2011 Viña Quebrada "Domus Aurea" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley SKU #1246365


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  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    For those who enjoy some of the lighter, more structured, and more herbaceous style of Cabernet grab a bottle of this wine and then come back for more. This Cab from Chili offers up dark berry, cassis, menthol, and is balanced by plenty of acid. This is a seriously delicious cab that has characteristics of mountain fruit from California but without the pricetag.
  • Randy Hagerman
    By: Randy Hagerman
    K&L Staff Member
    The Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignons are unbelievable values in the world of wine. If these were produced in California, one would expect to pay north of $100. The 2011 bottling delivers classic Cab. aromas of black currant, plum, tobacco, mint, licorice, and a hint of pepper. Bold and full-bodied on the palate, the wine maintains its balance with plenty of acidity from the long, cool hang time. I was impressed with the tannin structure, as the tannins seem riper and better integrated than in the 2010 version. The palate winds down nicely into a toasty, slightly earthy finish. (Insider tip: as of this writing, we have a few bottles of 2010 left in stock. Grab some of each and fight with your friends over which vintage is better - they're both spectacular!)
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    Dense, dark Cabernet with impressive weight and viscocity, yet tannins that are velvety soft, making for a rich, vivid bottle of wine uninhibited by excessive chewiness or grit. Ripe plum, cassis, herbs, bell pepper, tobacco, and subtle florals contribute to the complex flavor profile and make this a serious wine for serious food. Perfect pairing with leaner cuts of beef; think filet mignon with herb butter.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    I remember loving the 2010 vintage of this classic, Maipo Valley Cabernet, but if its possible, the 2011 is showing even better. In a year challenging for both Napa and Bordeaux, this Chilean Cabernet is a great alternative! Full, intense, and weighty, this wine is quite hefty and well-structured, but without falling into cloying sweetness, or tannic greenness. This fabulous Cabernet finds a great balance between power and refinement, intensity and candour. Try one before they are all snapped up!
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    If Maipo is to Chile as Napa is to California, then the Viña Quebrada could be compared to Heitz Martha's Vineyard. It's an historic vineyard, with many a mature vine. As does Martha's Vineyard, the Domus Aurea has a lovely combination of Cabernet's bright red currant intensity, a tell tale snappy green, eucalyptus vineyard stamp and very fine grained tannins. Classic Cabernet. It should age well for quite a while, so if you are a Cabernet drinker or collector, you should absolutely grab some Domus Aurea.


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