2010 Viña Quebrada "Domus Aurea" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley

SKU #1238689 96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Winemaker Jean-Pascal Lacaze went as far as telling me that 2010 could be a too perfect vintage for Domus Aurea, and the wine does not display the wild character usually identified with it. Let me tell you, for me the wine is simply fantastic. The 2010 Domus Aurea comes from an almost perfect vintage for Maipo that translated into wines with a long aging potential. The wine is always Cabernet-based but contains some 15% other Bordeaux grapes, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Merlot from their vineyards panted in the 1970s. The nose is subtle, still very young for a wine that has been in bottle for a while; it's not primary but it has not yet developed tertiary arms, there are just bare hints of complexity and development, all of it in a very subtle way, much more elegant and controlled than other vintages. But if the nose is elegant, it is in the palate where you perceive the class of this wine, where everything fits perfectly like in a Swiss watch -- precise, harmonious but at the same time vibrant and deep. It has great freshness. This has the components and the balance to have a long and positive evolution in bottle. I need to taste all of the vintages together (one day...), but so far, this is my favorite vintage ever. At this price level, it has to be one of the cheapest great wines in the world. Super! 25,605 bottles produced. It was bottled in January 2012. (LG)  (12/2015)

92 points James Suckling

 Fascinating aromas of green chili and dark fruits with hints of black licorice. Full body, silky tannins and a beautiful finish. This really makes you want to drink it.  (8/2014)

91 points Vinous

 Inky ruby. Explosive smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of cherry compote, cassis and pipe tobacco, with a hint of violet in the background. Juicy, concentrated and nicely focused, with bitter cherry and dark berry flavors spreading out nicely with air. Closes sweet and long, with slow-building tannins that meld smoothly into the wine's plush fruit. (JR)  (5/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This is filled with ripe and well-extracted flavors of Christmas pudding, black fig and toffee. Dense midpalate, with chocolate nuances and a long, spicy finish that features plenty of smoke and minty notes. (KM)  (3/2015)

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Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2016 | Send Email
Totally distinct and showing amazing depth, the Domus Aurea is an intense, full-bodied Cab that wears its weight with elegance and class. The nose displays a handsome fragrance of roasted almonds and vanilla. It has plenty of backbone, with well-integrated tannins, and displays a delicious mid-palate of black fruit, dark chocolate, smoke and herbs. Stack this dark horse up against any $100 Napa Cab...you won't be disappointed. Super recommended!

Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/5/2016 | Send Email
Wow! The herbaceous and green pepper notes leap from the glass of this bold, Chilean Cabernet. If you are a fan of varietally correct Cabernet Sauvignon, you need to buy this wine. The smoky, dark fruit and spice notes show how unique and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon can be from this region. The acid and structure suggest that this wine will age very well. Buy some to try now and some to lay down. You won't be disappointed.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/1/2016 | Send Email
This is one of the more powerful Cabernets I have had lately. Bold aromas of ripe black fruits and mint dominate. On the palate it is all classic Cabernet, but again displaying far more intensity of flavors than found either in France or California. There is a strong earthy spice that lingers on the finish, and a definite sense of terroir.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2016 | Send Email
Whoa, the review does not lie...this is serious Cab! It's a very Maipo style, from nicely mature vines, which means that in its intense, almost pungent, slightly smoky and savory style there are echos of Heitz Martha's, Leeuwin Art Series, and other collectible, age-worthy Cabs of similarly strong personality. There is a comparable level of concentration and intensity, as well as fine tannin structure and length. This is downright impressive Cabernet for the Cab fan, a whole lot of wine for the money and a prime candidate to wow your wine drinking friends.

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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 M├ędoc 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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5