|Originally posted by Jenise on October 12, 2005 on the Wine Lovers Community [Msg # 10.1] |
I bought these a few months ago after being tasted on it by an importer, thinking they were a good buy for the price, the kind of wine you are happy to serve friends who really aren't into wine or drink with a pizza. Over the months I guess I've demoted it some in memory, mostly on the basis of it's low price. By the time I opened a bottle the other night, I had my expectations managed down to just about zero. Well, wasn't I humbled. Rested from it's travels and served in my own glassware with no other wines around to compete for my attention, this Maipo wine was at least twice as good as I remembered it. Richer, more balanced, more complex, more everything than I expected: blackberry and black cherry, highly aromatic sandalwood, something a little like allspice and a dose of fresh English mint. And--no overt oak flavors--no cedar, no vanilla, no toast. Unmistakeably elegant cabernet, but a little exotic without being over the top or flashy. Especially nice value.