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Tarapaca Gran Reserva 2010, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile

Drunk October 2013

The winery

This is a top class, oak aged Cabernet Sauvignon from Viña Tarapacá in the Maipo Valley. Its founder, Don Francisco de Rojas, travelled to France in 1874 and returned laden with vines from Bordeaux and Burgundy, planting them in the beautiful countryside around his classic colonial style house. In 1992 new owners invested considerably in the vineyards and cellar - adding a new humidity and temperature controlled cellar, with 4,000 barrels for maturing the wines.

The wine

The Tarapaca is a deep red in the glass, aromas are coffee, anise, spice. The wine is smooth and full bodied without being too alcoholic which sometimes is a feature of wines from Maipo, well balanced with a moderate tannin level beautifully balanced by acid. The finish is long with great complexity. Very good indeed.