Beautiful Dark Crimson with ruby rim. This wine is a densely packed smorgasbord of smoky cassis and menthol. The structure is rich and fruity, yet balanced with an unapologetic menthol/mint component that is seamlessly integrated into the wine. With a strong aromatic voice and dynamite mouthfeel, this wine boasts a long, unique finish.
Cassis, Earth, Mint, Oak
Appellation: Maipo Valley 100%
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Alcohol by volume: 14.9%
Drink/Hold: Now and through 2017
A very unique (in this day and age) Cabernet experience. Sourced from a spectacular winery estate in the Maipo Valley (who produced some of the best wine we tasted in Chile), this wine has about two years in bottle and was purchased as a shiner (bottled wine, no label). Meticulously hand-crafted to reflect the gravelly, rocky, loamy soils from whence it sprang, this Cabernet is a brash and bold statement about the craft of Chilean winemaking. What Napa has worked so hard to eliminate in much of their wine, the Chilean's have embraced with the end result being a vastly more interesting wine. With a strong aromatic voice and dynamite mouthfeel, this wine is as it should be and it is delicious.
This is a full throated cab, make no mistake it's fullness grabs you the moment you taste it. I found that if you decant it for about 20 minutes, the mint somewhat dissipates--still there, but minimal. This is an outrageous bargain at the price, & if you can get it on sale, so much the better. For Cab lovers, this is a steal.
Posted by:wilbur from Barrington, NH On: 12/14/12
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
I have to disagree with the two 'negative' reviews here. There is something about Chilean Cabernet that is fascinating, and this wine has it in spades. If you don't like the style you might not like this, but if you do its an outrageous value. Onto my 2nd case. Minty, powerful, generous, with great oak treatment (but not over-the-top). For the price this is a steal!
Posted by:Watchguy from Southeast On: 12/14/12
No, I would not recommend this to a friend
I was very disappointed in this wine, which has been on the site for quite a while. The overwhelming smell and taste of mint ruins the experience. This is the first Chilian wine I have tasted that is this bad. I tried every decanting method, but the mint just wouldn't decrease. I cannot recommend this wine.
Posted by:Jessica On: 10/15/12
This wine rocks
I thought Chile was some random country! The wine is awesome. Totally recommend. Aromas of petrol and black earth. I want to visit Santiago!
Posted by:Richard On: 9/27/12
This is one wine you'll remember. Intense and rich. I enjoyed it immensely!