Angulo Innocenti Nonni Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Mendoza 2017

Deep ruby color; cherry, plum, red fruit, blackberry on the nose; cherry, plum, red fruits, bell pepper, blackcurrant, mint, spice, savory notes on the palate.

Angulo Innocenti Nonni Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Mendoza 2017

Dry; fine-grain tannins with some balancing acidity. Fermented in stainless steel and concrete tanks using indigenous yeast. Half the wine aged in wood for seven months, giving only hint of oak. The other half aged in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation in barrels. Medium body; smooth texture, medium-long finish; 13.5% ABV.

The winery began when Pedro Angulo and Angel Innocenti came to Argentina in the late 19th century. Pedro worked in the Basque country of Spain, Angel in Tuscany in Italy. Today, the Angulo and Innocenti families continue their family traditions. The website notes: “Alejandro Angulo and Mariano Innocenti, 3rd and 4th generation family members respectively, celebrate Pedro and Angel’s vintner past with the development of a unique terroir in La Consulta, where they source the grapes for their Angulo Innocenti wines.”

Angulo Innocenti winemakers Miguel Angel Innocenti, Alejandro Angulo, Mariano Innocenti

Mariano is cited as the proprietor on the website. The website notes: “Proprietor Mariano tried his first wine at a Sunday family lunch when he was 12 years old. His father, Miguel Angel, told him about his great-grandfathers and their immigrant winemaking roots.The seeds were planted. As Mariano grew up, he continued to cultivate his interest in wine, and his dream to celebrate his great-grandfathers with a family winemaking project.

“In 2001, Mariano took the first step toward realizing his dream with the purchase of the family vineyard, Finca Piedras Blancas, which was then planted in 2004.

“Mariano and his uncle, Alejandro, chose La Consulta for its rich heritage and long tradition as Mendoza’s premier region for Malbec, dating back to the early 20th century. The 284 acre property is planted primarily to Malbec (123 acres), with Cabernet Sauvignon (49 acres,) and smaller amounts of Syrah, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Franc.
In 2010, Mariano was able to take another important step in the realization of his dream—to make a wine that would carry his family’s name.”

Angulo Innocenti Nonni Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Grown, Mendoza 2017 medium-bold, medium tannins, medium acidity. Solid, straightforward Mendoza cab. Lacks layers of complexity/depth, but excellent QPR (quality-price ratio). Very serviceable. If no superlatives, also no negatives. Solid everyday cab. Pair with beef; grilled steak; prime rib; barbecue; meatloaf; hamburgers and sliders; pizza and red sauce/meat pasta; lamb; poultry; hard cheeses. Its simplicity and reserved tannin and oak make it versatile. $12-17

Angulo Innocenti website; check out the landing page video

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Angulo Innocenti vineyard
Angulo Innocenti drip irrigation
Angulo Innocenti harvest
Mariano Innocenti at harvest