2007 Cousiño Macul "Antiguas Reservas" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley

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90+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Antiguas Reserva remains one of the finest Cabernet values anywhere (the price has remained unchanged for years). Fragrant black currants and blackberry aromas promise complexity with several years of additional bottle age. Nicely structured on the palate, this elegant, Bordeaux-like Cabernet will evolve for a minimum of five years and drink well through 2025. If there is anyone delivering more bang-for-the buck than Arturo Cousino and his namesake winery Cousino-Macul, I'd like to know about it. One of the first wineries from Chile to make a break-through in the USA market, over the years Cousino has continued to fine-tune his portfolio and the wines are better today than they have ever been. On my recent trip to Chile, I attended a twelve vintage vertical of the Cabernet Sauvignon Antiguas Reserva going back to 1968. The 1968 was right at its peak as was the splendid 1978, the first vintage imported to the USA. There is no reason to think that the current and other recent vintages won't age as gracefully. If I were a young collector just starting a cellar, this would be an ideal wine to lay down." (04/09) And from Tanzer's IWC: "Saturated ruby. Ripe aromas of cherry-vanilla, blackcurrant and toasty oak. Fleshy and open-knit, with subtle floral lift and velvety texture to the supple dark fruit, spice and chocolate flavors. Smooth and sweet, with good finishing cling and lingering oak spice..."

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/20/2010  | Send Email
This is classic Cabernet. No ripe, juicy, rich oak-derived vanilla flavors here. Might I suggest any number of modern Napa Valley Cabs for that experience? Instead, what you will get are aromas that show red fruit as well as an herbal quality, and similar, old school Cab flavors on the palate. Its tannins firmly grip a small portion of your inner mouth as opposed to drying out your tongue and cheeks; these are grape tannins rather than new French oak tannins. Once again, this is not rich and fruity red wine, rather a wine that beautifully complements a grilled ribeye or sirloin, now or a decade from now. For fans of Bordeaux and Cabernet from the likes of Heitz, here is a value that you will want to load up on.

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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.
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Chile

- 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14