What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when I say Cabernet Sauvignon? Most people immediately think of Napa Valley, and it’s big, bold, and brash Cab Sav’s. Some may think of Bordeaux, more specifically of its left bank wines.
Now what comes to mind when I say Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon? Would it surprise you if I said things like: soft, young, earthy, or red fruit?
I’ve been a fan of Cono Sur wine’s for a long time, I find they make a very nice and reasonably priced Pinot Noir. Recently I got the chance to try their Gewürztraminer, which was excellent. This was the first time I was trying their Cabernet Sauvignon, so I really tried to leave any expectations at the door.
Cabernet Sauvignon got its start in the 17th century in France, as a blend of Cab Franc and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Since then it has grown to become perhaps the worlds’ most famous and widely planted grape.
It’s perhaps best known as the primary grape in Bordeaux (left bank) wines, but it really came on to the international stage with the 1976 Judgement of Paris. Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon really took off from that point and has quickly grown into some of the worlds’ most expensive and best known wines.
The grape has spread to many other countries, such as Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy and Eastern Europe. In South America, in particular Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon became the backbone of their wine industry.
Which brings us to Cono Surs’ 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. As I mentioned I really tried to go into this wine with an open mind. Right away I was very pleasantly surprised. In the glass it showed a very clear body with a deep purple colour and a burgundy rim.
On the nose I immediately picked up some earthy notes along with red fruit and just a slight hint of coffee. The wine really came across as young and fresh.
The first taste showed a soft but well structured body with medium low tannins. On the tongue blackberry and green pepper really came through at first. As the wine picked up more oxygen I thought I could start to detect just a very mild hint of carmel or toffee on the tongue.
We paired this wine with Beef Barley soup and it complimented the soup very well.
- Winery: Cono Sur
- Vintage: 2014
- Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Carmener (40%)
- Region: Vallet Central
- Country: Chile
- Nose: Earth Tones, Red fruit (berries), Coffee
- Taste: Blackberry, Green Pepper, Toffee
- Purchased: Oak & Vine
- Price: $13.99