Vineyard: Owen's vineyard was originally planted in the 1930's. It is completely ungrafted Cabernet Sauvignon planted pergola style. This vineyard was the original source of the famed Angelica Cabernet by Nicolas Catena. At the suggestion of one of Argentina's top viticulturalists Ale' Sejanovich, Casarena purchased this vineyard.
Orientation: 3,150 feet in altitude
Soil: Alluvial gravels rich in limestone and minerals
Viticulture: Pergola trained vines
Vinification: cold maceration for 7-10 days with a total maceration of 40-45 days. Wild yeast fermentation.
Aging: 12 months in used French barrique with natural malolactic
Production: 150 cases imported to the US
Notes: All the vineyards are named after the grandchildren of Casarena owners Peter and Karen Dartley.
Publication: Wine advocate
The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Owen's Vineyard comes from a parral or pergola-trained vineyard from an 80-year-old plot in Agrelo. 2014 was a challenging vintage for Cabernet in Luján de Cuyo and the nose doesn't show as precise and deep as these old vines are capable of, like if it was slightly out of focus. The palate has classical Cabernet tannins and combines ripe and slightly herbal flavors. The faint musty notes in the nose made me hesitate, even if the palate showed much better. 30,000 bottles produced.
(13.7% alcohol): Bright ruby-red. Musky aromas and flavors of black raspberry, currant, plum, coffee, smoky minerality and herbs are accented by a hint of pepper. Dense and fine-grained but not especially thick owing to its firm but harmonious Cabernet acidity. In fact, this very savory Cabernet boasts a surprising lightness of touch. This is nicely balanced and approachable from the start but has the ripe, integrated tannins to support mid-term evolution in bottle. A lovely expression of terroir.
Publication: Other Press
Rating: 91 (Suckling)
Some pretty currant and berry character with hints of fresh mint. Medium body, fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now or hold - James Suckling