Wine Tasting in the Trapp Family Lodge Wine Cellar
Saturday, February 2nd 4:00 to 6:00
We will be tasting new releases of Argentine Cabernet Sauvignon, for inclusion on our list. Argentina is currently the world's fifth largest wine producer by volume – after France, Italy, Spain and the USA in that order – a position it has held for many years. High volume, low quality vines are being replaced by premium varieties. Formerly struggling bodegas are attracting the backing of major international wine companies. Product quality is soaring, and every year the industry balance shifts further from cheap table wines towards exquisitely crafted wines that are increasingly recognised as being amongst the best in the world. The Argentine wine industry is reaping the benefits of its heritage - old vines, unique geographical conditions - with new technology and a mix of modern and traditional methods. It's come along way since the first vines were planted in Mendoza more than 400 years ago. The reason for this was that the indigenous Huarpes of the region had, many years earlier, developed and built a complex and sophisticated system of irrigation channels to bring water from the Mendoza river to the arid plains. The desert climate and advanced irrigation system gives Mendoza's grape growers a unique advantage. With complete control over the watering of their vines, and in combination with the hot daytime temperatures and cool nights during the grape ripening seasons, conditions are almost ideal for growing grapes with ripe, intense fruit characteristics and good acidity levels. Cabernet Sauvignon fares best in warmer climates, and benefits from a long ripening season. In Argentina Cabernet Sauvignon is usually picked towards the end of the harvest, in late March. A small, robust, thick and dark-skinned grape, it imparts considerable tannins, body, and colour to its wines. Aromas and flavours most often ascribed to Cabernet Sauvignon are black fruit – blackberries and blackcurrants.
The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:
Familia Stortini, “Etc”, Mendoza 2010
Crios, Mendoza 2010
Catena, “High Mountain Vines”, Mendoza 2010
Decero, “Remolinos Vineyard”, Agrelo/Mendoza 2008
Salentein, “Reserve”, Valle de Uco/Mendoza 2006
A sign-up sheet will be available at the front desk (253-5742 or 800-826-7000) and there will be a $20.00 fee per person.