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2015 Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon Tupungato Valley

SKU #1260832 91 points Wine & Spirits

 *Best Buy* Another great value from the Bousquet family, this is made from organic grapes grown in the chalky and stony soils of Gualtallary. The high altitude shows in a subtly herbal scent, while the wine focuses on ripe red fruit and spices. This is a textbook Cabernet, with the firm acidity and a solid structure, but it's also easy to drink and ready for steak.  (4/2016)

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2016 | Send Email
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I am totally astonished at some of the wines that our Spanish/Portuguese/South American wine buyer, Joe Manekin, is finding from these locations at some astonishingly great quality levels, particularly at some astonishingly great low prices. This Gem is medium-deep ruby in color that leads to an opulent, distinctive nose of black cherry to a spicy clove-like quality. This fruit-driven quality of the same characteristics carries over nicely to a Cabernet of balance, brightness, and elegance with excellent acid structure and a silky, energetic finish. This is an astonishing Cabernet at this price point and Rusty has demanded that I bring home at least two cases of this Gem for our near-term enjoyment. AN ASTONISHINGLY GREAT VALUE!!! ***** 14.0% ABV *****
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Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/11/2016 | Send Email
I may have just found a new favorite bargain Cabernet! This lovely little Cabernet is elegant, slightly lighter in body than you might suspect from Argentina, with pretty red fruit, and soft tannins. This would be the perfect house Cabernet to enjoy with mid-week dinners, or for parties. Fairly open and accessible, this wine still shows surprising scope and depth, presenting a well-knit and seamless whole.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2016 | Send Email
This is a bright, clean, red fruited Cabernet Sauvignon, with wonderful fruit purity and terrific cut. Given its medium body and bright fruit, this is a wine that should work as nicely with grilled chicken, vegetables or pasta as it would with hamburgers or other grilled meats. It's also worth mentioning that the wine is made from 100% organically grown grapes. I would be hard pressed to think of a value Cab in our inventory that is as easy to drink and as versatile with food than the Domaine Bousquet Cabernet Sauvignon.

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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.