Original tasting and review : This is Root: 1 Heritage Red, Maipo Valley, Chile, 2013, a blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, syrah and petit verdot, finished at 13.5% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in September, 2015. (also Root:1)
Inspired by this wine: Picking red raspberries on a sunny summer day, the brambles getting caught on my shirt.
In the glass: Deep magenta, opaque in the center.
On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows raspberry fruit with some oak. From the aroma, seems like this will be bright, almost brilliant, with some deeper tones.
On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact showing raspberry, red cooking cherries and red currant. The sip comes on bright and then an element of blacker oak emerges. Finishes is clean and quick, surprisingly the acids just fade away, not carrying up into your cheeks.
In summary: Overall, given its pleasant brightness, just touches three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale, garnering a best value nod given its typical Root:1 bargain price point.
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