Saturday, April 17, 2010

**+ $ Baco Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Valley, Chile - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Tasting and Review:

By way of background: Baco Cabernet Sauvignon is a "practically free" wine from Central Valley, Chile, and this one is aged for a few years. The 2003 vintage is finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass: Baco shows as deep magenta in the glass, purple brick at the edge and opaque in the center.

On the nose: Poured cool without a decant, this Chilean cabernet shows and plum and cooked broccoli nose with some oak overtones.   Given the age, the unhappy funkiness may blow off with a bit of air.

Therefore...decanted for a few minutes with plenty of aeration.  Now the nose is more of plums and prune... only a hint of broccoli remaining.

On the palate: The first element on the palate is round, even, very ripe plum, with a bit of eggplant ragu hovering in the background.

And the wrap-up: The finish is brisk and fairly clean, mushy ripe plums vanishing fairly quickly in a clean acid wash.

In summary: Overall, too ripe at this age.  Still, a clean, bright fruit manages to come through.  Rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, with a plus because I believe that with much less age, it will show its true liveliness.  Good value for a practically free choice.

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