Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Bodega El Esteco

Terroir: There are few places on earth where magic really happens. The Calchaquí Valley, home of Bodega El Esteco winery, is certainly one of them. This Valley, located at over 6000 feet hidden in the North of Argentina, displays some unique characteristics. Poor alluvial soils; high sun exposure; low humidity; and broad thermal amplitude make the Calchaquí Valley an exceptional wine region.

Vinification: The El Esteco range of wines is oriented to have a personality of great finesse and complexity. Concentrated bunches of small grains are manually harvested early in the morning and put into small bins of 18 kg. Pre-fermentative maceration at 5°C in stainless steel tanks and gentle treatments are carried out during alcoholic fermentation. Utilization of both native and selected yeasts for the fermentation process. Post fermentative maceration total 25 days. Natural malolactic fermentation is carried in both american and french barrels of first, second and third use. Finalizing this process the wine is carried out in both American and French barrels. A careful selection of barrels is made, looking for light toasted oak in order to accentuate the freshness of the fruit. The wine is bottled unfiltered, and kept at the winery during 6 months.

Additional Information

Ruby red in color with an elegant, spicy nose. Ripe and round in the mouth with black fruit, chocolate notes and balanced oak.

Technical Details

  • Appellation: Calchaquí Valley
  • Winemaker: Alejandro Daniel Pepa
  • Sustainability: Sustainable Practices
  • Soil: Sand, Gravel
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Ttl Acidity: 6.0 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 3.85 g/l
  • Sizes Available: 750ml
  • Pack Size: 12/750ml
  • Varietals: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Recent Press

  • Score: 88 Points

    Wine Enthusiast Author: Michael Schachner
    Date: Monday, December 10, 2018
    "Funky aromas of olive, rubber and sea shell announce a wine from Argentina's northlands. This Cafayate Cabernet is tight and hard-edged, while flavors run towards blackened plum, blackberry and pepper. Toasty spice and hard tannins control a rugged finish."
  • Score: 89 Points

    Wine Spectator Author: Kim Marcus
    Date: Friday, November 30, 2018
    "Dried savory notes accent the red plum, green olive and dried cherry flavors. Hints of pepper and zesty spice show on the finish. Drink now through 2021."
  • Score: 88 Points

    Vinous Author: Stephen Tanzer
    Date: Sunday, July 1, 2018
    "(3.77 pH with 3.39 g/l r.s.; from vines planted at an altitude of 1,700 meters): Healthy medium red-ruby. A bit of musky reduction to the sweet aromas of redcurrant and tobacco. Dense, chewy and broad, offering a rich mouthfeel but moderate complexity to its plum, redcurrant, herb and cedary oak flavors. Finishes with serious but well-buffered tannins and good length."

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