Sweet up front, with a heaping of wood spice on top of raisin and baked berry aromas. This is a big, full-bodied mature wine with tannins that are still grabbing and flavors of roasted blackberry, dark plum and ingrained spice. Finishes long, toasty and sweet, with some heat and a distinct baked quality. Drink now.
Opens with candied, chocolaty aromas that contradict its age. In the mouth, it’s mature although the structure is breaking up; nonetheless, it’s interesting and attractive, with herb, raspberry, tea, tobacco and chocolate flavors. Overall it’s a different breed, and despite having lost its structure it’s sly and well worth a go. Drink now.
Licorice, prune and heavy toast all indicate peak ripeness, and maybe it’s a little over the top. The palate has some softness and cooked qualities, but the mouthfeel is still good, especially if you prefer some thickness. Typical for a wine that weighs in heavy, it shows baked, black-spice notes on the finish.
Despite being six years old, this is still kicking. The nose is raw and stewy, but it’s also ripe and rubbery, with cassis and berry aromas. The palate is thick, bulky and chunky, with heavy, chewy berry fruit flavors in front of a slightly baked finish. One-dimensional but not bad for Argentine Cab.
Dry and short on fruit, with strong barrel aromas of pepper, cinnamon and resin. In the mouth, there’s more wood than fruit, leaving heat, vanilla and spice to overshadow mild strawberry/raspberry flavors. What’s best about the wine is the mouthfeel; it’s round and creamy, with length. Anyone averse to forward oak should steer clear of Utopía.