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Tasting the Wines of Bodegas y Cavas Weinert at MacArthur Beverages


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I was fortunate to join Phil in tasting through a selection of wines from Bodegas y Cavas Weinert at MacArthur Beverages.  Back in my Seattle days Jenn and I drank through cases of these wines as they were both affordable and mature.  Having only tasted one wine in the last decade, the 2006 Carrascal at Lou’s house last year, I happily looked forward to stoping by the store.  Bodegas y Cavas Weinert was founded in 1975 on a winery originally built in 1890. The winery was rebuilt starting in 1976 with the first harvest in 1977.  Today the vineyards contain vines aged 25-100 years old grown mostly on sandy and rocky soils which are high in minerals and located at 900-1,200 meters.  All fruit is fermented in either concrete tank or large oak casks then aged in large, used casks in the 19th century cellars.

Old Casks of Malbec, Bodegas Weinert, Image from _mgp_ (flickr)

These are traditional styled wines showing complexity from the extended aging.  This makes them quite different from the Argentine wines you typically see on the shelves in Washington, DC.   The 2007 Carrascal is reminiscent of a Bordeaux with an Argentine-Malbec note shinning through.  I particularly liked the 2006 Merlot and 2005 Malbec.  The Merlot shows a more mature nature and will probably drink well early on because it started to open up after 15 minutes of air.  The Malbec easily absorbed its third year in oak casks showing harmonious integration of tannins yet was still approachable and youthful.  This wine might reveal more after an hour or two of air but will certainly age for some time.  My recommendation is to seek out the Merlot and Malbec.  The wines were popped and poured so my brief notes are from revisiting the wine over the first 15 minutes or so.

2007 Bodegas Weinert, Carrascal, Mendoza
Imported by Broadbent Selections.  This wine is a blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot which was aged for 1.5-2.5 years in French oak casks.  A medium color of ruby with some garnet.  There was a younger, berry nose with black red fruit.  In the mouth the fruit was controlled at first before some ripeness came out, followed by black berries, a touch of raciness, leaving the impression of a balanced and lithe wine.  The fine, drying tannins were a touch spicy.  ** Now-2015.

2006 Bodegas Weinert, Merlot, Mendoza
Imported by Broadbent Selections.  This wine is 100% Merlot sourced from Lujan de Cuyo.  It was aged for two years in French oak casks.  A medium color of ruby with more garnet hints.  There was an interesting, mature-ish nose of old-school aromas.  In the mouth the flavors began with savory fruit before a youthful core of black fruit development.  This medium bodied wine some ripe red fruit with a dose of drying, fine to medium tannins.  An engaging mineral and “iron” note came out.  *** Now-2019.

2005 Bodegas Weinert, Malbec, Mendoza
Imported by Broadbent Selections.  This wine is 100% Malbec sourced from 70-110 year old vineyards in Maipu.  The wine was aged for three years in French oak casks.  This was a medium+ color of ruby.  The nose was the most youthful with medium strength, assertive, and pungent red aromas.  In the mouth the fruit showed controlled fatness then concentrated black fruit.  There were chewy tart red fruit flavors and an inky black vein. The tannins are fine and well-integrated.  *** Now-2022.

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