In 1975, Bernardo Weinert (right) breathed new life into this old bodega at Carrodilla, Mendoza, which had lain abandoned for 45 years. Ranged in the cool of deep granite cellars, far away from prying eyes, are serried ranks of large, old wooden casks (foudres) of slowly maturing wine. Weinert has a reputation for producing some of the Argentina’s best traditionally styled wines.
This is a good, generous, old-fashioned cabernet now round and mellow after long ageing in large old wooden casks for three years. With hints of mocha and spice and lovely ripe fruit, this is nicely mature now but could be kept until 2014 and is a wonderful example of the quality and value for money that can be found by going off-piste for wines with proper bottle age.
This article was originally published in February 2012. The wine is in no longer available.
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