Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Updated Review: ***+ $ 2 Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2005 - BEST VALUE

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By way of background: The 2 Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva hails from the Colchagua Valley, Chile. The 2005 vintage is finished at 13.9% alcohol.  The two brothers named by the label are Alex and Erik, who created Big Tatoo Wines in honor of their mother, Liliana Bartholomaus.  

Original review, January, 2010:

In the glass: The 2 Brothers Cabernet shows as medium deep dusty red in the glass, opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool without a decant and swirled vigorously, this cabernet sauvignon shows a bold, varietal-driven nose.  There are bright red cabernet fruits, some sweet broccoli and fir trees.  

On the palate: The first element on the palate is a center-mouth sweet blackberry and fir-tree punch, thick and svelte.  With sleek tannins driving a mineral impression, the experience moves out across your tongue and to your cheeks.  There it lodges with acids and alcohol coming in at the finish, lifting the deep fruit and spices aloft.

And the finish: Lingering fragrance from the evergreens accompanies the drying tannins to a long finish.

In summary: Overall, exciting, potent, yet balanced experience, combining dark depth with bright fragrances.  This generates three stars stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus for its multi-dimensional nature.  Awesome value.

Wine Spectator awarded 88 points, with this report: "Surprisingly minty up front (for Colchagua), along with more typical juicy red and blackberry fruit and a nice briary finish that pulls it all together. Drink now. 6,000 cases made."

Following four-day decant under vacuum in partial bottle:  On the nose, the aroma definitely comes forward, leaving the classical cabernet fruit in the background.  Palate and finish are very consistent with the thick, fir-tree-driven description above.
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Updated review, two years later, January, 2012:  Wow. Precisely the same color and nose after two years.  The palate also shows a vibrant consistency, weaving together all of the impressions from before: mint, depth, fruit, darkness, minerality.  Really, remains an incredible value.

Following long decant, two full days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  Fermented fir trees on the nose.  Still vibrant and brightly dark and minty on the palate.  Remarkable after the 7 years of bottle age and two more days of air. 

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