2016 Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva de Familia, Chile, Maipo, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

And, yet another really solid, under $20 Cabernet from Chile.  Purple in color.  The nose has black cherries, spice and slight rosemary.  On the palate, this has some sweetness to.  Perhaps some slight residual sugar or just ripe fruit.  With air that quality integrates a bit.  Firm tannins.  Cherry and black cherry fruit.  This drinks nicely on its own but would work with roasted fowl.  Drink over the next five years.  

2017 Errazuriz Cabernet Sauvignon Max Reserva, Chile, Aconcagua, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

One of the things Chile does well is making under $20 Cabernets that deliver for the price point.  This is another one.  It was very tight on opening but with about an hour of air, it got where it was going.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is tight but then shows black cherries, spice and a slight roasted herb note.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this has a nice texture.  Black cherry fruit.  This drinks easy with no tannins.  Good balance.  Nice finish.  Drink over the next three to five years.  It drinks well on its own and will work with brisket or other fatty meat

2016 Cousiño-Macul Cabernet Sauvignon Dama de Plata, Chile, Maipo Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

Purple in color, ruby at the rim.  The nose has a lot of Christmas spices on it with a bit of black cherry fruit.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there are firm tannins.  Solid black cherry fruit.  This got better with a bit of air.  Nice balance.  Another very good un der $20 value wine from Chile.  Drink over the next five years.  This drinks well on its own and would work nice with a burger or ribs off the grill.  

2018 Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Cabernet Sauvignon Los Vascos, Chile, Colchagua, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
86
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$9.00USD

We drank two bottles of this, blind and side by side, with consistent results.  One purchased in Washington D.C and one purchased in Cleveland, Ohio.  There wasn't a lot of bottle variation.  This wine is a great value in an easy drinking red.  Deep ruby in color, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, smoke, maybe a hint of rosemary.  Drinking nicely with no tannins.  A good wine for a large party or BBQ.  Drink over the next couple of years.  This will work well with a burger and drinks fine on its own.  

2018 Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Gran Reserva, Chile, Central Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$22.00USD

This is a Bordeaux styled blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Carmenere, 11% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc from Chile.  It is also a very nice value for the quality.  Purple at the core with a ruby rim, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose is tight but opens up to cassis, coffee and spice.  Nothing green on the nose.  On the palate, black cherries, cassis, smoke and fresh tobacco.  Medium tannins.  Softer texture.  This is surprisingly open right from the start.  There is a nice complexity.  It drinks easily now and should continue for the next ten to twelve years.  A nice m

2018 Baron Philippe de Rothschild Cabernet Sauvignon Escudo Rojo, Chile, Maipo Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

This is a great value wine from Chile.  The name Escudo Rojo is a literal Spanish translation of the Rothschild name.  Purple/ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, with slight wintergreen and rosemary.  Classic Chilean Cabernet notes.  Full bodied with big fruit.  On the palate, the cassis comes thru along with smoke and some black cherries.  Firm tannins.  Some depth.  This may improve a bit, it needs a few more years to develop to reach peak, and should drink well for the next seven to ten years.  Hard to find a better Cab for under $20.  

2016 Montes Purple Angel, Chile, Colchagua Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
93
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$75.00USD

This is 92% Carmenère with 8% Petit Verdot from Chile.  It is a very interesting blend.  Purple in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, coffee, slight dark chocolate.  Full bodied.  On the palate, this is big and on the wilder side.  Flavors of black cherries with underlying gravel and also some chocolate.  It is delicious but rough on the throat (not smooth).  Long finish.  It will interesting to watch this mature although for those who enjoy a bit of a wilder ride, it is probably best drunk over the next five to seven years.  It will smooth out with proper cellar

2013 Viña Quebrada de Macul Cabernet Sauvignon Domus Aurea, Chile, Maipo Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A
Current Price: 
$70.00USD

This is a higher end wine from Chile.  It took about an hour to start firing and then kept improving.  Very "new world".  It is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc.  The wine is deep ruby with a purple core.  On the nose, this is big with black cherries, tobacco, roasted herbs and slight dried cherry and dried floral notes.  Full bodied with medium tannins.  Big ripe/sweet fruit on the palate.  Cherries and black cherries.  There is a nice depth with tight layering.  An almost syrupy note.  Luckily, there is depth and good acidity to keep the

2016 Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Cabernet Sauvignon Los Vascos Grande Réserve Chile, Colchagua Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
87
Grade: 
B
Current Price: 
$14.00USD

This was $20 locally but can be found for less in other parts of the world.  It took about 20 to 30 minutes to open up.  Deep ruby in color, lighter at the rim.  The nose has black cherries, bell pepper and very smoky.  On the palate, this is medium bodied.  Light tannins.  Cherries turning slightly bitter on the finish.  A slight streak of Rosemary.  I don't drink a lot from Chile, but I am told that 2016 was a difficult vintage.  After the initial 20 minutes, this didn't change much.  It is a decent value for near term drinking.  It probably won't go more than five years.  A nice enough w

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