Zemlia Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, Mendoza, Argentina

Ever heard of a couple that has been happily married for fifty years, but got off to a rocky start like the guy spilling a drink on her?  It’ nice to know that there are many ways to start something good, at least you have options. The 2010 Zemlia Cabernet Sauvignon had that rocky start for me.

Zemlia is a fairly new venture, picking up the pieces of an existing vineyard operation and breathing new life into it. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon that I sampled was not, off – but what I think was supposed to a woody/leathery fragrance carried a rather unfortunate tiny hint of burnt hair.  Have you ever singed your arm hair on the BBQ and noticed a bit of a funny smell?  There was a wee tiny bit of something like that in the smell and it got me a little scared before I drank it….

Suffice to say the gulp redeemed that minor problem quickly. The wine washed around with round berry, sharp wood and had a nice long finish.  Very clean and straightorward, and absolutely no green stemmy/leafy bits to talk about.

Musical Match: The British band Gomez included a false start to their song “Options” on the release.  The song is big swooping, hooky pop rock piece that captures all that is good about British pop music, after that bumpy start.  The wine did offer me a bit of a false start, but the it was very easy to catch on to, and had me jumping in head first soon after.

Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.

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