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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

VINTAGES

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UNCORK SOMETHING GREAT • SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2017

CHILE

– REDWINE

ARBOLEDA SINGLE VINEYARD

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2015

Aconcagua Valley

TASTING NOTE: The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon from

Aconcagua is blended with 5%Cabernet Franc and

5%Syrah from vines planted in 1999 on alluvial soils.

It fermented in stainless steel with selected yeasts and

matured in French barriques (20%new) for one year.

It felt a little closed and shy, with faint balsamic aromas

and a core of blackberry fruit. The palate is medium-

bodied and has very good freshness, quite varietal

even if it’s not particularly complex. 200,000 bottles

produced. Drink Date: 2017-2019. Score:

90

(Luis

Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

, April 28, 2017 )

Full-bodied & Firm

606764

(XD)

750 mL

$19.95

2

CARABANTES SYRAH 2012

Hand-picked, unfiltered, Aconcagua Valley

(Von Siebenthal)

TASTINGNOTE: The Syrah here is called Carabantes,

named after the Dominican Monk that brought the first

vitis vinifera to Chile, which in the dry andwarm vintage

of 2012 shows plenty of balsamic aromas of Mediter-

ranean herbs and berries ... The nose is quite oaky and

extremely balsamic (this vineyard is surrounded by

eucalyptus trees) in a way that made me think of a

Shiraz fromAustralia – aided perhaps by the aromatics

lent by theAmerican oak andwith the classical smoky

bacon notes. This is a Syrah from awarm zone, ripe and

headywith round, fleshy tannins and a velvety texture,

with some oak tannins in need of being resolved. For

fans of the style. 20,336 bottles were filled in July

2013. Drink Date: 2017-2019. Score:

90

(Luis

Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2015 )

Full-bodied & Smooth

524785

(XD)

750 mL

$22.95

2

CASAS DEL BOSQUE GRAN RESERVA

PINOT NOIR 2014

Casablanca Valley

TASTING NOTE: A dense and rich pinot with dried

strawberry and raspberry character. Bright acidity.

Full body, so much great fruit. Tight and beautiful.

Needs two to three years to soften. Score:

93

(James

Suckling,

jamessuckling.com

, May 12, 2016)

Medium-bodied & Fruity

525022

(D)

750 mL

$24.95

2

LUIGI BOSCA

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Mendoza

TASTING NOTE: Medium red. Sexy, mellow scents

of redcurrant, plum, mocha and spices. Sweet and

suave on the palate, with red fruit flavors leavened by

savory soil tones and well-integrated acidity. Nicely

balanced, seamless wine with lovely vinosity. Finishes

with a fine dusting of tannins and subtle persistence.

Drinking window: 2017-2022. Score:

90

(Stephen

Tanzer,

vinous.com

, March 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth

128629

(D)

750 mL

$19.95

2

TRAPICHE TERROIR SERIES FINCA

AMBROSÍA SINGLE VINEYARD

MALBEC 2012

Uco Valley, Mendoza

TASTING NOTE: Voluptuous, vibrant and youthful

with intense aromas of dark fruits, dark chocolate, wet

earth, violets, sweet spices and a touch of graphite.

Rich and juicy on the palate, this Malbec has a stunning

purity, a lovely texture and a brilliant structure. An

exquisite wine without makeup. Score:

95

(Decanter

World Wine Awards, 2016)

Full-bodied & Firm

402941

(XD)

750 mL

$39.95

2

ZUCCARDI Q MALBEC 2015

Uco Valley, Mendoza

TASTING NOTE: ... sourced fromAltamira, Chacayes

and Vista Flores in the Valle de Uco, the first year

produced exclusively in the newwinery ... There is

good ripeness and depth here, a mixture of red and

black fruit with some spiciness and hints of rockrose

and wild herbs. The palate is medium-bodied, with

very nice balance, fine-grained tannins and very good

length. It finishes dry with a hit of austerity ... Drink

Date: 2017-2020. Score:

91

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

, Dec. 30, 2016 )

Full-bodied & Smooth

723478

(XD)

750 mL

$19.95

2

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