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"The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon shows orange tints denoting its age. Carmelo Patti likes to release his wines after a long aging in the winery, when he thinks they are ready to drink. There are plenty of aromas of tea leaves, paprika, hints of leather and cured meat plus dried flowers and something earthy. The austere palate shows fully-resolved tannins. There is nothing lush about this wine. This superb classically-styled Cabernet is tasty, long and ready to drink. If you want to see what Cabernet can do in Argentina this is a good example. This is like time-travelling. 12,000 bottles produced." ~ LG
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Carmelo Patti's wines have something of a cult following with devoted fans in Argentina and abroad. "I don't want to [make wine] for commercial reasons," says Patti, who only has one employee. Patti was an important force for the rebirth of fine wine production in Mendoza in the eighties and ito this day is one of the most respected enologists and winemakers in the country. His winemaking style is as unique as his character; no consultants, no manipulation, no pretentions. Carmelo simply does what he does best, and wine-loving consumers beat a path to his door. He defines his wines as "a classic style, a naked wine, without anything that can cover it up," and he insists on holding all wine until he deems it ready for release which can be 4-5 years after harvest at the soonest for reds. Nothing you have tasted from Argentina quite prepares you for the complex, wild flavors of this traditional, old-school Malbec.