A Rosé by another name……

Last weekend I got an opportunity to host my parents for a couple of days. I say opportunity, because my folks only live a couple of hours north of me and more often then I travel to their place when it’s time for a visit. However, circumstances dictated that my folks were going to be  staying with me a change. This coupled with the absolute fantastic weather we had for a January weekend called for a bbq.

I had to run out to the store to pick up some mushrooms, because you can’t have a steak without mushroom pan fried in garlic butter. While doing my last minute shopping I just happened to remember that I didn’t have any white wine or rose in the house. Since the wife prefers white or rose, I decided to be a good husband and pick up something for her.

As I browsing through the aisles I happened to come across a Rose from Argentina, made from Cabernet Sauvignon. Now a nice Cabernet Sauvignon is a excellent choice for steak, and since it was Rose, it was perfect choice for the wife.

Cabernet Sauvignon Rose from Argentina
Obra Prima Cabernet Sauvignon Rosado 2014

I was curious so I looked up the winery online. The Cassone family has been growing and producing wine grapes in Lujan de Cuyo region of Mendoza, Argentina since 1957. Originally those grapes that were grown were sold to other wineries. However in 1998 they began to use those grapes to make their own brand of wine, know as Familia Cassone.

The winery had three vineyards in the Lujan de Cuyo region; Finca La Florencia, Finca Agrelo and Finca La Dominga. These vineyards produce three of their four product lines: Obra Prima, Cassone, and Finca La Florencia.

The vineyards produce a variety of grapes including Syrah, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. They also produce a Rose made from Cabernet Sauvignon, a Sparkling Brut, and several blends.

In 2012 they purchased the Viña del Fundo vineyard in Chile. Located in the Valley of Maule, it produces Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Unfortunately I’m quite a novice when it comes to wine from Argentina. All most all of my my experiences have been with Malbec, so I was quite interested to see what this wine would be like.

Right away I was blown away by the color of the wine. The only words I can use to describe the wine are strawberry and pale orange.

Wine has a pale orange color
Pale orange dominates the color palette.

On the nose I picked up rose pedal right away, but there was something else I couldn’t quite put my finger on. It took a minute or two, but I realized the other aroma was that of fresh cut flowers. Not overpowering but very fragrant.

Taste wise it was very clean with a slight crispness to it, definitely not sweet at all or with much acidity. There was a dryness to the wine that I think comes from it being made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. I was taken aback at first with the dryness but quickly grew to appreciate it.

Strong notes of strawberry dominated the flavour of the wine but I also noted some notes of peach and apricot as well.

In the end I was really impressed by how this wine drank. For being an impulse buy it was really quite good. It’s definitely one I would buy again.

Notes: 

  • Winery: Familia Cassone Obra Prima
  • Vintage: 2014
  • Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Rosé
  • Region: Lujan de Cuyo
  • Country: Argentina
  • Nose: Rose pedals, fresh cut flowers
  • Taste: Strawberry, Apricot, Peach
  • Purchased: Aspen Wine & Spirits
  • Price: $17.99

Cheers,

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