RKS 2023 Wine: A Rescue from the Chilean Stumble? CODE RED

Red wines from Chile commenced 2023 virtually flying high then a very bad spill with a Viña Del Pedregal Kidia Reserve Carménère 2018. Real bad. Then a weak recovery with a Viña Marty Pacha Reserva 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon.

As Bogart said in Casablanca, “Here’s looking at you, kid.” I am looking at a Vistamar Gran Reserva 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon from the Cachapoal Valley.

Aromatics: Mostly black cherry with blackberry. Generous oak gives a vanilla edge and a hint of a possible creaminess on the palate. The aromatics also give a hint of a wine that is not going to give much fruit on the palate.

Palate: Moderate tannins. Like a nun just graduating to a junior position at the nunnery very stern and cloistered on the palate! The aromatic interpretation of mine as to a hint of creaminess on the palate did not materialize but the hint as to a scarcity of fruit was right on.

Personality: I am not giving much in the way of richness or complexity on the palate. Crudely put I am a tight ass.

Cellarability: Not much to work with here. It will hang in there until 2026 but will not improve in the bottle.

Food match: If you were sitting down in a hospital cafeteria about to drink a glass of this wine you would hear a,” CODE RED” on the hospital intercom meaning in wine writer code a Friday night pizza and burger wine meaning not so great but utilitarian.

Price: $20.95

In a nutshell: The Liquor Control Board of Ontario has this at its wine of the month in its 17December2022 Vintages release. Often that means a kiss of death. Chile can do much better. In this case Chile stumbles along.

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 85/100. Patricio Tapia 93/100.

(Vistamar Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, D.O. Cachapoal Valley, Viña Vistamar, Pelequén, Chile, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 27204, 750 mL, 14%).

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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