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2016 Aquitania "Lazuli" Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley SKU #1489887

Price: $29.99

VN 93 WE 91 W&S 90
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K&L Notes

93 points, Tim Atkin "Picked before the heavy rains that marred the 2016 vintage in central Chile, this Alto Maipo Cabernet Sauvignon has notes of mint and camphor, grassy undertones, layers of cassis and fresh tobacco, fine tannins, subtle oak and racy, refreshing acidity."

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Staff Reviews

  • Kirk Walker
    By: Kirk Walker
    8/4/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    Aquitania is a wine project that I am shocked that I didn't know about. I am shocked that this has not been a staple here at K&L. What happened when Bruno Prat (Chateau Cos d'Estournel) and Paul Pontallier (Chateau Margaux), Ghislain de Montgolfier (CEO of Bollinger Champagne), got together in the Maipo Valley, Aquitania is what happened. Great French wine making and agronomy meet a great new world terroir. A place where New World ripeness and richness exists with classic earth, tobacco and spice of classic Bordeaux. This wine is the perfect combination of a great Napa Cab and a Great Bordeaux both from the 90's. I know that this dates me but there is something about this wine that scratches that perfect nostalgic itch for both wines at the same time. It is aromatics start Bordeaux all tobacco and spice and slowly reveals a darker berry Cabernet fruit.. It is complex and just a little reserved. The palate is just the opposite; the fruit pops! Deep intense, but not overwhelming fruit coats the palate and is then followed by a subtle spice, herb and other savory elements. The fruit is fresh and the wine has great structure but neither the tannins for the acid have an edge. The fruit, spice and herbs get intertwined with a bright earthy element on the very long finish. This is a wine that wants to be paired with a meal, but if you open it before hand, there might not be enough for dinner. Complex, forward and intriguing. This is a Cabernet for any style of Cabernet drinker.
  • Chris DePaoli
    By: Chris DePaoli
    8/4/2020
    K&L Staff Member
    For a realativly new-kid-on-the-block this Maipo Cabernet is where it's at right now for that high-end, old-school feel, with leather and pepper and fruit all wrapped up in a tightly-wound herbal core that seems primed to unwind beautifully over the next half-decade; though it's drinking incredibly well now with some air. Get one for a special dinner, get two for a friend that has great taste, or get a case and keep opening them over the next five as they develop. For the OG's and the Real Ones.

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