2010 Cousiño Macul "Antiguas Reservas" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley

SKU #1126635 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon has a well-defined, slightly herbaceous bouquet with touches of cured meat, ash and cedar. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, fine acidity and an austere, masculine, saline finish. Drink 2013-2016. I visited Cousino Macul on my first day in Chile, the original winery located in Santiago’s Macul district, virtually within the outer suburbs a la Bordeaux’s Haut Brion. It was founded in 1856, though vines are said to have cultivated on the site since the 16th century. The Cousino family imported vines from Europe in 1863. In 1990, the family expanded with an acquisition of another 300 hectares of land and constructed a new winery in Buin. There is a sense of stately grandeur to Cousino Macul, the family house furnished in an ornate European style interpolated with the occasional nod towards the Mediterranean.  (12/ 2012)

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By: Keith Mabry |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/9/2013  | Send Email
I don't usually go out of my way to recommend Cab from Chile, but Cousino Macul consistently produces a solid rendition for a very fair price. Classic notes of black currants, roasted plum, a hint of green tobacco and a touch of sweet roasted tomato. This is clean and fresh and better than just about any other cab from any other region at this 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.
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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