Varietal Voyage No.14 – 2005 Carlos Pulenta “Tomero” Cabernet Sauvignon

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Varietal Voyage

Varietal Voyage No. 14 is another selection from the Thief Wine Shop.  This time we’re exploring an affordable cabernet sauvignon from the high-altitude vineyards of Argentina. The 2005 Tomero Cabernet Sauvignon is just one of the many offerings from Carlos Pulenta Wines.   If you get a chance, try their Vistalba wines, blends of malbec, cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and a grape called “bonarda.”

Tomero Cabernet Sauvignon gets its start in the upper Uco Valley, 80 miles southeast of Mendoza, in a vineyard called Finca Los Alamos. Carlos Pulenta and his family have been growing grapes here for over thirty years.  This location is excellent for growing cabernet.  The high altitude (1,200 meters above sea level), long sun exposures, sandy/rocky soils, and constant mountain breezes work together to create concentrated wines with intense flavors.  One of the biggest obstacles to overcome in this tough environment is getting access to water.  The only real source of water is the snow and ice that falls in the Andes mountains.  As  the ice melts, it eventually makes its way down into the valleys below.  During the 1800′s, as farms and vineyards grew larger, there became a need to control the limited supply of water.  The tomero or “water supplier” was the person in charge of  regulating the precious supply of water by opening and closing flood gates that fed the fields.  Even though technology has taken control over most of the irrigation process, the tomero still stands as a symbol of Argentina’s agricultural history.

That’s enough history!  All in all, this is another good, affordable cabernet.  It has many of the characteristics of an Argentine malbec, with its medium body and ample amounts of ripe fruit and jammy flavors.  The nose shows spicy aromas of blackberries, currants, with juicy flavors of black cherries, followed up by layers of pepper and cedar.  The tannins were soft, almost non-existent; something I didn’t expect from such a young cabernet.  The finish is quick and clean leaving you with the faintest hints of cocoa.

2005 Carlos Pulenta “Tomero” Cabernet Sauvignon ($13)

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