2011 Haras de Pirque "Hussonet" Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva Maipo Valley

SKU #1250630 95 points James Suckling

 A classy cabernet with mint, walnut, spearmint and black currant character. Full body, solid core of fruit and lots of polished tannins that gives the wine form. A red made by the great Italian winemaking family of Antinori. Better in 2017.  (7/2015)

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Price: $9.99
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By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2016 | Send Email
This is an almost unbelievable price for this bottle of wine. Classic Cab characteristics of bell pepper, currants, and ripe plum are all present and are matched by hints of mint and oak. The wine has a fairly soft texture with some long tannins finishing it off. A big full bodied Cab like this calls for grilled meats and is easy to stock up on for the summer.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2016 | Send Email
If you're looking for a value Cabernet with classic varietal character, look no further. Aromas of blackberry, roasted plum, black currant, and green bell pepper let you know it's well-made Cabernet Sauvignon. On the palate, the fruit is confirmed in this medium + bodied red, while there is the addition of slightly earthy/savory notes. The structure and soft oak on the finish begs for red meat. Grab a case and some steaks, and you have the makings of a great BBQ. Can the price be real?

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2016 | Send Email
Aromatically shows a sense of place as a Chilean Cab with blue and black fruit, a bit of mint, and bell pepper. The palate is soft and vibrant with lively acidity, mouthwatering black cherry, a savory note, and a fine-grain tannic structure that has some of that Bordeaux-like chalkiness. At five years on, this Cabernet is at the very beginning of its drinking window. It's very difficult to recommend cellaring at this kind of price point, but if you can squirrel away a case or two it'll go the distance without issue. Otherwise, decant for a few hours, or just don't worry about it because at this pricepoint you don't have to!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/4/2016 | Send Email
Wow--this wine shows very open fruit right out of the bottle, with deep aromas of blueberry, blackberry and cedar. On the palate it is full bodied, with good structure and some earthy spice. As it opens, the wine integrates quite well and the boldness of the fruit comes into balance with the tannin structure and oak influence. Well worth the price!

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2016 | Send Email
This is a deceptively priced bottle of Cabernet. A 100% Maipo Valley Cab, it opens with straightforward mixed fruit aromas punctuated by green herbaceous notes. I encourage you to approach this one with a skeptical eye. At first glance, a straight ahead Chilean Cab, the aromatics open to reveal charred poblano, freshly ground black pepper, licorice and black currant confit. A similar opening occurs on the palate, which shows deeply pitched black fruits, some scruffy savory notes, and a length and supple tannin quality which suggests a more serious (and seriously priced) Cabernet! For under $10 this is an absolute steal.

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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