For 12 weeks, we feature a wine, and include tasting notes and suggestions for pairings. At the end of the 12 weeks, we’ll review our Mixed Case, and recap the choices. Each mixed case will be chosen by a local wine shop owner, who will also become our wine expert-in-residence during his or her tenure. (So should we need recommendations for a holiday, for example. we’ll ask.) We’ll get a new expert for each case. Right now, we’re working on our Mixed Case from Aries Wine & Spirits in White Plains.
Los Vascos Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 is bottle 9 in our series. To see the rest, click here: Mixed Case on Small Bites.
Bonus online content
I have to edit it down to fit in the paper, but here is Aries owner Andrea Kish’s full description of the wine.
Name of Wine: Los Vascos Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Region: Colchagua, Chile; Los Vascos, one of Chile’s oldest wine estates dating back to 1750, is managed by Domaines Barons de Rothschild of Chateau Lafite in Bordeaux, who began a comprehensive modernization and investment program in 1988. The vineyard is located in the Caneten valley of the Colchagua region south of Santiago where the microclimate is considered ideal to produce world class Bordeaux style wines from grapes grown on ungrafted root stock.
Tasting notes: This Bordeaux style wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with small amounts of Carmenere, Syrah and Malbec characterized by a complex and persistent bouquet and flavor of cherries and black currants from the Cabernet, strawberries from the Malbec, raspberries from the Syrah and plums, with notes of bay leaves and black pepper, from the Carmenere. It is a delicious, exciting wine with great density and harmony and ample soft tannins which can be enjoyed now if decanted or cellared.
Why we chose it: a winery we visited just after the Baron’s investment, we have watched (and tasted) with admiration and appreciation as the wines have improved year after year. A perfect choice for a big meat wine for those who don’t have the patience or ability for long term cellaring. Great value!.
Goes with: steak, filet mignon, lamb or veal chops and rich cheeses.