You can thank El Nino, at least in part, for this cool-weather Cabernet Sauvignon. Born from 30-year-old vines in a classical zone of Lujan de Cuyo, this is a serious, harmonious expression of the varietal. Perfectly ripe, the mouthfeel is rich with layers of cassis and ripe red fruit, lightly spiced with black pepper, clove and tobacco.
As with many wines this time around, I got more than one vintage to taste, including the 2017 Appellation Agrelo Cabernet Sauvignon. Next to the 2016, you could see the different climatic conditions of the two vintages, with this 2017 coming through riper and rounder. In any case, it's a textbook example of Agrelo, with juicy fruit and polished, sweet tannins. This is also a favorite in 2017 and shows a very classical Bordeaux-like profile, peppery, spicy and elegant.