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2017 Clos de Luz "Massal 1945" Cabernet Sauvignon Rapel Valley

SKU #1443340 91 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Bold blackberries and attractive cedary-oak influence deliver all-round appeal here. The palate has a bold, juicy and succulent feel. Lots of energy at the finish. Drink now. Inner quote mark (4/2019)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 91+ I was able to taste the 2017 Massal 1945 Cabernet Sauvignon next to the 2018 and compare these two vintages that had very different climate conditions. 2017 was warm and dry and saw one of the hottest summers ever, which resulted in a very early harvest and lower yields. The wine fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in well-seasoned 300-liter oak barrels and one 7,000-liter oak foudre for 12 months. It is quite fresh, balanced and varietal, quite surprising for the conditions of the year. In fact, it feels a bit leaner than the 2018 I tasted next to it. It has the fine tannins of the variety, serious and tasty. 12,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in August 2018.(LG) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

K&L Notes

We are very excited to be offering wines from our newest direct import from Chile, Clos de Luz. Located in the Almahue Valley sub region of the Rapel Valley. Almahue Valley is located 70 miles SouthEast of Santiago, 40 miles from the Pacific Ocean and 28 miles from the Andes Mountains. The Clos de Luz estate was first planted by the current owners great grandfather in 1892, it now spreads over 33 hectares of vineyards planted in granitic soil with quartz components of volcanic origins. The oldest vines now date back to 1945 and were planted by their grandmother, Luz. They are some of the oldest Carménère vineyards in Chile, and probably in the world. The domaine’s vineyards are 100% ungrafted and massal selections. The vineyards are certified sustainable. The grapes are hand harvested, with strict fruit selection. The fruit is gently extracted then vinified and raised with minimal interventions. These wines are elegant with depth and complexity but most importantly they showcase the uniqueness of their special origin. The wine is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels of varying ages. A small percent of the wine is aged in new 400-liter Sylvain French oak barrels. Tasting Notes: flowers and attractive influence to cedar delivers great appeal to wine. The palate has a bold, juicy and succulent feeling.

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By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/4/2020 | Send Email
Elegant,concentrated, and aromatic. What a Cabernet! This has new world ripe fruit ands the aromatic complexity, depth and focus of a Bordeaux at twice, if not more, the price. Full bodied with good intensity and very polished tannins. There is aromatic lift but it all gets pulled into its concentrated core of ripe fruit in just a hint of tobacco & earth both of which are background accents. It is a fun mix of berries & red fruits with mouth-watering acidity but it is miles away from being tart. This wire is so good that it makes me stop and try to understand how it was made. Berries, earth, tobacco minerality with just a hint of that Chilean mountain herb/scrub play out on the finish. There is a lot happening here. This is one of the best Cabernets in store, especially for the money.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/3/2020 | Send Email
South American Cab doing it's thing here, with ripe black fruit and a fine oak note that pops out near the finish. Soft nosed, with a pretty white floral edge. This is a really solid Cabernet for more hedonistic dishes. There is a classic defined peppercorn note that in a perfect world will bring the best out of a steak

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