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Review of Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Photo by Kathryn Lyon

Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 is a medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon with soft, fairly well integrated tannins. A dark ruby to garnet color, it has smooth currant and red berry flavors and an understated earthy aroma.

This is a fairly standard Cabernet Sauvignon, and as such pairs well with dishes which have strong flavors. Too bold to sip on its own, it pairs well with a sharp cheddar cheese as well as a dark chocolate. Avoid hot chili pepper flavors and strong blue cheeses, as these flavors will compete too much with the flavors of Cabernet Sauvignon.

Cabernet Sauvignon is usually paired with red meat entrees; however, this wine could pair well with a lighter dish provided that some bold flavors are used. For example, fresh cracked black pepper features prominently in this recipe for Cracked Black Pepper Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Zucchini from The Barrel Room. Black pepper can reduce the taste of the tannins in Cabernet Sauvignon, making it an ideal way to pair this bold wine with a lighter dish.

Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon is produced by Vina San Pedro S.A. from Molina, Chile. Chile is considered a “New World” wine country, as are all countries outside Europe, and Vina San Pedro has been producing wines there for 145 years. The Gato Negro brand was introduced in the early 1960s, starting with red wines, and white wines were introduced in 1975. The winery has more than a dozen farms across Chile, and their Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are farmed at two different locations: Maipo, which is known as the historical center of Chilean wine-making, and the Aconcagua valley, which features Mediterranean-type weather.

Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 received the NOFFLA New World Red under €8 2009 Gold Star Award, which is an award given by the National Off-License Association. NOFFLA represents outlets which sell alcohol to be consumed off premises in Ireland, and has been bestowing wine awards in various categories since 2007. Additional information about Gato Negro wines can be found at the Vina San Pedro website. Gato Negro wines can be found locally at Market Basket, and are usually available at 2/$12.

Summary: Good budget wine, but don't save it for tomorrow.

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