$15, $90, 5 stars, cabernert franc, cabernet sauvignon, cachapoal valley, carmenere, chile, syrah
This is the entry level cuveé from this excellent winemaker. A Cabernet Sauvignon blend which includes Carménère, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Medium ruby colored it also has a bluish edge. At 14.2% ABV it shows off very thin, slow moving legs. On the nose I get ripe blackberry, plum, white and green pepper, baking spices, vanilla and violets. The palate has medium (-) acidity (remember the blue hue?), medium tannins that are very smooth and a medium body. The flavors are very rich- ripe blackberry and black plum dominate but I get the oak nuance of baking spice and vanilla. The varietal influence from the Carménère and Franc show off some green pepper whilst the Syrah is offering up some white pepper. The finish is medium length and delightful. For $15 this 91 point wine is a must-have to drink till 2026 with grilled meats or hearty pasta dishes. 5 stars from me, time to stock up. Salut….