Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
|Region||Chile, Maipo Valley|
Wine AdvocateOne of the best, most classical Cabernet Sauvignons from Maipo, the 2014 Domus Aurea contains some 6% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. This wine is always balanced and elegant. In a dry year like 2014, they think the key was sensitive irrigation without excess to keep the plant with enough water supply to get through the summer without stress. It comes from a plot of vines planted ungrafted in 1970 in the outskirts of Santiago, and it's always vinified in a simple and traditional way; the wine is fermented with indigenous yeasts after a 12-day cold soak and aged for 16 to 18 months in French oak barrels, 80% of them new. 2014 is a great year for Domus; it has the notes of mint and eucalyptus, intermixed with hints of spices (cola nut and Jamaica pepper), and it's quite aromatic, with cassis aromas and good ripeness. It has the Domus character, which is what they search for, as well as the wild character from the mountains and the stones, with that dry sensation and somewhat austere palate. It reminds me of the 2010, which was also a superb year and a textbook Cabernet from Macul. 24,491 bottles were filled in January 2016. This wine is always aged for a minimum of 18 months in bottle (often a lot longer) before it's released.
Wine SpectatorLusciously spiced, featuring a deep well of dark fruit flavors that are flanked by alluring accents of dried mint. Mocha, cream and dark chocolate details show on the sculpted finish, with cigar box notes. Drink now through 2021. 2,600 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastAromas of wild brush and herbal berry fruit include notes of leather and juniper. On the palate, this is more lugubrious and syrupy than in the past. Blackened berry, chocolate and charred flavors precede a finish with lingering burnt toast flavors and excess weight. Drink now; this lacks the acidity and structure for aging.
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