Just in time for your 4th of July cookouts, I decided to taste the 2014 Antigual Uno Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $18.00, sample for review). For those of you who have followed this website for at least a year will recall that I reviewed the 2013 Antigal Uno Malbec, whose tasting experience transported me to my 2013 trip to Mendoza, Argentina.
Another wine of both great value and quality, this cabernet sauvignon showcases higher-elevation, 100% cabernet sauvignon from Antigal’s Uco Valley, Mendoza vineyards. Hand harvested and crafted, this wine sees similar oak aging as last vintage’s malbec, 12 months in a mix of American (40%) and French (60%) oak. While quite young, I found this wine to be very drinkable now if opened a short time in advance of serving it. As someone used to full-bodied Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, I found the medium-body, higher-acid style of this wine to be a refreshing change. Blackberry, black cherry, and plum intermingle with spicy oak and bitter, black coffee flavors to create a layered flavor palette. Absolutely pair this with beef of all kinds: burgers, carne asada, ribeye, filet mignon, tri-tip, T-bone. Happy 4th of July!