2008 Miguel Torres "Las Mulas" Cabernet Sauvignon Chile (Previously $10)

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89 points Wine Enthusiast: "A really nice and pure bargain-priced Cabernet, which is still what Chile excels at. The nose offers bold black cherry and a little rubber, while the palate is tight, pure and in great condition. Black fruit flavors with some peppery darkness is what it's all about." (09/10)

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Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/20/2010 | Send Email
The 2008 Las Mulas Cabernet Sauvignon is made from organic grapes grown in poor soils that force the vines to struggle, thus producing intensely flavored grapes. The vineyards are harvested by hand without the use of chemicals or pesticides so nothing interferes with getting the best possible grapes. The wine is also a synergy of Old and New World, with a rustic feel that permeates it from start to finish. The nose is reminiscent of Old World Bordeaux with dusty notes of red fruit and spice. On the palate the wine is elegant and poised with rounded tannins, ripe fruit and complex flavors of minerals and fruit. The wine has a soft, lingering finish that showcases its finesse and subtlety. It's the perfect daily drinker and a great food wine.

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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.