We took the whole gang to Fogo de Chao for dinner last night. It’s the same list that I discovered Vina VIK Mila Cala and fell in love with this Chilean winery. Apparently the O Leão is produced primarily for this particular restaurant chain and is hard to find elsewhere. If you have ever had any of their wines they follow a profile…. the most obvious being fine-grained tannins and a silky smooth mouthfeel. This particular version is 49% Carmenere with 29% Cab Sav, 17% Syrah and the balance Cab Franc. It has a dense ruby color bordering on garnet with medium viscosity legs (14% ABV). Bright black fruit, baking spice, a hint of green pepper, cassis, and some red berries on the nose and palate. It’s dry with medium acidity plus their trademark medium (+) tannins that are polished to a shine. The finish of this medium to full-bodied wine is long and caressing. It was delicious with our carnivorous extravaganza as the structure held up to hearty red meat yet was gentle enough for the lighter fare we gorged on. I’m guessing a $27 retail price if you can find it. I would drink this 92 point wine till 2027. 5 Stars. Salut….
VIK ‘O Leão’ 2019, Cachapoal Valley, Chile
29 Monday May 2023