I consider this vineyard to be one of my best discoveries of 2011. Their 2008 production is highly regarded, often hard to find at this point. The good news is that the 2009’s now appearing on store shelves have been rated just as high. Guillermo García Lamadrid and Hector Durigutti, master winemaker and general manager are truly masters at what they do. Durigutti considered to be today’s wine maker with the midas touch in Argentina. He also has own name-sake line of Durigutti wines, although hard to find in the states I recently found some in Aventura FL and in Tryon NC of all places. Kudos to Tryon’s wine store La Bouteille [http://www.labouteille.net/]. Durigutti’s Bonarda wine [approx. $12.00] is worth trying and I’ll be posting about it in the near future along with other LaMadrid wines.
Guillermo García Lamadrid originally caught my attention in wine class because he originated from Cuba [my people!] and became a successful winemaker when he migrated to Argentina via Puerto Rico. I am sure there is a very interesting story there. I have been lucky enough to have tasted quite of few of their wines; Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon [$14.00], RESERVE Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Bonarda, Cab. Franc [$18.00] and the GRAN RESERVE Malbec [$35.00]. My personal favorite is the RESERVA Malbec 2008 and I hope to be writing about and drinking more of all of them in the near future.
Lamadrid Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
LaMadrid’s regular line of non-reserve wines run in the $12-14.00 range and I am seeing them more and more in different wine stores. My first choice would be their RESERVA line of wines which are aged longer etc. That said these lesser priced wines are very good and stand on their own. Robert Parker rated this one at 90 points.
Needs to be decanted, peppery nose as it opens with hints of wet earth and leather. A high sweet dark fruit flavor with leafy grass and green pepper taste thrown in. I also detected a toast and salty flavor which I have not detected in wine before. I would describe this wine as a CAB-LITE and Grenache like. Salud!