Casas del Bosque Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Dense ruby red in color, on the nose this wine exhibits lifted notes of rum & raisin and dark chocolate with just a touch of spearmint. In the mouth fresh acidity gives way to opulent notes of blackcurrant, espresso bean and cedar. A well integrated oak backbone combines with svelte, elegant tannins to give a long, textured finish.
91 pts Stephen Tanzer/Vinous June 2015 (JR)
Saturated ruby. Expansive aromas of red- and blackcurrant, cherry compote, dark chocolate and fresh flowers. Supple, round and broad in the mouth, with a suave floral note adding complexity to the sweet red and dark berry flavors. Energetic and seamless in texture, finishing with silky tannins, hints of lively red fruits and zesty minerality.
Following harvest the grapes were destemmed and then crushed to tank at which point the must was warmed and inoculated with selected yeasts and fermented during 10 to 15 days with temperatures peaking at 32ºC/90ºF. During fermentation the vats were pumped-over three to four times daily in order to extract the ideal amount of tannin and colour. Following the completion of fermentation the must was subjected to an additional 5 days of post fermentation maceration (to give a total of 19 days total skin contact). The wine was then pressed off skins and put to a mixture of new and used French oak barrels (55% new/45% second the third use) for 10 months during which time it was racked and returned three times. After bottling the finished wine was carefully aged for three months prior to release in order to increase complexity.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley cropped at an average of 9 tons per hectare (3.6 tons per acre). Harvest was carried out by hand between the 6th and 15th of May, 2013.