Kent’s Pick: 2014 Susana Balbo Cabernet Sauvignon $12.99

We got a screaming deal on this wine, so I figured I better try a bottle before it all gets sold!

Due to its tremendous success, I sometimes forget that Argentina grows varieties other than Malbec. There’s a lot of other wines coming from Argentina that are worth checking out, and this Cabernet Sauvignon is a prime example. The fruit for this wine is from vineyards in Mendoza that sit at over 3000 feet in elevation, with cooler nights allowing the grapes to ripen slowly, providing a balance between acidity and sugar.

This wine is unmistakably Cabernet Sauvignon, with the nose showing cassis, herbs and dark fruit. On the palate the wine is structured but soft with well integrated tannins, showing cassis, dark cherry, a touch of herbs, menthol, and just a hint of oak. If you’re looking for an excellent value in Cabernet, don’t pass this one by!