With 13% alcohol, the 2016 Santa Julia Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza, Argentina scored 16 very nice points on the Dionysian scale of 20. The wine cost under $20, is an easy drinking red with soft tannins, and has pleasant dark fruits. I’d serve it to all my wine-expert friends.

Served with a bean soup, crusty bread, and a cheese-laced salad, the Santa Julia showed its best. I’ll get more of this wine.

This wine was not decanted showing no sediment in the bottle and not so brand new as to need air to open. It did improve in the glass for a full hour.

Argentine is the place to look for excellent wine values. In Vino Veritas.