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2018 Zaha Toko Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

a bottle and a glass of wine

December 15, 2021

How fitting is it that the first wine we feature is listed on Wine Spectator's Top 100 Wines of 2021?

This cabernet is produced with grapes from the Toko Vineyard in Paraje Altamira in Mendoza.  The high elevation of this region (over 4,000 ft) produces cool daytime temperatures which develop grapes that produce dark fruit and herbal characteristics.  The cold nights result in nice acidity, which makes this wine perfect for pairing.

Bodega Teho is a small wine growing project that focuses on limited batch wines  that reflect the unique characteristics of the vineyard.   It is the project of winemakers  Alejandro Sejanovich and Jeff Mausbach.

Zaha means "heart" which refers to the "heart" of the Paraje Altamira region.  Toko means "stone" referring to the rocky soil that helps to add a bit of minerality to the wine.

Upon swirling my glass, I picked up a very lovely nose of dark fruit, herbs, and a bit of leather and oak.  The wine is a light garnet color.

On the palate, I found the wine very well balanced.  A bit of dark cherry gives away to darker almost blackberry fruit notes.  It has a nice hint of herb and chocolate.  I picked up a bit of minerality and a healthy dose of acidity on the finish that sits nicely with some well structured, firm tannin.

This is definitely a wine to enjoy with a friend over a nice conversation and then dinner, or with a group of friends.   Pair this wine with Chef Bruno's Empanadas Criollo, Beef Pabellon Plate, or Choripan Sandwich.

- Robert Kaster

Producer: Bodega Teho

Region: Paraje Altamira, Mendoza, Argentina

Vineyard: Toko

Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage: 2018

Aged: 14 Months in used French Oak

Alcohol: 13.9%

Body: Medium

Awards: 91 Points, Wine Spectator, Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines 2021, 4.1/5 Vivino

Why we added it to our list: This is a beautifully complex, but not overpowering cabernet.  It fits nicely with our larger set of winter cabernets.