RKS 2023 Wine: Cool Climate Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile’s Maule Valley

We move to another Chilean red wine a Rucahue Gran Reserva Cool Climate Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maule Valley in Chile.

The Maule Valley is Chile’s largest viticultural region which is one of the most geographically and climatically diverse encompassing the Andes to the east, the sunny plains through the central corridor and the rolling coastal hills to the west, which makes it possible for both red and white varieties to thrive. Unlike many other Chilean growing regions, the Maule Valley does not have maritime influences yet it maintains a favourable diurnal temperature differential.

Aroma: Some very rich blueberry and black cherry if you put your nose to it. Minimal streaks of raspberry floating around.

Palate: Tannins leaning toward the heavy side. More blueberry and black cherry but firmly knit and not flashing their stuff. Do you call that cloistered or discreet? I detect some struggle between the oak and the fruit. The oak strikes me as a bit raw. Not really an ideal sipping wine. Best off with food.

Cellarbility: Will handle well into 2025 but a difficult call to determine if it will improve. I find the oak a bit raw and not well integrated into the wine but that may just a matter of time.

Personality: I am super confident you will like me. This writer thinks I may be a gimped up by my oak and suggests I may integrate a bit better with my fruit in just a few more months. He is a brilliant guy. I agree completely!

Food Match: Grilled flank with chimichurri sauce with a red onion salad on the side.

Price: $24.95 (Ontario).

RKS 2023 Wine Rating: 87/100. Patricio Tapia 93.

(Rucahue Gran Reserva 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Maule Valley, Rucahue , San Javier, Chile, 750 mL, 14%, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 27212).

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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