RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Doing 50/50 So Far

Late in 2022 and early into 2023 Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon is 50/50. The Maipo leads in the top 50% and the Cachapoal is in the bottom 50…the real bottom.

The 2019 Primus Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Maipo yet the 2020 vintage will be from Colchagua being released in Ontario on 21January2023. In Ontario there remains high inventory of the 2019 vintage. It may very well be subject to a mark down.

So how fares the 2019 Primus Cabernet Sauvignon?

Aromatics: Big time hedonistic black fruit with a healthy dose of blueberry.

Palate: The tannins are moderate in this full-bodied wine. Blueberry, black cherry and blackberry vie for attention. The rich flavours border on that of a Late Bottled Vintage Port. A smooth finish with moderate length.

Personality: I am a stout well fed squire happy to sit on the hearth and pat my hunting dogs after the fox run. Confident, successful and well endowed with gold coins I need not have to impress anyone…my modesty of course requires no praise.

Food Match: A mild blue cheese such as Cambazola with a chunk of dark chocolate.

Cellarbility: Drinking well now. Will improve in bottle peaking in 2026.

Price: $22.95 (Ontario).

In a nutshell: Solid Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon far outclassing Californian brothers in the $25-30 price range.

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 92/100. Jamessuckling.com 91.

(Primus 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Viñedos Veramonte, Casablanca, Chile, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 486043, 750 mL, 13.5%)

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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