Thick and rich, with hedonistic black-fruit aromas and all the accents of leather, tobacco and olive that come with a great Chilean Cabernet. In the mouth, everything comes together in a commendable knit, and it doesn’t sacrifice anything, be it berry fruit, herbal accents, tannic grip or acidity. Drink now through 2013.
A little rubbery and tough on first sniff, but this pedigreed Chilean Cab settles with airing and soon shows exciting, fully ripe raspberry, cassis and blackberry flavors. The mouthfeel is perfectly cushioned yet intense, and the finish is ripe, smooth and composed. Ready to go now but should hold steady for another three years.
A huge expression of Chilean Cab, which if you know the wine, is to be expected. Terrunyo pushes deep blackberry and violets on the nose, while the palate bursts with acidity that propels lasting dark flavors. On the spot, with a lot of heft and extraction. Imported by Banfi Vintners.
From an okay vintage, Concha y Toro did a great job with its ’04 Terrunyo Cab. The wine is sturdy and offers a top-dog nose of mineral, dark fruit, mushroom and toasty oak. The palate features textbook cassis, blackberry and chocolate flavors, and the finish is touched up herbs and black olive. Best in late 2008 and throughout ’09. Imported by Excelsior Wine & Spirits.
Earthy and dark to start, with blackberry, cassis, mineral and leather on the nose. Feels rich and slightly syrupy, with herb, sweet berry and brown sugar flavors. Impressive for its power and density; finishes smooth, with mild tannins and caramel flavors. Drink now through 2015.
Coffee and burnt toast dominate the nose, courtesy of 50% aging in new French oak. But this is no woodman’s delight. Quite the opposite: It’s perfectly balanced and packed full of sweet cherries and plums. Best of all, the mouthfeel is undeniably creamy. Deeply extracted, with lots of muscle.
Opens with dry pear and almond-like, nutty, toasty oak notes, showing uncommon elegance for a wine in this price range. The fruit to acid balance is very good, and the core apple-pear flavors bear citrus, mango and custard accents, as well as more of the refined oak. Finishes long and classy, again with fine style and integration of elements.
A little sweet and floral, but friendly, clean and balanced as a whole. On the nose and palate the usual oak and toast is present and accounted for, yet the mouthfeel gets a boost from welcome acidity. Modern and easy to like, with tasty apple and citrus flavors. Imported by Excelsior Wine & Spirits.