Bramare Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Lujan de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina

Appellation: Lujan de Cuyo. A traditional and well-known wine-growing region in Mendoza, situated at high elevations from 3,251 to 3,467 feet. Semi-desert climate. Soil: Low-nutrient gravelly soils provide ideal conditions for producing high quality grapes. Growing season: The season presented several challenges relating to weather conditions: a cool spring, with lower than average temperatures and late frosts aff ecting yields. Mid-summer saw heat waves and rain, resulting in a natural thinning of the grape bunches. Harvest started earlier than usual in some areas. Yields: 4.0 tons per acre. Aged for 17 months in new French oak (25%) and new American oak (5%), as well as second-use oak (70%). Tasting notes: Deep and intense red with dark violet hues, the wine has a powerful aromatic expression: black and red fruits like plum and blackberry elegantly compliment the spicy notes. There is good structure in the mouth, and the round tannins lead to a long and persistent finish.