This wine has traveled miles in the right direction compared to its early incarnations. It’s piercing and potent up front, with cigar box, mocha, toast and coffee aromas in addition to fine flavors of tobacco, cassis, vanilla and lightly baked berry and cassis. Finishes wavy and long; 50% Syrah along with Merlot…— M.S.
Aromas of cola and leather lead the friendly bouquet. This Bordeaux-style blend is wide and tannic in feel, with blackberry, cassis and kirsch flavors. Oak, licorice and heat drive a smoky finish. Drink through 2024.— M.S.
This handsomely built Cabernet from a subappellation of Curicó has a winning nose of black currants, spices and chocolate. The mouthfeel is rich, almost lush, with cassis, licorice and dark-chocolate flavors. Finishes long and smooth, and offers very good balance along with a lot of flavor and texture. Best Buy.— W.E.
There’s plenty of black fruit and power on the nose. The palate matches that aromatic intensity by showing tannic grab and body along with deep cherry, cassis and tobacco flavors. Finishes earthy and leathery, but with enough berry fruit and richness.— M.S.
Black cherry and cassis aromas are sweet and ripe. The palate is lively and shows zippy acids along with roasted berry flavors that are juicy due to the fresh acidity. Darkens up on the finish, showing coffee, chocolate and good length. Uncomplicated, fruity Syrah.— M.S.
Toast and bacon from the new-oak aging compete with smoked meat and blackberry on the bountiful nose. Plum and cassis fruit dance on the palate, and ultimately there’s a lot of power to this first-ever prestige bottling by Aresti. With 15% Merlot and Carmenère.— M.S.
A nice, simple everyday Cabernet is what this is. The nose is sweet and smooth, with slightly candied red fruit aromas. There’s some snap and good vibrations on the palate along with flavors of raspberry and red currant. Simple, clean and balanced.— M.S.
As Aresti’s vines get older its wines appear to be getting better. A case in point is this Cab, which shows nice plum and berry aromas followed by forward red plum and raspberry flavors. It’s medium bodied and solid, with a touch of woodiness expressed through lingering vanilla and chocolate flavors.— M.S.