Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


This week’s Wine Wednesday post goes back to the value segment of the wine market as we travel to Argentina, home to the world’s best steak, best soccer player and best malbec.

But today’s Sukasa Style pick isn’t a malbec, it is a reasonably priced cabernet sauvignon from Bodegas Esmeralda (under the Tilia brand name) in eastern and southern regions of Mendoza.

Tilia Cabernet Sauvignon (2012)
TILIA CABERNET SAUVIGNON | LCBO 163428 | Price $ 12.95 / bottle
Made in: Mendoza, Argentina  By: Bodegas Esmeralda
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Style: Full-bodied & Firm
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Sugar Content: 9 g/L
Sweetness Descriptor: D - Dry

This review covers the 2012 vintage and the only suggestion we have is that that wine may be a little young –hence the full-bodied and firm descriptor by the LCBO—so decanting would be recommended.

Up front the nose is blueberry and we felt it was more on the medium to full side of the body spectrum. The palate reminded your reviewers of a great Chianti: full of acidity yet balanced with flavours of plums and a hint of minerality (that we would normally associated with a Chablis), coupled with some tobacco flavour ultimately leading to a good finish.

This tasted like an expensive wine that could do with another couple of years in the cellar, but at this price point it would also make for a terrific house wine option. Buy a few bottles, one to drink now, and the rest to cellar, and we believe that you will be rewarded without spending a lot.

Food pairing: Spaghetti Bolognese, gourmet burger, braised short ribs.

Suggestion: Decant before drinking now, cellar for 2 years to get full benefits.

Sukasa Stars: 4.4 / 5  (expect rating to improve with age)

QPR (Quality Price Rating): Excellent

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