Sunday, June 15, 2008

2005 Pascual Toso CABERNET SAUVIGNON "Reserve" Las Barrancas Vineyards (Mendoza, Argentina)

A complex, generous, high-class, good-value Cabernet.

Eye: Fully saturated black/blood red color.

Nose: Incredibly rich nose of ripe cassis, blackberry, chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and crushed stones.

Mouth: Soft and very full-flavored, with rich blackberry fruit and lots of dark chocolatey notes, as well as loads of metallic minerals, particularly in the finish (which is long, long!) Substantial tannin, but it's soft, so it doesn't detract from immediate drinking pleasure.

Score: 90.

Cellar or drink? This will certainly last for another several years, although its flavors are so open and inviting now, I can't see it developing additional nuances.

Price/store: Was $15 at Whole Foods on Bellaire.


Anonymous said...

There's no other way I know to let you know about another Argentinian wine I found than to post a comment... Try Bodega Norton Privada 2005; a blend of Malbec, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Red Wine. I had mine with a 14 oz. fillet in a small diner in Amsterdam. Along with the fillet I had a wonderfully grilled mushrooms in soy sauce and honey. Very delicate as a side dish to the entree.
Might go well with Frisbee Golf as well.


rjhilgers (san francisco) said...

have you had the pascual toso malbec? the 2007 is a really great wine for the price. you can see my write-up on it at

Wills said...

Love Red wine..