Year in and year out, this ranks as a fine blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc. Look for a comported nose with blackberry, cassis and earth tones. The palate is layered and chewy, with deep, dense flavors of blackberry, licorice, spice and herb. Toasty and long on the finish; drink now–2016.
Perfumed and floral on the bouquet, with cassis, wild berry and mild herbal notes. The palate is racy and a touch clacky in feel, and then you get a full palate of berry fruit, herbs, tobacco and spice flavors. Dry, tasty and composed. 85% Cabernet Sauvignon with 15% Cab Franc.
A classic Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of lemon peel, olive and leafy fruit. It shows major structure, tannic framework and dry, herbal flavors of cassis and cherry. Long, fruity, toasty and just slightly rustic. Drink now–2012.
Dark on the nose, with olive, rubber, plum and black cherry scents. The mouth is deep and saturated; there’s fairly lush plum, coffee and mocha flavors to ponder. Shows some espresso-like bitterness on the back end, which adds to the complexity. A definite contender. Imported by Megawine Inc.
Ultra smoky and baked, with aromas of campfire, berry marmalade and fine herbs. At 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Cabernet Franc, this is rich but balanced. It shows a cushioned mouthfeel and lively flavors of black cherry, cola, chocolate and even some cumin. Finishes roasted and firm, with a backbone of tannins. Drink now through 2011.
Blueberry and other sweet aromas are forward, floral and ripe. In the mouth, this blend is alert and juicy, with ripe berry flavors, ample oak and plenty of toast, coffee, pepper and herbs. Spreads out on the finish, and overall it’s showing class and clarity for an under-$15 wine.
A well-done, affordable Cabernet with all the qualities it should have. There are flowery, lavender notes to the black-fruit bouquet, and ripeness, depth and solid tannins in the mouth. The flavor profile of cola, blackberry and chocolate works just fine, and the finish is long and hints at bitter chocolate and tobacco.
Full berry aromas blend with a light herbal whiff on the nose. In the mouth, it’s full-bodied and round, with dark blackberry and plum flavors. Turns a bit oaky and drying on the finish, but overall one can only praise the wine’s solidity, depth and honest flavors.