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Finca el Origen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Charactertext
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Finca el Origen Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Mountain Character 2018

Valle de Uco, Tunuyán, Central Region, Mendoza, ArgentinaFinca El Origen was established in 1996 by Carolina Wine Brands, best known for Santa Carolina, and was the first Chilean venture into Argentina. This shows heady, plump blackberry with lots of toast and vanilla, even though just under a third of the wine is aged in French oak. It's a bit simple, but still varietally accurate and more polished than you'd typically expect for this price. As a celiac, I found the gluten free symbol on the back label a bit much. Yes, gluten can be found in the winemaking process. For example, a flour paste is sometimes used when putting the head on a barrel. But that doesn't translate to the final wine; studies have shown such wines still fall below the legal limit to classify a food product as gluten free. That legal limit, by the way, is just 20ppm, or mg/L, in Canada. In other words, wine should be classified as naturally gluten free.Tasted: 21 February 2021Tasted by: Prices: BC 16.99 BCLS Select Producer: Bodegas y Vinedos La EsperanzaDistributors: Charton-Hobbs
Grape: Cabernet SauvignonCSPC: 339978UPC: 813942010644