2013 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Black Label, USA, California, Napa, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
94
Grade: 
A

An excellent wine.  Deep purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose is classic with cassis, baking spice, cedar and slight roasted herbs.  Full bodied.  On the palate, the cassis comes thru with cedar underneath.  Tannic but mellows with air.  Long finish.  This is drinking quite well and should continue to do so for another 12 to fifteen years.  It drinks great on its own and would also work with roasted brisket.  

2013 Rivers-Marie Cabernet Sauvignon Lore Vineyard, USA, California, Napa, Oakville, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2013
Score: 
98
Grade: 
A+
Current Price: 
$200.00USD

This is a single vineyard Cabernet from a Thomas Rivers Brown home winery.  Just gorgeous if a bit young.  Inky purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has blueberries, cassis, baking spice, slight asphalt and cedar.  Full bodied.  Medium tannins.  On the palate, the blueberries and cassis come thru though quite concentrated.  Underlying char and slight earthiness.  Great energy and balance.  Long finish.  Still quite young and this should get even better.  Hold (if you can) for a few more years and drink over the next 20 to 25 years.  Great on its own (with some air) or drink with so

2017 Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Cabernet Sauvignon Los Vascos Grande Réserve, Chile, Colchagua, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

Just a bit behind the 2016 version but very similar.  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose has black cherries, rosemary and slight spice.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there has a soft texture.  Light tannins.  Black cherry fruit.  This is drinking well and should continue for another five to seven years.  A nice wine on its own and would work well with most roasted chicken or duck.  

2011 Montes Alpha M, Chile, Colchagua, DO Santa Cruz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$76.00USD

This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Merlot 5%, and Petit Verdot (5%).  In Chile this qualifies as a Cabernet but in the EU it does not for example (must be 85%).  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, spice and smoke.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is ripe with good black cherry fruit.  Light tannins.  Nice acidity.  Seems to be close to peak.  Nice finish.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  Drinks well on its own, this would work well with chili con carne.  

2016 Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Carménère Los Vascos Grande Réserve

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

As good a value as the regular wine is, the Grande Reserve isn't much more expensive for a step or two more in quality.  This took about thirty minutes to open up.  Purple/ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, rosemary and slight spice.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is some depth here.  Light tannins.  Nice black cherry fruit.  Good finish.  This is drinking well and should continue for another five to seven years.  A nice wine on its own and would work well with most meat, fowl or pork dishes.  

2007 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor, Chile, Puente Alto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Nice to try this with about 14 years of age behind it.  This is still youthful.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, spice, cigar box, and slight rosemary.  Full bodied.  On the palate, cassis, slight black cherries over tobacco.  Delicious.  Light tannins.  Long finish.  This is drinking well but should easily go another twelve to fifteen years.  Drinks well on its own but will work better with food.  A steak or other grilled meats would work well.  

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.  

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