A well put together wine from Chile, the Vina Maquis Gran Reserva Cabernet Franc.
Sample submitted for review. The wine has an SRP of $24 but is available for as low as $17. It is imported by Global Vineyard Importers.
The label depicts a piece of silver jewelry previously used as an adornment by the Mapuches, who are local indigenous Chileans.
This wine is made from Cabernet Franc grapes grown between the Chimbarongo Creek and the Tinguiririca River on the Maquis Estate in central Colchagua Valley. The two-meter-deep alluvial soil with 35% clay content is ideal for producing Cabernet Franc grapes that are full and rich, yet display balance and elegance.
Estate Grown, Produced and Bottled by Sociedad Agricola Los Maquis
The 2018 Vina Maquis Maquis Gran Reserva Cabernet Franc begins with an enticing aroma of plum and other dark fruit with some spicy, minty notes to round things out. Thankfully there are not a lot of green notes, which I was worried about since both Cabernet Franc and red wines from Chile in general tend to be high in pyrazines.
Taking a sip reveals a smooth and tasty wine in the mouth. It features similar flavors to the nose with well integrated spice and just a hint of a green note. This is a really well put together wine.
The wine ends dry, long, a bit chewy and quite savory. I like it and it gets even better as it has some air.
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