Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
|Region||Chile, Maipo Valley|
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Appearance:The wine is deep intense garnet in the glass. Nose: Black currants and blackberries. Palate: An attractive eucalyptus note mixed with fresh cigar, cedar and spicy vanilla followed by a layer of blueberries, mineral and spice finishing with smooth, refined tannins.
2019 was warmer and especially drier than 2018, and the 2019 Domus Aurea, produced with 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, hits the scale at 15.5% alcohol and retained 3.69 grams of unfermented sugar. The grapes underwent a five-day cold soak and fermented in stainless steel, and the wine went through full malolactic in new oak barrels (the best lots) and stainless steel and matured in 225-liter French oak barrels, 80% of them new, for 20 months. It has the textbook notes of mint and eucalyptus, intermixed with exotic spices (cola nut and Jamaica pepper), quite aromatic, with notes of crème de cassis and good ripeness. It has the Domus character from the mountains and the stones with that dry sensation and austere palate. 29,333 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2021.
Aromatically engaging, with eucalyptus and briny olive notes paving the way, while river mint nuances dance around a rich core of blackberry and cassis. Lengthens out nicely midpalate, with iron-tinged minerality, singed orange peel and cocoa notes arriving on the finish around thick but well-integrated tannins. Distinctive for its savory qualities, but will have fans. Drink now through 2035. 1,800 cases imported.
The Tasting Panel
Dried heather and black peppercorn add to the savory boldness of this single-vineyard, old-vine cab. With dusty tannins and a chewy texture, it possesses a meaty middle of blackberry, balsamic, and plum skin that leads to a remarkably generous and lengthy finish.”
Aniseed, cumin and black fruit aromas are found in the glass of this aromatic red. On the palate, it's smooth, balanced, and flavorful. It displays intense notes of blackberry and plum, with hints of spices. Silky tannins and vibrant acidity provide a good structure. The finish is long and delicious.
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