Saturday, August 4, 2012

Updated Review: *** $$ Zumora Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Central, Chile, non-vintage

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By way of background, opening thoughts: The Valle Central of Chile is producing some interesting cabernet sauvignon.  Here is a value-priced offering, coming oddly enough in a non-vintage bottling.

Original tasting and review, July, 2011: This is Zumora Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Central, Chile, non-vintage, finished at a modest 13.% alcohol.

In the glass: Zumora cab is deep red throughout.

On the nose: Poured cool with a brief decant and swirled vigorously, shows subtle, though fairly classic black cabernet fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be straightforward but pleasurable.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact soft, simple fruit on the mid-palate, with light, sweet acids ringing the boundary, and a clean, quick finish.  Pleasant wine to accompany an informal meal.

In summary: Overall, rates two stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Gains a plus for its easy, pleasant nature. Following long decant, full day in partially filled bottle kept at cool room temperature:  Consistent nose, even more shy.  On the palate, slightly fuller.  Consistent rating, strong plus on the two stars.
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Updated review, over a year later,  August, 2012:  Consistent deep red color.  The nose is softer and warmer than before.  The fruit remains simple and soft, but lightly layered with some rich fruit veins.  Moves to a third star with the extra age.  Since this is non-vintage bottling, I cannot tell you how many years are best. Following long decant, full day kept cool in partially filled bottle: Still soft and warm on the nose, with inviting brightness.  Consistent palate, but just rounding the over-aged hill with this additional air time. 

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