Posted by: Dallas Lawrence | December 27, 2010

A Superb 90+ Rated Chilean Cabernet Just In Time For The New Year

I love surprises! And as someone who has opened and tasted literally dozens upon dozens of mediocre, to down-right awful budget red wines over the past year in search of those elusive “great finds”, I am rarely surprised these days. I am pleased to say that today’s wine review is a true exception!

I appreciate a wine that is direct and to the point, and the 2007 Cousino-Macul Antiguas Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon does not disappoint. The 100% cabernet sauvignon hails from one of the most consistent value red wine producers in the world and their 2007 does the family proud. Full bodied with mouth grabbing tight tannins and a wonderful spiced blackcurrant flavor filling each glass ensures that this Chilean beauty will please just about every red wine fan on your shopping list.

Apparently I am not alone in my appreciation for this enjoyable budget red. Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate ranked this little gem a 90+ writing that the “The 2007 remains one of the finest Cabernet values anywhere (the price has remained unchanged for years). Fragrant black currants and blackberry aromas promise complexity with several years of additional bottle age. Nicely structured on the palate, this elegant, Bordeaux-like Cabernet will evolve for a minimum of five years and drink well through 2025. If there is anyone delivering more bang-for-the buck than Arturo Cousino and his namesake winery Cousino-Macul, I’d like to know about it.”

For my fellow Costco connoisseurs, this wine is an unbelievable steal for $13.

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