Original tasting and review : This is La Playa (LaPlaya) Block Selection Estate Reserve Claret, Colchagua Valley, Chile, 2009, finished at 13.9% alcohol and first sampled five years from vintage date, in November, 2014. This is a blend of 41% petit verdot, 37% cabernet sauvignon, 18% cabernet franc and 4% carmenere.
In the glass: Dusty deep brick red, opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at cool room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows tangy bold fruit, just a touch over-the-top from an age perspective, with little hints of vegetable showing. From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, but perhaps a little sleepy tired.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact bright and full on the palate, with sharp but ripe blackberries and some full tannin grip. There is a bit of sleepiness here, but just a nodding wink, not an entirely age-worn experience. But don't let a bottle sit for more than these five years.
In summary: Overall, rates two stars with a real big plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale. Not quite best value status, but a good buy nonetheless at its bargain price point. The disappointment is that somehow the pedigree of the blend suggested a better ager.
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