Estancia Los Cardones Anko Cabernet Sauvignon Flor de Cardon
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Salta is a land of extremes which makes for powerful, structured wines with a savory minerality.
- Anko Cabernet is a flavorful focused Argentinian red.
Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Elaboration: The Flor de Cardon Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the Tolombon district of Salta, the northernmost winemaking province of Argentina. Located just south of the town of Cafayate, Estancia Los Cardones is located at 5,700’ elevation, high on the eastern slope of the Valle de Calchaquies. Elaboration in a conical steel tank with 10 days of cold film maceration at 7 C. Fermentation with natural yeast at a maximum temperature of 22 C for 8 days. Pumps of the hat once a day. Post fermentation maceration for 3 days. 10 months in third-use French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Currant, lemon-zest, peppercorn, cocoa and gravel aromas. It’s medium-bodied with sleek, fine tannins and fresh acidity. Flavorful and focused. Drink or hold. A red wine with a fresh character, with notes of flowers and herbs.
2018 – 93 James Suckling | 90 Wine Spectator
2019 – 92 James Suckling
Established in 2008 by Fernando Saavedra Jr and his father, Estancia Los Cardones is home to Anko wines. Together these partners, Catena alumni Jeff Mausbach and celebrated winemaker Alejandro (Colo) Sejanovich, realized their dream to create a boutique winery in their native Salta. The name Estancia Los Cardones pays tribute to the giant cacti – Cardones in the region. The name Anko means “High Water” in the native Indian language (Quechan) of Salta, located in the northwest corner of Argentina.
Due to its location high on the eastern slopes, the soil profile of Estancia Los Cardones is unique in Salta – a very shallow, vey rocky soil with abundant splintered shale on the surface. “Salta is a land of extremes—extreme beauty, extreme altitude, extreme sunlight. These extremes make for powerful, structured wines with savory minerality that are very different from other regions in Argentina.” ~ Winemaker, Jeff Mausbach