Here’s a Wine o’ the Week (WoW): the Angulo Innocenti Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, ($20) grown in the La Consulta region of Mendoza, is what I like about Argentina’s cabernet. There’s ripeness and extraction, without the heaviness, prominent oak or high alcohol that afflict too many modern cabs these days. And it has that wonderful aspect that Argentina’s altitude lends to its red wines – structure that tells you the wine has tannin, but without that overt grip that makes your teeth itch. I’m a sucker for texture in a wine, and this one is silky with some rough edges, as if the fabric had a raised nap on one side. That’s the tannins, and they should mellow out in a few years.
The flavors here are all dark fruits, with some sense of earth (again, that texture). And if you brush your teeth forgetting you still have half a glass, there’s an appealing mintiness as well.