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Wines from Maipo Valley

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Santa Rita 1999 Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)

  1. $65
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.  — M.S.  (3/1/2002)
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Santa Rita 2010 Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $85
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.  — M.S.  (12/31/2013)
93
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Santa Rita 2007 Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)

  • Editors' Choice
  1. $75
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.  — M.S.  (6/1/2011)
93
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Errazuriz 2011 Viñedo Chadwick Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $400
Confident, smoky aromas of black fruits, quality oak and minerality set up a round, dense, smooth palate that’s as elegant as things get in Chile. True Cabernet Sauvignon flavors are spicy, lightly herbal and suggest licorice, cassis and blackberry. On the finish, warm oak, menthol and medicinal flavors call for another few years in bottle. Best from 2016–2023.  — M.S.  (8/1/2014)
93
points

Viña el Principal 2010 Andetelmo Red (Maipo Valley)

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  1. $54
Bold berry, herb and olive aromas seem typically Chilean. This Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend, with 17% Petit Verdot, is round but firm, with superb structure and potency. Flavors of baking spices, herbs and rooty black fruits finish long, smooth and oaky. This is a sexy, polished, dark-tinted wine to drink through 2022.  — M.S.  (8/1/2014)
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Viña el Principal 2008 Andetelmo Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenère (Maipo Valley)

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  1. $54
Cool berry, light herb and lactic aromas settle nicely and completely. This is a voluminous Cabernet Sauvignon with 5% Carmenère. Spice, black fruits and olive flavors precede finishing notes of chocolate, black tea and barbecue sauce. This has an impressive structure and refined acidity; drink through 2020.  — M.S.  (3/1/2014)
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Domus Aurea 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)

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  1. $60
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.  — M.S.  (12/1/2010)
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Domus Aurea 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (Maipo Valley)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $55
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…  — M.S.  (5/1/2009)
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