RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon: Viña Marty Pacha Cabernet Sauvignon

After tasting some excellent Chilean Carménère I recently hit a wall at high-speed facing a disappointing Viña Del Pedregal 2018 Kidia Reserve Carménère which I opined should be returned to sender. One rogue wine will not deter me from pursuing the Chilean path.

So switching to a Cabernet Sauvignon from Viña Marty, a Pacha Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile’s Central Valley, I can only hope there will be no crashing into the wall!

Aromatics: Earthy if not a bit barnyardy. Predominately blueberry with cherry, blackberry, loganberry and fig jam.

Palate: Blackberry, struggling cherry and cactus pear. Off standish and thin for a Cabernet Sauvignon. Short finish.

Personality: I am arrogant and cold and if Cabernet Sauvignon drinkers don’t appreciate my “unique” quality and “very special terroir” they can go take a flying leap. Other Cabernet Sauvignons can be warm and sensuous but if drinkers don’t think I am the best they fail to understand my Chilean soul!

Cellaring: None. Drink now.

Food Match: As a slight but polite put-off used by many wine writers this is a Friday night burger and pizza wine.

Cost: $16.95 (Ontario).

In a nutshell: Chile can do far better. The old adage applies here. Know your winery!

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 84/100. Wine Enthusiast 90/100.

(Viña Marty Pacha Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, D.O. El Valle Central, Viña Marty, Sagrada Familia Curicó, Chile, 750 mL, 14.5%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 27199).

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food ,drink, travel, film, and lifestyle issues. He also has published serialized novels "Life at Megacorp", "Virus # 26, "Reggie the Egyptian Rescue Dog" and "The Penniless Pensioner" 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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