patrón santiago gran reserva cabernet sauvignon 2000 - tasting notes

a bottle from finca el zorzal de manuel lópez lópez (bodega) brought back from our 1st trip to buenos aires in 2004.  i have been keeping this wine in our cellar ever since and looking forward to open it. 

as usual, our tasting notes are based on the wset systematic approach to tasting:

apearance:

clear bright with medium intensity ruby color and breaking at the rim.  with several long thin legs caressing the glass.

nose:

clean, medium (+) intensity, developping aromas of black current, dark forest fruits, tobacco, coffee, star anis, vanilla, roasted coconut.  fresh and still young and vibrant on the nose.

palate:

dry with medium refreshing acidity, medium ripe tannins, medium alcohol and body - all in very good balance.  smooth on the palate with medium (+) intensity flavours of black currents, spices, mint, vanilla, and orasted coconut.  a little bit more austere on the palate than on the nose.  long lenght, savoury finish.  requests another sip.  lovely and fresh for an argentinean cabernet after 8 years of ageing.

conclusion:

good.  drink now but can age another 4-5 years at least and improve.  will develop lovely terciary aromas and flavours