RKS 2023 Wine: More Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile: Aconcagua Alto Cabernet Sauvignon from Errazuriz

There is no mistaking Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon has upped its game over the past decade producing some very worthy examples. Fair to say they have not reached cult status as many Californian Cabernet Sauvignons have. Why is that? Could it be “over fascination” with those Cali Cabernet Sauvignons? Could it be the length of time the Californians have been on the market? Could it be the crowds of corporate lawyers and executives and physicians anxious to impress without having to mix Coca-Cola with Chateau La Sewer?

The grapes were grown in a vineyard 600 metres above sea level in loam and gravel.

Is this Errazuriz Aconcagua Alto 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon worthy of the lips of neurologists of the world? Their lips and palate may not be better than yours and mine but their wallets and egos may be bigger!

Aroma: More of that irrepressible Chilean raspberry one frequently encounters in Chilean red wine. Rich blueberry and black cherry with some gentle lavender notes.

Palate: A firm texture but no bullying by tannins. The firmness does restrain the fruit as the blackberry, black cherry and blueberry are there in the next room trying to get in. There is some juiciness to the wine aided and abetted by sweet red cherries that have partially opened the door of the adjoining room and it gives the wine a charming finish.

Food match: The label suggests, venison, wild boar and baby lamb. No need to quibble with that.  

Personality: A nun on vacation in Nice. Charming austerity.

Cellarbility: Needs at least another year in the bottle to open. Hold until 2026.

Price: $22.95.

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 92/100. James Suckling 92.

(Errazuriz Aconcagua Alto Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Viña Errazuriz, Panquehue, Chile, 750 mL, 13.5%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 203364).

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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