Silverdale, WA 14.5% alc. (Purchased on 10/5/13)
Back label says this wine is a celebration of Chile’s 200th anniversary as a sovereign and independent nation. It’s 70% Cabernet from the Maipo Valley and 30% Carmenere from the Colchagua Valley aged for eight months in French and American oak.
Dark sludge on the bottom of the cork and inside the neck of the bottle. Pours nearly opaque deep purple/ruby with a youthful lilac rim. Seductive, aromatic nose of dark fruit (plum and blackberry), some mint and black coffee with just a hint of tart pie cherry and some smoked meat qualities. With sweet fruit and oak on the front of the tongue, this red is hugely tannic, but perfectly balanced with excellent acidity. Gives a coarse, rough feel in the mouth, but the flavors are wonderful: expresso, dark chocolate, cigar box cedar, mint, earth, blackberry, dark plum and cherry. There’s just a touch of green character in the finish, but it doesn’t detract in the least.
I tend to prefer Argentinian reds to those from Chile, but this may be the best Chilean red I’ve ever had (in my limited Chilean red experience). Should benefit greatly from cellaring. Appears to be very limited in quantity.