Wait, wait, wait. Pretty great! That pretty much summarizes the Casarena Reserva 2011 Cabernet. It is made from 82-year-old vines and the mature vines show: this is a rich, plush Cabernet with a nose of prune, blackberry, coffee and toast. But, like a bad first date, this wine doesn’t show-off much on the first day. When it finally emerged from a self-imposed exile on the 2nd and 3rd days, some really lovely characteristics began to show.
The palate was very soft, ripe, and supple. This does not drink like a typical Cabernet Sauvignon, typical of the South American Cabs. Instead of complexity, it is plush and lush: Medium-dark ruby; sleek, glossy, good legs. Nice aroma of vanilla bean and white pepper, with some nice lingering fruit in the finish.
By the 4th day (yes, I waited that long to finish the bottle) it continued to drink very nicely – long legs and long life! I found that I had to wait, but this wine came through. Decanting is a must and a second date is highly recommended. For the price, this wine offers a lot, but not early.
Note: The pricing suggests that Costco may be phasing out this wine. The early birds will likely be the only ones get this wine. Happy hunting.
– Review by Michael S
Rating: 90 (for value)
Costco Item #: 712496
Purchased at Costco in: San Diego, California