PICK of the RACK: Mascota Vineyards | Unánime | Gran Vino Tinto | Mendoza | Argentina | 2011 | $25 | 92 Points

Unanime 13 (2)

“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”

Unánime is a perennial favorite of ours this time of year, as it is a rich and savory red that serves well in transitioning into cooler fall weather. The 2011 vintage is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Malbec (25%), and Cabernet Franc (15%) sourced from high-elevation vineyards in San Carlos on the southern end of Mendoza’s Uco Valley. On the nose are suggestions of dried dark berries, sweet cured tobacco, and eucalyptus; and on the palate, nuances of muddled blackberry, dark chocolate, and dark-roast coffee bean — all interwoven with rustic accents of bourbon barrel, smoked meat, and peppery oak over a layered finish. It is a dry and full-bodied red, with firm, chewy tannins, spirited acidity, and an underpinning of earthy minerality that lends depth. It was aged for 20 months in new French oak barrels and comes across as firm, if not stern, at the moment, but shows promise for mellowing and providing much enjoyment over several years to come. Should you decide to serve it now, we recommend an hour’s (or longer) decant. Unánime is a sure bet with barbecue, and will also complement medium-to-sharp cheeses, meaty stews, tomato-based dishes, and any assortment of hearty autumn fare.

“Unánime is a classy red, offering considerable quality at a modest price.”

Availability: We found this wine at Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia, and it is available at many Total Wine stores nationwide. For availability in your area, visit Total Wine at www.totalwine.com. For more information on Mascota Vineyards, visit them virtually at www.mascotavineyards.com.

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