Category Archives: cabernet sauvignon

WBW 63: Finding my muse in a bottle of 1990 Mas La Plana

It seemed like an easy theme, what Rob Bralow proposed for Wine Blogging Wednesday. Find your Muse. That’s easy, here it is: There, done. And there’s plenty of other songs from that band available on the Internet. Oh, wait. That’s not what he meant? All right. Enough with the silly musical asides. But it is a wicked, inspiring [...]
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Tasting Note: 2005 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon, Bodega Catena Zapata

The Catena family is one of the major and one of the most interesting players in the world of Argentinian wine. They produce a wide range of wines in all sorts of price range, with consistent quality at all levels, from the more generic Alamos label to the Catena Zapata wines, the top cuvées created [...]
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Wine Blogging Wednesday #52: an inexpensive organic red from Chile

When I heard about the theme for Wine Blogging Wednesday number 52, Value Reds From Chile, proposed by Tim of the Cheap Wine Ratings blog, I knew that it was right up my alley. After all, for Wine Blogging Wednesday #48, when Lenn Thompson asked us to go back to our roots, to the first [...]
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Wine Blogging Wednesday 48: Catching Up with Chilean Cab

I had a moment of hesitation, when I read Lenn Thompson’s announcement for the 4-year anniversary edition of Wine Blogging Wednesday. As he called upon us to go back to our roots, to taste back wines we particularly favored early in our wine guzzling tasting days, I immediately thought of Robert Mondavi’s 1987 Napa Valley [...]
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Tasting Note: Gran Coronas Mas La Plana 1988, Penedès, Miguel Torres

A sizeable portion of my modest cellar is taken up by bottles of Mas La Plana, a single vineyard cabernet that Miguel A. Torres started harvesting in 1970. In 1979, the wine became legendary when the 1970 vintage won the cabernet competition at the Wine Olympics put together by Gault-Millau, against the likes of Château [...]
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