November 2013 Selection

The noble Cabernet Sauvignon

November 2013 Selection

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (2 bottles)
Bonesvalls 2010 (2 bottles)
Mira Salinas 2009 (2 bottles)

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Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodega Catena Zapata Mendoza, Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle: £9.66 club members / £11.65 non-members


The Catena wine range (Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Chardonnay) consists of high altitude wines, made using grapes sourced from different vineyards owned by the Catena family and cultivated at altitudes ranging from 1,000 to almost 1,500 metres above sea level. Each batch is harvested and vinified separately so as to offer an expressive ensemble of great balance.

The Catena Cabernet Sauvignon is a red with plenty of fruit and evidence of oak which will delight lovers of modern-style wines, yet will also captivate with its sweetness, fruitiness and roundedness those who usually shun the powerful and concentrated type of wine; it is extremely well-made and exudes high quality.

A dark and intense Picota cherry colour, this is a lively and energetic wine that shows its varietal character with that first impact on the nose: lots of ripe fruit (blackcurrants and red fruit), fresh and mineral (eucalyptus, pencil lead) notes, smoky and woody (cedar) hints, and a very attractive creamy sweetness; this is an open, elegant wine that pleases right from the start.

It is very juicy on the palate; powerful but also accessible; concentrated and smooth at the same time, with more black fruit than on the nose (blackberries), and with very well-integrated ageing notes; a wine that is complete. On the aftertaste, a fine bitterness begins to appear but is offset by the concentration of fruit and that ever-present sweetness. A Cabernet Sauvignon with a firm structure that will enable it to evolve extremely well in bottle, as befits this variety, yet with such roundness and balance that it could be enjoyed whilst still young, all down to the expert hands of this wine-producing family which can look back on the experience and passion of four generations.

Barbecues / stewed meats with mushrooms / red meats / pasta with bolognese sauce

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 16ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2020.

Catena Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
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Bonesvalls 2010 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Celler Masia Can Tutusaus Penedès, Spain Cabernet Sauvignon

Bottle: £10.02 club members / £12.24 non-members


Bonesvalls is a Cabernet, but a coastal Cabernet, a Mediterranean one. Its origins are clearly Bordeaux (it is refined, classic, smoky...) but its spirit is unquestionably Mediterranean: juicy, mature, sanguine, fresh.

In appearance, Bonesvalls is bright and a dark Picota cherry colour with a rather earthy shade on the rim. On the nose, it has two sides to it but it should be decanted have an hour beforehand in order to discover them both: it exhibits a mineral, smoky character, Bordeaux style (flint, incense, aromatic dried herbs such as thyme) but it abounds in the glass with Mediterranean essence, with juicy aromas of ripe and fleshy-red (plums) fruit and a saline touch, which must surely be due to that sea breeze which daily flows through the vineyards. The combination of aromas is very elegant, attractive and 'feminine', a particularly notable feature for a single varietal Cabernet, a variety which we generally associate with having more of a masculine character.

On the palate it is a light, medium-bodied wine and dominated, more than on the nose, by a Bordeaux profile, with dry touches of nutmeg and cigar box. Overall it is fruity, pleasant, with a fine structure and good acidity, and the tannins are silky, allowing the wine to be enjoyed whilst still young. A liquorice background concludes the aftertaste, with its remarkable persistence.

A wine that pairs up perfectly with Mediterranean cuisine, with roast meats and stews cooked with herbs and typical spices.

Sheep cheese / rabbit lamb with fine herbs / peppered steak / cannelloni / veal with mushrooms

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 17ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2018.

Bonesvalls 2010
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Mira Salinas 2009 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodegas Sierra Salinas Alicante, Spain Mourvèdre, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alicante Bouschet, Petit Verdot

Bottle: £12.69 club members / £17.09 non-members


Its red label makes an impact: beautifully plain and simple; it has all the appearance of a lively, forthright wine, and so it is. Vivid in the glass, a wine with plenty of colour, balsamic and mineral notes on the nose, fruit-forward and earthy on the palate, showing great balance. Where from? Alicante. Who makes it? The Castaño Family. Which varieties? Monastrell (70%), Cabernet Sauvignon (15%), Garnacha Tintorera (10%) and Petit Verdot (5%), with selected grapes from old vineyards.

Mira is a particularly well-balanced wine, rounded and very fruit-driven. It has a character we would not immediately associate with Monastrell, or at least not at first, embellished as it is by blending; a clever ensemble. The fruit is very fresh: blackberries and ripe plums, seemingly still covered in early morning frost, crisp fruit coated in mineral freshness, with notes of earth and stone, sweet touches and balsamic (liquorice, eucalyptus) hints. A profound red with character.

It is a wine full of colour, with remarkable density and slowly falling tears (15% alcohol! Yet very well integrated!). On the nose… you have to wait a bit and we recommend decanting for at least half an hour. Gradually but decisively, all its nuances start to appear, interwoven in the blend.

Nicely fresh too on the palate, it is fruity, intense, juicy, with good acidity and structure. Unlike perceptions on the nose, the palate reveals a very subtle sweetness and the aftertaste is when the Monastrell reasserts itself; considerately. A harmonious wine, a lovely creation devised by good teamwork.

Roast lamb / meats cooked on hot stone / oven-cooked meats

  • Wine Tasting Notes:
    • Colour
      Picota cherry red / garnet glints / intense / bright
    • Bouquet
      Ripe fruit / blackberries / ripe cherry / ageing notes / hardwoods / sweet spices / liquorice / nutmeg / cocoa
    • Palate
      Elegant / fruit notes / silky / balanced / long / voluminous / pleasant finish
  • Alcohol content: 15,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: 16ºC
  • For drinking this year.

Mira Salinas 2009
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