MATT'S WINE NOT! ALAMOS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008 ARGENTINIAN RED WINE

Remember the Alamos!!

Sorry, couldn't resist.

As you may recall dear reader, I have a soft spot for Cabernet Sauvignon varieties, that wonderful, beautiful drink that really got me into wines to begin with.

Naturally when I'm strolling around my local Likbo (my ridiculous slang for LCBO) and see a Cabernet Sauvignon, it begins to beckon me, call to me, nearly begging me to pick it up and give it a good home (for about two days until it is utterly consumed and emptied of its contents).

Admittedly, this wasn't the case with this one (!!). I was actually looking for another wine I had seen in the LCBO's Vintages magazine (which is really a wonderful, fun read), but much to my dismay, was unable to find it, so! having wasted enough time wandering around, I opted to try another wine from Argentina.

My first go from Argentina wasn't a hit with me (the Malbec I earlier reviewed...too spicy [although I am an admitted spice wimp]), so what the hell, giv'er another go! And I was glad I did, especially since it was a Cab Sauv (oooh...wine slang...I'm selling out!).

Believe it or not, one of the nicest features was the cork, which reflected the Andes mountains pictured on the wine label...nice detail work! (I wonder how much extra it costs them to print pictures on the cork?)

The colour...should I even bother to tell you since you know the answer? If you guessed: it's red, it's deep, it's crimson, by George, call Alex Trebek, you're ready for Jeopardy!

For smell and taste...this was another one of those kinda...indistinguishable, dark reds, with dark fruits, but not overwhelmingly so that one could pick out too many individual, distinct tastes (I note some below). I have found lighter reds easier to distinguish tastes from, but darks are somewhat harder. I wonder why that is.

It did present a rich taste with a strong medium body, dry, slight acidic (tannin) kick...perhaps with some resemblance to dark cherries, blackberries, and what not.

Alamos was certainly flavourful though in its own way, with a good aftertaste of said dark fruits.

So! A quality red that will certainly entice you with its dark rich fruity tastes. Next time you're in your local Likbo or booze store: remember the Alamos.

***1/2 out of 4

Purchased at a Liquor Control Store of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$13.95 (US$13.21).

From LCBO.com:

ALAMOS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2008, 750 mL bottle
LCBO/Vintages #467944
Wine, Red Wine
13.5% Alcohol/Vol.
Sugar Content: D
Made in: Argentina
By: Catena

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