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Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 6.09.58 PMMost people look at Argentinian wine they think of Malbec. While they do make amazing Malbec, I think it is time for Americans to branch out and try some of South America’s other wines. The first in this series of 3 in a row (the other two being from Chile) is a Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most coveted grapes in the world and is pretty hard to grow right along with Pinot Noir. Both grapes have very different hardness at growing them to them but both can be very delicious if done right.

This brings us to the 2009 Famiglia Bianchi Cabernet Sauvignon. It is distributed by Quintessential Wines in Napa but you can also find it on Wine.com for the reasonable price of $18.99. This wine received 90 points from the Wine Advocate. Here are the tasting notes from the distributors website:

Description: A classic Cabernet Sauvignon that can compete with the best from around the world, this wine has an intense red/purple color and an enjoyable, complex nose that is reminiscent of berries, spice, cedar, chocolate and much more. The nose carries through the palate, delivering rich, full texture and berry-spicy-cedar flavors. It is a well-balanced wine with a lingering, pleasing finish.

… [I also wanted to add this interesting part of the winemakers notes]…

It was aged eight months in 90 percent French, 10 percent American barrels – 33 percent new, 33 percent one year-old and 33 percent two year-old… the final wine was bottled aged for 8 months.

Pretty amazing process. So how was it?

Color – Deep dark purple.

Nose – Pepper and spice with some red currant to it.

Taste – Lots of black pepper with more red currant and a hint of vanilla.

Finish – Long with medium to high acid and very bold tannins.

Overall, even though I was nowhere near the same tasting notes as the winery I still enjoyed this wine. If by berry they mean red berries then we were close but otherwise way off. A lot of times you find a red berried wine that is not very bold and gets a little too light but this was not that case. By the way, if you like Black pepper in your wine this is the wine for your. There was a lot, but I liked it!

Rating: A-

~Justin