Wine is fine: Astica Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

8 Jan

Who said wine and football don't mix?

BARGAIN ALERT!  Tonight’s wine may very well be the cheapest available at Barriques at $4.99/bottle.  Look out, Chuck.  All the way from the Cuyo region of Argentina comes the Astica Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2008.  Is it a bargain or is it just a cheap wine?  The low buy-in to find out garnered a look.

Wine: Astica Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Vitals: 13% abv, Cuyo Region, “Produced from grapes hand-picked in the Cuyo Valley, which lies in the northern boundaries of Mendoza and lies at very high altitude (800 to 1,100 meters above sea).”

Company line: “The wine presents a ripe blackberry aroma with a smooth, round, fruity palate.  Ideal to drink with grilled meats, roast, and full-flavoured dishes”

My take: Dark garnet in the glass.  Nose is somewhat muted but provides some dark berry along with a leathery ribbon.  A cooling minty/anise flourish distracts somewhat from an otherwise one-note ripe blackberry palate.  Body is on the thin side and finish is dry and short.  A little rough around the edges for the seared porkchop with braised carrots and twice-baked potato I whipped up for dinner tonight, but not an entirely awful experience.  I’m not sure I would add this to my regular rotation, but you can certainly do worse for five bucks.

One Response to “Wine is fine: Astica Cuyo Cabernet Sauvignon 2008”


  1. Wine O’Clock: Astica Cuyo Torrontes 2008 « 43north/89west - February 23, 2010

    […] last dance with the wines of Astica came courtesy of their bargain-priced Cabernet Sauvignon.  At $4.99 a bottle, I was hoping to find a cheap go-to to have around for cooking and peripheral […]

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