2015 Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley (Previously $15) SKU #1342674

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A partnership between a few famous Bordelais with deep expertise in winery management, Aquitania references the historic southwestern French region of Aquitaine, whose history ties closely to that of of wine and - in particular, Bordeaux. Bruno Prats (famous for his management of Cos d'Estournel), Paul Pontellier (Pontet-Canet) and Ghislaine Gondolfier (Champagne Bollinger) have joined forces here in a prime Cabernet growing region of Chile, creating this lovely, French influenced wine.

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  • Muriel Sarik
    By: Muriel Sarik
    K&L Staff Member
    I really like this wine. I haven't been this impressed with a cab under $20 in a very long time. It's a perfect union of New and Old world Cabernet. It's got the fruit and spice of New world with the structure and mouthfeel of Old world. I still can't believe it is only $14.99
  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    K&L Staff Member
    Alto Maipo might be the bridge that connects the structure, presence and poise of left bank of Bordeaux to the ripe and pure fruit of the West coast of the Americas. I can smell and taste that connection, I will let the physcist try to explain how this particular is made and maintained, (and don't cop out with Bordeaux train French enologist and that the vineyards are in Chile, that is not fun and too easy!) This has ripe high-toned red Cabernet fruit, think Pauillac or Spring Mountain, and a savory mountain scrub/herbal note. The wine is dry, French dry not CA dry with a slight edginess to the tannins but with a nice finish for red fruit and dusty earthy tannins. This is dinner wine, not a cocktail wine, and it requires 30 mins or more in a decanter to really open up and show you what it is all about. A good wine, a great bridge from the new world to the old.
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a Chilean Cabernet with some serious character! From first pour, the Aquitania gives indication of It's uniqueness: light in color and extraction, with more red and garnet hues than dark ones. Bracing, sharp aromas of roasted pablano and shishito pepper seem to leap from the glass, nestled in a cloud of stewed strawberry and all spice. The bone dry palate is Chilean Cab through and through, with light but firm tannin, and slightly gamey flavors of lightly smoked meat, dried red currant, paprika, cayenne and dusty cocoa powder.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    This is a great value in Cabernet from any region. Indeed, some identifiably Chilean bell pepper and sweet tobacco are present on the nose and palate, but it's all wrapped up in big, beautiful Cab fruit including black cherry, black raspberry, cassis, and some subtle cocoa. Superb wine, especially for the price.
  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    I find this wine to be a great middle ground between the richer, softer Cabs of California and the savory, structured ones of Bordeaux. The bright fruit notes really stand out in this Cabernet and the accompaniment of some herbal and gravely notes balance it out beautifully. It doesn't exhibit too much heft, instead tending toward the easy drinking, juicy red fruit style. Super tasty and an easy choice for the price.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Alto Maipo, the highly coveted portion of Chile's most important Cabernet growing region, is generally a source of fruit for Cabs that retail for upwards of $30, often times going for multiples of that price point. There is definitely something to be said for the alluvial, gravelly soil and relatively higher elevation that this sub-zone is famous for; it makes wonderful Cabernet. The Aquitania has delicious fruit expression, though what stands out most for me are actually the aromatics, red fruited and rather subtly leafy, with hints of black currant as well. Coupled with an elegant and persistent palate, this is what well made Cabernet based wine is all about.


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