RKS 2023 Wines: Dichosa Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 from Valle del Maule in Chile

The vines for this wine are whippersnappers at 15 years of age and in addition to oak barrels the wine was aged in concrete giving it a leaner texture than oak only ageing.

Aroma: Full of both black and red fruits all very harmonious and indicative of a smooth and ready to drink Cabernet Sauvignon. Nothing harsh or immature on the nose.

Palate: Smooth and full bodied. Red fruit bulldozes through with light and persistent tannins. Red plum with Bing cherry jam with sour cherry peeking through at the finish.

Personality: I am ready to drink now and I’ll do well without food but even better with it. I am full bodied but not overbearing. Black cherry influences me almost as if there are cherry pie memories. The cherry gives a unique twist to this Cabernet Sauvignon. Please serve me cool!

Food match: That cherry pie filling note on the palate just might make the wine suitable for duck breast or some spicy Azorean crab.

Cellarbility: Improves to 2025 and coasts into 2028.

Price: 28.95. (Ontario)

In a nutshell: Comparisons are odious some say but in wine boo hoo to that. Why bother with Californian Cabernet Sauvignon at this price! My prediction about Chilean reds is that they are a serious threat to high cost Californians.

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 94/100. Patricio Tapia 94.

(Dichosia 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Cauquenes, D.O. Valle de Maule, Exportadora Vinos Chilenos, San Vicente de Tagua, Chile, 750 ml, 14.5%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 272208).

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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