2011 Viña Quebrada "Domus Aurea" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley

SKU #1246365 96 points Wine & Spirits

 Never a day goes by that I do not feel fortunate to work with these vines,” says Jean Pascal Lacaze, referring to the Quebrada de Macul vineyard; the Peña family planted the vines in 1970 and hired Lacaze to make the wine in 2002. Just on the outskirts of Santiago, Macul is where some of the first cabernet vines were planted in Chile, in the mid-19th century. Domus reflects that history in a cabernet with more of a sense of place than most of its neighbors in the Alto Maipo. In a fresh vintage such as 2011, the herbal, minty notes and red-fruit character of the site are accentuated, the wine filled with vivid aromas that blend with earthy notes. In terms of texture, this cabernet imposes its finesse with the fine point of delicate tannins. The wine’s vibrant acidity, bound into the tannins, was fashioned by the cool vintage and the cold breezes coming down from the Andes at the Quebrada de Macul. A classic Chilean cabernet, this captures and preserves the best aspects of Andean reds.  (6/2016)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Even the 2011 Domus Aurea had been in bottle for a while, as it was bottled in March 2013, a little later than previous vintages. The process was similar to previous years, with a little longer élevage in cask, up to 18 months. The wine is really young, and the menthol, which is a constant in Domus Aurea and a character that shows when young, shows here in quite a subtle way. The wines then close up and this menthol disappears and resurfaces with time in bottle. Right now the nose is beautiful, quite primary with meaty fruit, very good ripeness and balsamic aromas; it is showy, attractive and open. The palate shows great balance and harmony, with sophisticated tannins, good freshness and acidity. This is among the top Cabernets from Chile, really superb in 2010 and 2011 -- two vintages that will be fascinating to follow and see which one is the winner in the long run. (LG)  (12/2016)

James Suckling

 A rich and fruity cab with black currant and lightly toasted oak. Medium to full body, silky tannins and a medium finish...  (7/2015)

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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2016 | Send Email
For those who enjoy some of the lighter, more structured, and more herbaceous style of Cabernet grab a bottle of this wine and then come back for more. This Cab from Chili offers up dark berry, cassis, menthol, and is balanced by plenty of acid. This is a seriously delicious cab that has characteristics of mountain fruit from California but without the pricetag.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/14/2016 | Send Email
The Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignons are unbelievable values in the world of wine. If these were produced in California, one would expect to pay north of $100. The 2011 bottling delivers classic Cab. aromas of black currant, plum, tobacco, mint, licorice, and a hint of pepper. Bold and full-bodied on the palate, the wine maintains its balance with plenty of acidity from the long, cool hang time. I was impressed with the tannin structure, as the tannins seem riper and better integrated than in the 2010 version. The palate winds down nicely into a toasty, slightly earthy finish. (Insider tip: as of this writing, we have a few bottles of 2010 left in stock. Grab some of each and fight with your friends over which vintage is better - they're both spectacular!)

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2016 | Send Email
Dense, dark Cabernet with impressive weight and viscocity, yet tannins that are velvety soft, making for a rich, vivid bottle of wine uninhibited by excessive chewiness or grit. Ripe plum, cassis, herbs, bell pepper, tobacco, and subtle florals contribute to the complex flavor profile and make this a serious wine for serious food. Perfect pairing with leaner cuts of beef; think filet mignon with herb butter.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/13/2016 | Send Email
I remember loving the 2010 vintage of this classic, Maipo Valley Cabernet, but if its possible, the 2011 is showing even better. In a year challenging for both Napa and Bordeaux, this Chilean Cabernet is a great alternative! Full, intense, and weighty, this wine is quite hefty and well-structured, but without falling into cloying sweetness, or tannic greenness. This fabulous Cabernet finds a great balance between power and refinement, intensity and candour. Try one before they are all snapped up!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/12/2016 | Send Email
If Maipo is to Chile as Napa is to California, then the Viña Quebrada could be compared to Heitz Martha's Vineyard. It's an historic vineyard, with many a mature vine. As does Martha's Vineyard, the Domus Aurea has a lovely combination of Cabernet's bright red currant intensity, a tell tale snappy green, eucalyptus vineyard stamp and very fine grained tannins. Classic Cabernet. It should age well for quite a while, so if you are a Cabernet drinker or collector, you should absolutely grab some Domus Aurea.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5