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).