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CALIGIORE — RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON (Vintage 2013, Red) Country: Argentina  Region: Mendoza  Grape: Organic Cabernet Sauvignon

With a wine history dating back to 1557, Argentina experienced an influx of immigrants from Italy, Spain and France in the 1800’s who brought their vines and centuries of winemaking knowledge with them. Today Mendoza, one of the driest places on earth, produces 70% of Argentine wine, and Argentina is the fifth biggest wine producer in the world. Mendoza has it all: perfect soil and land, altitude for optimum night and day temperatures, constant sun, little wind, and rich mineral water are contributing factors to its success.

Caligiore Wines, a family business, was founded in 2001 and is devoted exclusively to the production of ecological grapes, with wines produced and certified under international standards of IFOAM and USDA NOP. This winery is in the heart of the Cayanta farm region, and uses state-of-the-art equipment geared for high quality production but on a small scale.

Gustavo Caligiore uses only 100% organically grown Cabernet Sauvignon in the creation of this wine, elegant with intense lively ruby color. Spicy white pepper taste and black fruit aromas on a delicate French oak background with notes of chocolate and vanilla. Sweet, enveloping entrance with velvety tannins and a pleasant acidity enhance freshness and persistence. Enjoy it now or cellar through 2019. Serve at room temperatures with rich pasta, pork roast, rack of lamb or aged cheeses.

CABERNET SAUVIGNON GRAPES — Widely planted, this premium red grape is a prolific grower — small, dark, thick skinned and late-maturing. One of the world’s most widely recognized grape varieties, it is also one of the youngest, originating in the 17th century with the crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It produces tannic wines with black currant/cassis aroma and flavor. Flavors and characteristics vary with the region where it is grown. One of its most significant qualities is that it ages so well, sometimes successfully kept for decades. Also called simply Cabernet, it is best known for its affiliation with the Bordeaux region of France.

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