Casarena Naoki Malbec 2017 (91 VM)
Full medium ruby. Very savory aromas of black fruits, licorice, violet and smoky crushed-stone minerality. Delivers superb texture and concentration for young vines, with its flavors of black fruits, minerals and licorice offering excellent palate coverage without weightiness; a step up on the 2016 bottling in stuffing. Finishes quite long, with ripe, fine-grained tannins. The broadest of these three vineyard-designated ’17s, but classically dry and uncompromising in the early going. (from ten-year-old vines planted on limestone soil, which is unusual for Agrelo)
Casarena S.V Lauren Cabernet Franc 2017
Lauren’s Vineyard is located in the esteemed Agrelo district, long-known as Mendoza’s top terroir for Cabernet Franc grapes.
The name “Casarena” is a creative merging of the Spanish words “casa” (house) and “arena” (sand), and is a tribute to the sand-colored stone winery and the sandy soil that their estate is built on.