Quara Cabernet Sauvignon (2005)
Origin: Argentina (Cafayate Valley)
It's interesting that just by drinking wine you can pick up tidbits about different cultures. While my noggin previously knew very little about Argentina, I've now figured out that Argentinians must be big fans of the llama. (Hopefully this is true.) And while this is not a very deep observation, it is an observation nonetheless. In my last entry, I talked about the brand Funky Llama. Well, according to the label on this wine, Quara actually means "llama"in the ancient Incan dialect. I had no idea!
I must say that the label itself is pretty darn cool, with its modern and colorful interpretation of a llama. Even the shape of the bottle is a bit chunkier on top than the average bottle, and suggests something new and interesting. For me this brand was exactly that.
This cab really stood its own, especially considering that my friends and I didn't even give it a chance to breathe before indulging. Its smooth richness was infused with blackberry and cherry flavors, and had decent legs to boot. In any case, I think I may have found another to frequent the Argentinian aisle at the wine store.