Thursday, May 3, 2012

Updated Review: *** $ Walnut Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Rapel, Chile, 2008 - BEST VALUE

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Initial review, by way of background: This is Walnut Crest Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Rapel, Chile, 2008, finished at 13.% alcohol, and available at a "practically free" price.  I liked the earlier 2006 vintage.

Original tasting, January, 2011:

In the glass: Deep burgundy red, opaque from within about three-quarter inch from the edge. 

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, this Chilean cab shows a bold, deep, purple-complex, earthy nose of plums and horsehair.  Old and new world elements.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are savory, spicy fruit, medium depth, somewhat bright and focused on the mid-palate.  There is oak and darkness mixed in among the red currants.  Plenty of depth.  Finishes bright, with acids and fruit.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Is definitely a best buy, even more so considering its price point within the one-dollar-sign category.

Following long decant, two days kept cool in partially filled bottle:  The nose shows more simple purple fruit now.  Palate is consistent, but seems a little simpler too.  Probably a good one to drink up now.
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Updated review, over a year later,  May, 2012: Deep burgundy, but it has lost its opaqueness.  Soft and sweet earthy red fruit on the nose.  The palate has grown more balanced, bringing the earlier-apparent acids now in line with the dark fruits.  Still poised and a solid three stars.   At peak drinking age now, four years from vintage date.  Remains a best value at a crazy-low price point.  Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Soft light nose, with a commensurate easy-going palate.

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