It is quite remarkable Chile can offer us excellent Cabernet Sauvignon in the under $25 category. Why muck about with Californians in that price range. You’ll often be disappointed. Years ago one might have avoided Chilean red wines due to that minty touch on the palate as one would avoid South African reds due to an earthy if not a barnyard influence. Thank goodness that minty taint has largely disappeared and Chilean red wines are ready to take on if not take over reasonably price high quality red wines.
How will a Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley fare? Cabernet Sauvignon makes up 60% of the total wine production in the Maipo which is in the Central Valley Region.
Aroma: Loads of raspberry and sweet red cherry with blackberry and strawberry.
Palate: Moderate amount of tannins do not detract from the smoothness on the palate. Blackberry and red cherry with a bit of brackishness on the finish.
Food match: Seared duck breast with cherries and Port wine sauce.
Personality: I may be a Cabernet Sauvignon but don’t be misled into think I am a big hulking wine. My cherry and raspberry make me approachable and friendly. Many of my Chilean brothers have this raspberry and cherry streak in them. I am no weirdo in this regard. Just part of the pack.
Cellaring: Might improve slightly over a couple of years. Consume by 2025-year end.
In a nutshell: Yet another reasonably priced quality Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon that has little in common with Cabernet Sauvignons from California and Washington. Drink on its own or with food.
RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 91/100.
(Viña Tarapacá 2020 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, D.O. Valle del Maipo, Viña Tarapacá, Isla de Maipo, Chile,14% 750 mL, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 18721)