2014 Garage Wine Company Cabernet Sauvignon "Lot #61" Maipo Alto (Previously $35) SKU #1291772

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Tasting Notes

Derek Mossman is up to some truly interesting things on the Chilean wine scene. Whether it's dry farmed Maule Carignane, Cabernet Franc, or this opulent, rich yet decidedly fresher take on Maipo Cab, the man is making very interesting wines and raising the qualitative bar. This particular Cabernet is from the Maipo Alto subsection of the Maipo Valley, and shows opulent, floral aromatics with a suggestion of eucalyptus as well. On the palate, the red fruits and plums are juicy and bright, with bright acidity and a relatively toned down use of oak framing the wine. (Joe Manekin, Chilean wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    This is Mountain Cabernet, a vineyard that is almost 1000m in the Andes. Better yet, it is unadorned mountain fruit. You cannot find that in Napa! This is a Cab that is about fruit, it is not a fruit bomb but sappy, bright, fresh dark red fruits and berries. There is just a hint of spice and herbal notes that just intensify the fruit. Full bodied and nicely textured this is a wine with immediate charm, but I will stash a bottle and check it out in a few to 5 years.
  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    Hesitant to buy a wine from a smaller wine company in the Maipo at this price? Don't be! This is a gorgeous wine with something of the finesse of Bordeaux and the power of Napa combined into a balanced expression all its own. Garage Wine Co. works with small lots of fruit, sourced from the best vineyards throughout Chile, in this case one of the very best high-elevation Cabernet vineyards. Their wine-making philosophy is almost non-interventionist, with a focus on pure translation of fruit into wine. The Lot 61 Cabernet shows very bold, dark fruit, with plenty of structure and notes of green olive, eucalyptus, and cassis. The wine is neither overly pepper-y nor rough, but rather shows a seamless, smooth whole.


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