With dark aromas of tar, black pepper and blackberry, this presents itself well. The palate is creamy, smooth and ready, with baked, lightly raisiny flavors of black currant, blackberry and brown sugar. For sheer ripeness, this is at peak level, so drink this impressive Cabernet-Merlot blend now.
In this vintage, the blend is 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet, and the wine is nice in the mouth, where lush red fruit spreads out comfortably. It’s a dry, full, lengthy wine that is on the heavy side now but should be perfect in another year or two. Twelve months in new French oak has provided just the right smoke and vanilla notes.
Traditional is the best way to describe this blend. It starts with tobacco and other sweet-leaf aromas, while the palate is lively and healthy, with mildly candied cherry and raspberry flavors. With hints of herbs, olive and tobacco, this comes across like a prototype Chilean red. Imported by Billington Imports, Inc.
It is 55% Cabernet and 45% Merlot, mostly from the winery’s new Buin vineyards, and it features a heavily toasted, oaky nose but also some solid fruit. The fruit is riper and richer than anything the winery did at Macul, as proven by its dark chocolate and blackberry qualities. Some spice and a nip of green pepper carry the finish.
A serious, fairly rich wine with grippy tannins and typical Maipo aromas of herbs, tobacco and olive that meet at eucalyptus. Hails from low-production old vines in Macul and Buin; the wine is round and full in the mouth, with lightly roasted berry flavors and touches of sweet caramel and chocolate on the finish.
Lots of cedar is evident on the nose and palate of this red blend. The berry and cassis aromas and flavors are a bit hard to discern and also bear a too-prominent minty, slightly herbaceousness. This medium weight wine closes with a dry tart woodiness that lacks mass appeal.