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2015 Casarena Cabernet Sauvignon 505 Estate Bottled

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2015 Casarena Cabernet Sauvignon 505 Estate Bottled

Single Bottle - Standard - 750ml


Tasting Notes:

The 2015 505 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of grapes from their estate vineyards in Agrelo and Perdriel fermented in stainless steel. 20% of the wine matured in second- and third-use oak barrels. Quite straightforward and fresh, the nose shows focused aromas of cherries and green tobacco. The palate is juicy, fresh and has a slight salinity on the finish. This is a noteworthy Cabernet, especially in a very complicated vintage for the grape in Mendoza. The secret here was a very early harvest. 150,000 bottles. The 2014 and 2015 vintages have been somewhat difficult. As Bernardo Bonilla - Casarena's winemaker - told me, you have to unearth your winemaking books. They had rain in February and people who didn't harvest early lost the crop. So, from his point of view, those two harvests will change the profile of most of the wines forever, because by being forced to harvest early they produced fresher wines, wines that are more drinkable and better accepted by the market. The market wants fresher wines and this might change the mentality of many of the larger producers who used to wait and harvest very late and ripe; in 2014 and 2015, if you waited, the grapes rotted. Bonilla is lowering the alcoholic degree of most wines and is fermenting the reds in the barrel room - the single-vineyard ones that are smaller lots - to avoid over extracting and obtaining too tannic wines with harsh textures so often found in other wineries. The change is more noticeable in the younger wines, in the entry-level 505 range, as I tasted the just-bottled 2015s. They have also eschewed inner staves in favor of well-seasoned oak barrels. A name in evolution.

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CASARENA (translated as “Sand House”) Winery & Vineyards is named after the earth-toned stucco exterior of the winery located on Brandsen Street, in the heart of Perdriel district in Luján de Cuyo region. Approximately 20 minutes away from downtown Mendoza, this viticulture project began in 2007 after the rebuilding of a century-old family winery.