Mascota Cabernet has the taste of a full-bodied wine with a dash of balanced sweetness.
Sore muscles knocked me to the couch for a few evenings so, might as well catch up on the final episodes of Newsroom and pour myself a nice glass of wine. Tonight’s selection Mascota Cabernet from Argentina, not only surprised, but kicked my last few wine selection’s butts. If you love full bodied wine with bold flavor that range from tart to earthy spice this is your wine for the holidays.
Wine Maker’s Notes
La Mascota Cabernet has been produced in very limited quantities from our finest vineyard, name La Mascota, situated in Cruz de Piedra, Muipui, one the oldest and most prestigious wine regions in Mendoza. This Cabernet Sauvignon was aged for 15 months in American and French oak barrels and expresses aromas of cassis, raspberry jam, with an elegant touch of roasted pepper and chocolate.
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Mendoza, Argentina
No wine is perfect and neither will it appeal to all palates. But, this Cabernet surely does come close, especially with a $16 price tag. Multi-layered and complex, the Mascota Cabernet has all the layers you would want in a wine. Beautiful raspberry and cherry notes on the nose, a well balanced spicy mid palate and finishes with a subtle earthy tea leaf taste. I would categorize the Mascota Cab more in the Malbec or Shiraz flavor profile, yet the tail end of the cabernet is soft and lingering. I definitely get a good oaky and toasty notes throughout the wine, which is my favorite part.
Wine Enthusiast rated the Mascota Cabernet 2011 with a 90 point rating. It’s a great wine to share with friends who enjoy bolder wines. I would recommend a wine like this for smaller dinner parties or with a date.
Pairing: Korean Curry Over Rice
This wine calls for a fun ethnic dish! So, I paired it with an Korean style beef curry over a bed of jasmine rice. The spices for the curry enhance the fruity and spicy notes of the Mascota Cab perfectly. This week’s recipe comes from the kitchn by Alice Choi.
Happy Wine Tasting,