RKS Wine: Fancy Name but Fancy Quality?

Puente Austral Reserva Privada Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Private Reserve must mean it is very special! I love those monikers! Don’t you? With that designation it must be extra special!

On the nose a nice measure of blueberry a standard of many Cabernet Sauvignons. There is also some Santa Rosa Plum and black cherry. On the palate there are some tannins to deal with but nothing excessive. There is no doubt this is a full-bodied wine. There is a wallop of blueberry pie with some black cherry and pomegranate. The finish is in the medium range. The acids are acceptable but higher than I would expect and accordingly I‘d restrict consumption with food particularly with a tomato based pasta where the wine might be a good companion with the tomatoes particularly if they are fresh field tomatoes as opposed to canned. Acids can be volatile beasts and if they are noticeable in a red wine it is a risk to cellar for too long. All said and done for this wine forget the Private and Reserve as we commoners are best suited for it.

(Puente Austral Reserva Privada 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle de Colchagua, Chile, Puente Austral, San Fernando, Chile, $15.95, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 21960, 750 mL, 13.5%, RKS Wine 86/100).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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