2012 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Valley

SKU #1249535 92 points Decanter

 Colchagua reds tend to be generous in ripeness and opulent in body, but Calcu takes another direction. This is crunchy and filled with nervy acidity, the red fruit flavors are seductively refreshing, showing a lovely intensity.  (3/2015)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is a serious, ripe and fresh, balanced and restrained Cabernet, with aromas of black fruit, some soil undertones and noticeable spiciness. A balanced wine with some meaty flavors, it is juicy and lively, intense and round. A very good Cabernet. (LG)  (6/2014)

K&L Notes

Viña Maquis is one of the leaders in Chile's Colchagua Valley, an area with warm, Mediterranean climactic influences plus the cooling benefits of being near the foothills of the Andes mountains. At Viña Maquis, the aim is fresher wines that are a bit lower in alcohol and extraction than some, yet still show delicious, crunchy fruit and varietal typicity. Big aromas of plum confit and dark cherries lead to a genuinely structured palate. Fruit and tannins are well balanced and present themselves in a way that results in a deliciously dry expression of Cabernet. With a bit of pleasant grit showing in the texture of the wine, this is wonderfully honest, pitch-perfect Cab that tastes a whole lot more expensive than its price.

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By: Steve Bearden | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2016 | Send Email
There is discreet ripeness to the dark flavors and restrained structure to the body of this well-made and surprisingly serious and affordable Cabernet. The baked plum and black cherry fruit show purity, sweetness, spice and uplifting acidity where the fine tannins add length to the finish. This drinks well above its price.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/23/2016 | Send Email
Big aromas of plum confit and dark cherries lead to a genuinely structured palate. Fruit and tannins are well balanced and present themselves in a way that results in a deliciously dry expression of Cabernet. With a bit of pleasant grit showing in the texture of the wine, this is wonderfully honest, pitch perfect Cab that tastes a whole lot more expensive than its 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 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.
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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