2015 Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley (Previously $15)

SKU #1342674 91 points James Suckling

 A juicy and fruity wine with blackberry, plum and ripe fruit. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. Fruit-forward style.  (5/2017)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The volume of the winery corresponds to the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, which in some countries is also labeled as "Reserva" but is the same wine. This is a light, ruby-colored style that, according to Ghislain de Gondolfier, has exactly the taste they want, with a light earthy touch and a little more austere than the majority of new world Cabernet Sauvignon. Of course, this wine had always had the input of Paul Pontallier from Bordeaux. What I like here is that this has very good freshness and a kind of brightness of fruit, red rather than black. It's soft and balanced, with very fine tannins. In reality this contains some 10% Syrah, which adds length and mouthfeel. You can bite into it. Affordable, elegant and powerful. It's very good. (LG)  (4/2017)

K&L Notes

A partnership between a few famous Bordelais with deep expertise in winery management, Aquitania references the historic southwestern French region of Aquitaine, whose history ties closely to that of of wine and - in particular, Bordeaux. Bruno Prats (famous for his management of Cos d'Estournel), Paul Pontellier (Pontet-Canet) and Ghislaine Gondolfier (Champagne Bollinger) have joined forces here in a prime Cabernet growing region of Chile, creating this lovely, French influenced wine.

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Staff Image By: Muriel Sarik | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/29/2018 | Send Email
I really like this wine. I haven't been this impressed with a cab under $20 in a very long time. It's a perfect union of New and Old world Cabernet. It's got the fruit and spice of New world with the structure and mouthfeel of Old world. I still can't believe it is only $14.99

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/28/2018 | Send Email
Alto Maipo might be the bridge that connects the structure, presence and poise of left bank of Bordeaux to the ripe and pure fruit of the West coast of the Americas. I can smell and taste that connection, I will let the physcist try to explain how this particular is made and maintained, (and don't cop out with Bordeaux train French enologist and that the vineyards are in Chile, that is not fun and too easy!) This has ripe high-toned red Cabernet fruit, think Pauillac or Spring Mountain, and a savory mountain scrub/herbal note. The wine is dry, French dry not CA dry with a slight edginess to the tannins but with a nice finish for red fruit and dusty earthy tannins. This is dinner wine, not a cocktail wine, and it requires 30 mins or more in a decanter to really open up and show you what it is all about. A good wine, a great bridge from the new world to the old.

Staff Image By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2018 | Send Email
This is a Chilean Cabernet with some serious character! From first pour, the Aquitania gives indication of It's uniqueness: light in color and extraction, with more red and garnet hues than dark ones. Bracing, sharp aromas of roasted pablano and shishito pepper seem to leap from the glass, nestled in a cloud of stewed strawberry and all spice. The bone dry palate is Chilean Cab through and through, with light but firm tannin, and slightly gamey flavors of lightly smoked meat, dried red currant, paprika, cayenne and dusty cocoa powder.

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/22/2018 | Send Email
This is a great value in Cabernet from any region. Indeed, some identifiably Chilean bell pepper and sweet tobacco are present on the nose and palate, but it's all wrapped up in big, beautiful Cab fruit including black cherry, black raspberry, cassis, and some subtle cocoa. Superb wine, especially for the price.

Staff Image By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2018 | Send Email
I find this wine to be a great middle ground between the richer, softer Cabs of California and the savory, structured ones of Bordeaux. The bright fruit notes really stand out in this Cabernet and the accompaniment of some herbal and gravely notes balance it out beautifully. It doesn't exhibit too much heft, instead tending toward the easy drinking, juicy red fruit style. Super tasty and an easy choice for the price.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/6/2018 | Send Email
Alto Maipo, the highly coveted portion of Chile's most important Cabernet growing region, is generally a source of fruit for Cabs that retail for upwards of $30, often times going for multiples of that price point. There is definitely something to be said for the alluvial, gravelly soil and relatively higher elevation that this sub-zone is famous for; it makes wonderful Cabernet. The Aquitania has delicious fruit expression, though what stands out most for me are actually the aromatics, red fruited and rather subtly leafy, with hints of black currant as well. Coupled with an elegant and persistent palate, this is what well made Cabernet based wine is all about.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14