2007 Koyle Royale Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua

SKU #1058637

92 points from the Wine Enthusiast: "After the Undurraga family sold off their eponymous family winery, the younger generation started Koyle with CS and Syrah. This is their best wine of the inaugural release. It’s dark, deep, piercing and perfumed, with fine tobacco and berry fruit aromas and flavors. Oak is well applied; the fruit intense and pure. Only the young, tough tannins need to be resolved. Best in 2011." (5/1/2010) Produced from fruit in the cooler Alto Colchagua sub-zone of the Colchagua valley, this cab blend offers up a wonderful nose of cassis and some red fruit, which leads to a fresh, fruit forward, and very complete tasting palate impression. There is some malbec and carmenere blended into this wine which surely adds to the complexity, and satisfying range of flavors. Also, a thoughtful elevage of 18 months in French oak (50% new, 30% 2nd use, 20% 3rd use) adds complexity to the wine without detracting from the freshness and brightness of the fruit. This is just a really well done cab and a whole lot of wine for the money.

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/16/2010 | Send Email
The Colchagua Valley has released some of the most polished, virtuous Chilean Cabernets over the last decade, and the inaugural wine of Koyle from fifth-generation winemaker Cristóbal Undurraga is an uncompromising, serious-minded creation. Selected from careful hand-picked grapes, aged for 18 months in French oak, it is an expressive and full-bodied Chilean cabernet, blended with small amounts of Malbec and Carmenére, laden with aromas of cassis, cedar and vanilla, a wine capable of aging well for a decade, quite powerful and complex enough to compete with and defeat most domestic Cabernets at twice its price.
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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.