Original tasting and review : This is Casa Silva Quinta Generacion, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2002, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled 12 years from vintage date, in November, 2014. It is a red blend of 50% cabernet sauvignon, 30% carmenere, 10% shiraz and 10% petit verdot selected from multiple plots in three estates.
In the glass: Deep black cherry magenta, opaque from a half inch from the edge.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bold, slightly
medicinal black cherry fruit with some black currant elements that sear your nostrils. From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, vivacious and memorable.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact layered with deep black cherries. The bold black juice glides gently over your palate, sleek and still full of layered tannins. Black currants, lavender and hints of tobacco add to the flavor elements. Fades relatively quickly, but on a sleek curtain of mineralized layers. Quite impressed after more than a decade.
In summary: Overall, rates four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and is a very tasty best value.
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