2012 Haras de Pirque "Hussonet" Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva Maipo Valley SKU #1306653

Price: $9.99

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K&L Notes

While the 2011 vintage Hussonet took everyone by storm. We believe the 2012 vintage, with its greater volume, added structure, and superior balance, to be even better. Simply put, there are few under-$10 Cabs that deliver the true varietal character, subtle savory nuances, and overall balance that this one does. Highly recommended.

Staff Reviews

  • Cliff Spinola
    By: Cliff Spinola
    K&L Staff Member
    Having been born and raised in Northern CA my introduction into wine was of course centered around Napa and Sonoma Valley reds. As much as I LOVE our Cabs and other varietals, and though there will always be a time and place for them, wines like these exist for people like me to enjoy on a daily basis. This is a fantastic expression of the varietal hitting all the right notes and senses. A case of this in my house never seems to be enough...
  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a wonderful, classic and expressive Cabernet Sauvignon for a very reasonable price. It is soft and ready, with round dark fruit flavors that help make this wine a pleasure to drink. The Hussonet drinks well alone or will go well with hearty foods.
  • Steve Bearden
    By: Steve Bearden
    K&L Staff Member
    Here is a fantastic follow up to the 2011 version of this overachiever and an amazing value. Once again this is a wine of balance with the sweet blackberry and currant fruit tempered by the fine tannins and fresh acidity. The husky aromatics give way to a firm , rich and earthy middle laced with savory herb and tobacco. The Antinori pedigree is obvious in the long, dry and detailed finish.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    While the 2011 is a tough act to follow, this 2012 absolutely brings it; actually I find the 2012 to be far better. This vintage shows a fruit quality that is more penetrating, with greater volume, persistence and length on the palate than the comparably softer 2011. Tannins, fruit and acidity are impeccably balanced, and in fact I would be hard pressed to find a Cab that is this well put together for $15-18, let alone one that comes close to this at $10. Bold statement, I know, but this Cabernet is a category killer! This would make as nice a pairing with grilled skirt steaks this summer as it would with low oven heat, high flame pan finished rib eyes 3-4 years from now. Real Cab for a real value price. Load up.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    Oddly enough about a week ago I had a customer mention that we had carried an excellent Cab that was really well priced from South America and that they wanted to get another case, I told them it was the Hussonet and unfortunately we had been sold out of it for a while and no I did not know if it would ever be back. Then yesterday Joe's ears must have been ringing because he said he had the new vintage of Hussonet to taste. That is correct, Hussonet is back! The year it has all of the same qualities that people loved in 2011 but with a little more structure and length. Leafy notes of tomato lay alongside the plum and berry notes. This is not a big juicy bomb, this is a cab that exudes structure and green notes to match the ripe fruit and is finished with silky tannins. Best of all we get to keep the $10 price tag.


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