Revisiting my first wine love; Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon
This year my wine tastes have mainly veered off in the direction of Argentina and France. Up to today I had not realized that I had forgotten my very first wine love; Chile. So for this edition of Wine Down Wednesday I decided to revisit this first love and get a taste of what the Los Vascos 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon had to offer.
I was introduced to wine many years ago with a bottle of Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon. In hindsight, Cabernet was probably not the wisest choice to start off with since it tends to be a bit on the dry side. Surprisingly I remember that this wine was very approachable and well rounded. I was curious to see how it had evolved over the years.
Chilean wines have always offered a tremendous return on investment. There are many great bottles to be found for under $10. There is also great variety since you can also find good Carmeneres, Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays and even Malbecs from this awesome South American nation.
Los Vascos comes from the Cañeten valley in Colchagua. The winery traces its origins to the Basque pioneers who settled in Chile centuries ago. Colchagua offers rich volcanic soil, long sun exposure and the wines benefit from the proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
I recommend that you let this wine breathe for about 20 minutes. This allows the wine to open up and allow its plum, dark cherry and tobacco flavors to shine. It features a nice balance of tannins, acidity and just the right amount of oak. This wine has some resemblance to reds from Bordeaux.
I really enjoyed my first taste of this vintage! Though I liked it, I really regret not having paired it with a meal. I can really see this cab shining when paired with a nice big steak! While not the most complex wine out there, this cab does offer a ton for what you pay!
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