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Colossal Value: 95-Point, Sub-$16 “Smart and Polished” Cab - 01/16/2018 - Chile

Tracking down value priced Cab is a challenging task, as the path is fraught with countless pitfalls and snares. This is why when we come across a shining beacon such as the 95-Point, 2015 Chateau Los Boldos "Grande Reserve,” we don’t hesitate to go long. This supercharged effort from Chile’s Cachapoal Valley has blockbuster written all over it, which makes its sub-$16 price all the more remarkable. When a Cab climbs into the 95 point range, a premium price of over $40 has become the norm. Thankfully there are still values to be had, with Chile and Argentina increasingly cornering this market over the past decade. Showing excellent focus and precision despite its forward and power-driven delivery, it’s the kind of Cab that will charm just about any wine drinker. As the critical and staff reviews below will attest, this 2015 draws one in with vibrant fruit flavors of cassis, plum, wild berries and more. While the fruit takes center stage, there’s no mistaking the well placed touches of spice and herb. From beginning to end, the Los Boldos "Grande Reserve" is precisely what Cab lovers look for. Given the excellent price, it is well worth considering a case purchase.

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2015 Chateau Los Boldos "Grande Reserve" Cachapoal Valley Cabernet Sauvignon ($15.99)

95 points Decanter: "2017 Decanter Gold Medal Winner World Wine Awards. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting notes: Liquorice and baked cherries notes with some salty feel. Fresh and elegant cassis, spearmint and black fruit palate. Smart and polished Cabernet Sauvignon. People will like it !" (07/2017)

92 points James Suckling: "A juicy and fruity wine with plum and sweet tobacco character. Medium to full body, ripe and flavorful with a lovely balance of flower and cedar. Needs a year or two to soften." (05/2017)

90 points Wine Spectator: "Polished and rich-tasting, with dark plum, cherry tart and chocolate mousse flavors that are well-proportioned. Medium-grained tannins show on the finish, with dried blackberry and green olive notes. (KM)" (07/2017)

Staff ImageKirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

A charming bright Cabernet nose with lifted red berries and a wisp of leather and earth. It is medium bodied with slightly darker fruits than the nose would suggest. It has sneaky tannins that are polished and is lightly oaked. This is an everyday cab that is not simple and very charming.

Staff ImageGreg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

The nose is full of green olive, barrel spice and cassis, it gives one the sense of a powerful statement. On the palate I was surprised by the wines' balance, it has richness but excellent lift and focus with just a hint of tannins. The finish is classic Cabernet leaving a lasting flavor reemphasizing the cassis and barrel spice, quite a Chilean value.

Staff ImageAlex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: January 02, 2018

I love this wine! It has everything I look for: depth, precision, balance, complexity and most importantly it tastes really good. Chile is one of the many regions around the world where you get great bang for your buck and the 2015 Chateau Los Boldos Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect example. A suave nose of mint, earth and dried herbs deftly gives way to a palate that just oozes gorgeous dark berry fruit, spice, subtle mocha notes and a touch of earth and herbs. This is a wonderful, food friendly Cabernet Sauvignon that totally over delivers given its modest price.