste the wine your thoughts will likely not be about winemaking, but wine drinking. (Joe Manekin, K&L Argentine & Chilean wine buyer)


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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
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Argentina

- Argentina is regarded as one of the most dynamic wine-producing nations in the world, and possibly the most important wine-producing region in South America. Only four countries in the world produce more wine than Argentina. Considerable investments (much of which has come from famous French, Italian and California wine producers) have been made in new vineyards and winemaking technology in the past several years, which along with recent plantings of more premium varieties of grapes, has made Argentina much more competitive internationally. The Mendoza region is the most important region in Argentina's wine industry. And Malbec, among other Bordeaux varietals grown here, reigns supreme.
Alcohol Content (%): 14