Tag: Cabernet Sauvignon

Errazuriz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Errazuriz Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon is another selection from the wine and beer store recently opened here in Iqaluit (and the very first in the whole territory). The range of wines available isn’t huge but, some of them, as is the case with this one, are pretty decent…

  • Winery: Vina Errazuriz SA
  • Price: $13.55 CDN
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Sugar: 2.4 g/L

This wine is a very dark almost inky ruby in color and has a vibrantly fruity nose with strong raspberry up front, along with a faint hint of vanilla. It is off-dry with mild acidity and smooth tannins that only become pronounced at the end. The fruit is less vibrant in the mouth than on the nose and there is a vegetal quality and some peppery spice. Plum comes through more strongly than the raspberry and there are oaky notes just near the end. The beginning is very nice but it does not round out as well as expected and the finish is a bit short. Of note, though I sampled this a second time the following day with a supper of spicy squid rings. The wine did not overwhelm the squid at all and the squid allowed for a very interesting blackcurrant component to come through that was not apparent before.It isn’t exactly a great wine but still worth buying to have on hand for those who like robust, rather rustic reds.

Gato Negro Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Gato Negro

Well folks, this is the very first wine review I have attempted here at Sybaritica. I am going to be tweaking the format a little as I go, so I would appreciate any suggestions you might have to offer.

Anyway, today’s selection is a Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, and the pertinent details are as follows:

  • Winery: Vina San Pedro Tarapaca SA
  • Region: Valle Central,  (Valle del Maule Subregion)
  • Price: $9.45 CDN
  • Alcohol: 13%
  • Sugar: 5.0 g/L

As you can see, I have given this wine a 5 star rating. I don’t expect this to be a common rating in my reviews and, as we shall see anon, this particular rating is somewhat qualified… Now, on to the review:

The color of the wine is a very dark, purple red, and it is fairly full bodied with a smooth, but not quite velvety texture. The nose immediately strikes you with a generic red berry fruitiness that quickly develops a deep blackcurrant quality, and there are some floral highlights and a background  vegetal quality that expresses itself most with a slightly sharp hint of stinging nettles.

The overall effect is off-dry, with moderate acidity, and tannins that are largely smooth throughout, but which produce a mild astringent effect near the end. On the palate, blackcurrant definitely dominates, but what I liked best about this wine was a fruity tang near the end that was very reminiscent of the wine-gum candies I used to love as a kid. There is a little spice component, that complements the candied wine-gum quality, and also, lurking in the mix, a very faint touch of licorice.

It is not a classically ‘great’ wine, by any means… the finish is a bit short and a rustic roughness makes it difficult to qualify it as well-rounded, but it is eminently drinkable, and, when you factor in the very low price, I would raise it from a four to a (qualified) five star rating. as being something I would buy to have on hand.