The 1997 Casa Real was royal, and the ’99 is even better. It’s rich, deep and lavishly oaked. The concentration is intense but it’s not overly tight or tannic. In every way it’s a dead ringer for sweet, luscious fruit-forward Napa Cabernet. Plum, coffee and cream share center stage on the stylish finish.
After a rooty, spicy opening that includes aromas of tree bark, leather, marzipan and ripe berry fruits, this perennial winner shows superb balance, mouthfeel and overall integration. Flavors of cassis, cherry, plum, dry spice and chocolate finish long, lightly herbal and with complexities. Drink through 2020.
One of Chile’s benchmark wines is typically clean, pure and inviting. The nose is ripe and lusty, while the palate is vital, juicy, fresh and crisp, with fine Cabernet flavors of black currant, cherry, chocolate and more. Probably the closest thing in style to great Napa Valley Cab; deep, dense and long on the finish. A hearty but refined wine to drink now through 2017.
After a few down years and a couple of winemaker changes, Domus Aurea is back in fine form. The nose is heady, leathery and powerful, while the palate is compact, bullish and tannic. Tastes fabulous with its dynamic mix of brawny berry, tobacco, toast and leather. A Maipo Valley gem with length and complexity. Drink now through 2014.
Arguably the best Domus to date. This wine is super-complete and remarkably individual. It has that classic Macul-area aromas of black olive and tobacco, but the fruit from this great vintage is elevated and pure. Look for graphite, tar, cassis, cherry and chocolate all rolled into one fine, ageable package. It’s Cabernet from Chile in all its glory. Drink now…
The Chadwicks have hit the big time with this superb Cabernet-dominated blend. The bouquet of black cherry, charcoal, plum and tree bark is sensational, while the cassis, cherry and tobacco flavors sing on the palate. Lots of fruit, power and balance, with a touch of earthiness.
Made from 30-year-old vines, this wine represents the pinnacle of Santa Rita’s production. It’s lush and rich, with vanilla, cedar, tobacco and cassis aromas. The palate is layered and textured, displaying the perfect mix of concentration and softness. Finishes supple, with smooth tannins and some chocolate and marshmallow. One of Chile’s best.
Probably the best-eve wine from Santa Carolina. It’s rich and earthy, but also shows pure fruit and just a mild hint of fresh herbs. Saturated and broad on the palate, with a nice mix of sultry fruit flavors and savory notes. Refined but robust; classy and elevated. 2,000 cases made.