Thursday, August 25, 2011

***+ $ Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2006 - Wine Tasting & Review (BEST VALUE)

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Original Tasting and Review, July, 2010:

By way of background: This is Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva from the Colchagua Valley, Chile, grown about 20 miles from the Pacific coast. The 2006 vintage is finished at 13.5% alcohol.

In the glass:  Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon shows as deep mahogany red.  It is opaque about an inch in from the center.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Chilean cab shows a woody black plum on the nose, deep and full of fruit. 

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are a first sweet plum essence in the mid-palate, round and hearty.  Acids and light tannins race to your cheeks to provide a bit of lift and length.  The finish arrives in fruit - plum and blackberry - and trails off linearly. 

In summary: Overall, a deep new world experience. Rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, making this bargain-priced wine a terrific value.

Following decant, one full day kept cool, in partially-filled bottle under vacuum:  Aromas have taken on an intriguing inky element, overlaying the very deep plum.  Now aromatics coil around the round mid-palate - yummy.  Adding a plus for how well this opened under decant.

Updated review, over a year later, August, 2011:  Black woody plum is still on the nose.  Full, balanced palate, consistent plum and blackberry notes.  Holding up well to the five years since vintage date.  Does not seem to require any more time in bottle.

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