This Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon (actually a blend) is classified as a ‘Gran Reserva’ from the Maipo DO in the Valle Central wine region. The Gran Reserva classification is meant to denote a wine of superior quality, and, for the price, this particular product and vintage certainly merits the distinction. I purchased it at our local beer and wine store and was told, when I placed my order, that it was a very good wine. I am happy to say that the recommendation was more than just sales pitch…
- Producer: Vina Santa Rita SA (Santiago)
- Price: $18.00
- Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon 95%, Cabernet Franc 5%
- Alcohol: 14%
- Sugar: 2.3 g/L
The color is dark cherry and the nose is very aromatic with plum, blackberry and floral highlights. Beneath this, there is an dusty, forest floor quality with a hint of mushroom and straw. The body is full and silky and the effect is off dry with moderate acidity and rich, fleshy tannins. The dominant flavor is dark plum and cassis, and there is a strong oaky quality coupled with a touch of vanilla and spice. The tannins become slightly, but pleasantly astringent near the end and there is a smoky tobacco quality into the decently long finish. For the price, this is an excellent selection.