Yesterday when Mel, Claire and I were discussing who would bring what to Wednesday Friendsday, I told them it was tasting day for a new wine. Sidenote: the three of us generally bring the same wine to Wednesday Friendsday – some combination of Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Merlot – dubbed Shir-noir-lot….BUT once a month, I’ll be featuring a wine on theoliveshoe.com, which means we get to review it together.
Claire recently ordered a variety of wine at a great price through Rue La La or a similar site, and she offered to bring a bottle to share last night, which was Schroeder Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2012.
Roberto Schroeder, owner of Familia Schroeder winery, describes the wines of his region in a post on WinesofArgentina.org: “Patagonia’s wines boast a great personality, exhibiting a very striking color. They are expressive, fruity, and intense, offering a great acidity. These characteristics grant them longevity, reaching a ripening and aging in line with time.” The 140 hectare estate is near the Neuquén River, which is fed by water melting off the Andes Mountains in the Patagonia region of Argentina. What is a hectare, you ask? 2.471 acres or 10,000 square meters.
One very cool piece of trivia about Familia Schroeder winery…the fossil remains of an actual dinosaur, unearthed by construction workers while digging on the grounds 10 years ago, calls the winery home as well. The Titanosaur, who walked the earth 75 million years ago, inspired the name of two lines of the Familia Schroeder wine: SAURUS.
Soooo what did we think?
Well, first off, the wine had very smooth legs and coated the glass beautifully. Our reactions: “I expected it to be drier. It’s almost fruity.” “There’s absolutely no bite; it’s very smooth.” “It’s smooth and pretty!”
It was surprisingly sweet, but not overpowering. I was expecting more of the tannin bite, but there wasn’t really much of any. It would have paired well with a strong cheese or something spicy. The wine retails for about $20 a bottle, and I will certainly add it to my “would drink again” list.
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