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Robust reds for sophisticated suppers

wines

of the

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PÉREZ CRUZ PIRCAS DE LIGUAI

CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2013

Maipo Valley, Chile

536839 (XD)

750 mL $ 29.95

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TASTING NOTE: … grapes underwent a three-

day cold soak and then fermented with indigenous

yeasts in stainless steel vats …matured in new

and second use French oak barrels for 16 months.

… very classical Maipo. You’d never mistake this

for a Bordeaux, but it has the seriousness of the

tannins that made Bordeaux famous … from a cold

year that provided very good freshness and wines

that are developing very slowly … drinkable but

should also develop more complexity in bottle …

the grapes used for this wine come from a

combination of [alluvial and colluvial] soils. A

textbook Maipo Cabernet. Drink date: 2017-2023.

Score:

93

(Luis Gutierrez,

robertparker.com

,

April 28, 2017)

Full-bodied & Firm

XAVIER ARCANE XV LE DIABLE 2015

Vin de France

526301 (XD)

750 mL $ 29.95

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TASTING NOTE: There are two slightly eccentric

wines from this estate that merit serious attention.

Almost 100%Mourvèdre from a parcel close to

Vinsobres, the sensational 2015 Vin de France

Arcane XVLe Diable had a three-weekmaceration

(Xavier prefers to get as much extraction as

possible before alcoholic fermentation), and was

aged mostly in small oak tanks and concrete.

Blueberries, blackberries, peppery herbs and

spice all flow from this layered, full-bodied beauty

that has awesome purity, integrated acidity and

plenty of structure. Give bottles 2-3 years and

drink over the following 10-15 years. Drink date:

2018-2033. Score:

94

(Jeb Dunnuck,

robertparker.com

, Oct. 28, 2016)

Full-bodied & Smooth