And when you least expect it, the myth is busted. Actually, a new one is born.
A couple of days ago we opened a Solandes Cabernet Sauvignon Oak Collection 2012. This was the second wine variety we drank that night. We already knew it was a quite different wine. We decided to take the risk, all the same, especially because the previous one was very well-rated.
Having your mouth “intoxicated” with one of these represents a serious danger for the following wine, since comparison is inevitable. However, we were curious to learn if an organic Cabernet Sauvignon from the Atuel basin can taste well even when being preceded by a great blend.
I don’t know about the rest, but the Solandes certainly can.
At the uncork, we were met with the malolactic fermentation and the woody feeling, which carried a pinch of capsicum. When tasted, it is a great wine. May it be because of the blend or due to something different, but it is unctuous. It just fills the mouth. It stings but it doesn’t hurt and it leaves a pleasant memory for a considerable amount of time.
This is the moment when one realises that this wine comes from the south of Mendoza and not from the NOA (Argentinean north-western region).
The question about how much the 5% Carmenere influences its composition also arises.
And we also recall that Solandes is assessed by EnoRolland.
Yes, the land certainly exercises a great influence, and so do the labour of the people and the care of the grapes. All of this converges in a splendid wine.
A toast to Solandes!