Vineyard: The Cabernet comes from the famed Owens vineyard. The Malbec comes from their vineyards in Pedriel.
Orientation: On average 3,100 feet
Soil: alluvial gravels rich in limestone.
Viticulture: ungrafted vines; hand harvesting
Vinification: destemmed grapes fermented using natural yeasts.
Aging: 9 months in used French barriques with spontaneous malolactic
Production: 300 cases imported
Notes: The team at Casarena is known locally as "the punks of Lujan" because of their nonconformist trailblazing style. They are primarily focused on Cabernet and the micro terroirs of Lujan de Cuyo both not the "new" thing in Mendoza.
Bright ruby-red. Showing its Malbec side on the nose, with dominant aromas of blackberry, bitter chocolate and licorice. Juicy, spicy wine with lovely inner-mouth energy and umami character to its dense, smooth flavors of dark berries and Tellicherry peppercorn. Finishes with substantial dusty, ripe tannins and subtle lingering sweetness.