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Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Reserve 2012

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Cabernet Sauvignon is the classic production of Los Vascos (Chile) and is the grape that made the Baron de Rothschild (Lafite) estate famous. The Reserve is the product of the vineyard's finest plots of land. Produced traditionally and aged in French oak barrels, it is characterized by its persistent and complex bouquet as well as a fruit-foward and soft style. *The vintages all share a mature and fruity quality, fresh aromas, and a supple and fleshy structure.*

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Viña Los Vascos:
A pioneering adventure Grapevines were planted in the north of Chile in the 16th century, in the wake of Spanish conquistadors.Production expanded rapidly and the country was soon exporting to Peru, challenging imported wines from Spain. The Echenique family, of Basque origin, planted vineyards in the Peralillo area of the Colchagua province around 1750 and in the 19th century, the same family... Read more
A pioneering adventure Grapevines were planted in the north of Chile in the 16th century, in the wake of Spanish conquistadors.Production expanded rapidly and the country was soon exporting to Peru, challenging imported wines from Spain. The Echenique family, of Basque origin, planted vineyards in the Peralillo area of the Colchagua province around 1750 and in the 19th century, the same family was part of the rapid expansion that took place in Chilean wines, at the initiative of a handful of pioneers who were inspired by the French model. The first French grapes were planted in the Cañeten Valley of Colchagua in 1850 but when phylloxera ravaged Europe’s vineyards, Chile’s production increased dramatically. Vineyards went from 9,000 hectares in 1870 to 40,000 hectares in 1900. The first exports of wines to Europe took place in 1877. In 1947, production in the Cañeten Valley of the Peralillo region was reorganised and rationalised. Plots of land were cleared and prepared for planting, water supply and storage systems were put in place and cellars equipped with cement tanks were built. The “Cañetenes” wines gradually built up a good reputation. However, the land reform measures which came into force in the late 60s and early 70s put a stop to any further expansion. Domaines Barons de Rothschild-Lafite took over the Los Vascos estate (Los Vascos meaning The Basques, in honour of its Basque origins) in 1988. At the time, the property extended to some 2,200 hectares, of which 220 hectares were under vine. The pioneering ambition of DBR in Chile was above all the result of extensive research into the potential of local wines. Many properties were visited and very many wines were tasted before choosing Los Vascos, because of its location near the ocean and its exceptional soil. Along with ideal weather conditions, Los Vascos benefits from intense exposure to the sun, adequate water sources, semi-arid soils and little risk of frost. At an average of 130m above sea level and at just 40 kilometres from the Pacific Ocean, the microclimate of Viña Los Vascos has everything to produce fine wines. The new Los Vascos project included major investment under the direction of the Technical Director at Château Lafite Rothschild from 1983 to 1994. The vineyard was restructured, a replanting programme was put in place and yields were reduced. Drilling provided a plentiful source of water and a weather monitoring station was installed in the vineyards. The bodega itself was enlarged and modernised step by step to cope with the new requirements in winemaking and ageing. The refurbishment included the installation of stainless steel tanks, pneumatic presses and improvement to the barrel cellar. The aim of all the improvements to the winery and the vineyard was to improve quality and, under the supervision of Claudio Naranjo, a new team of local management was recruited. Los Vascos is now a single plot, 580-ha vineyard in the heart of a 3,600-ha hacienda. Gradually, the improvements to the property have been mirrored in the wines and the vineyard’s increasing maturity has meant that premium wines like Los Vascos Grande Réserve and Le Dix de Los Vascos have been added to the range. In recent vintages, the wines overall have shown increasing concentration and finesse. The finishing touch to the estate has been the construction of a new guesthouse, designed in the traditional Chilean architectural style. Read less

Member Reviews for Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Reserve

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Snooth User: judgelog
34584868
4.00 5
04/06/2009

Lovely nose, with cherry and raspberry aromas, and a bit of pepper. Nicely balanced on the palette, with a nice finish. Good value too at about $15 a bottle.


Snooth User: diegelfam
10150760
4.00 5
11/27/2008

Afforadable, great with grilled meat, decant and let breath a bit before serving


Snooth User: jgrootegoed
14234236
4.00 5
01/03/2012

We were introduced to this wine by the trained sommelier at our local, nationally acclaimed, culinary school restaurant. He also shared where he purchased this for home use when on sale. Promptly went there and bought a case @$9.95/btl, an exquisite value for this exquisite--for the price--wine.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,202
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 09/15/2011

deep bold nose of dark chocolate, dark fruit, currants, big! amazing with a steak dinner.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 11/16/2010

I say there is absolutely no differences between the Reserva and the regulara. This reminds me of a $10 2005 Bordeaux. Some cotton candy on the mid-palate. I would never guess this was a Cabernet. More like a south american pinot.


Snooth User: aronowm2
333343,705
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 10/03/2010

For $10 you can't go wrong with this. Very Bordeaux-like approach. I would never guess this was from Chile.


Snooth User: tabednar
949302,449
3.00 5
Vintage: 2008 12/04/2011

Dark ruby red. Aroma strong with cherries, blackberries and a touch of liquorice. Strong palate with chocolate and tobacco that is blended with oak and young tannins. Well balanced with a soft, subtle finish. Could probably use some more aging. I will try this again later.


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External Reviews for Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Reserve

External Review
Vintage: 2009 12/27/2011

Deep ruby red colour. Complex fruity nose, ripe cherries and blackberries, firm figs and notes of cedar, tobacco, cinnamon, white pepper, mint and bitter chocolate.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 05/23/2011

Supple, with toasty oak notes, sweet vanilla, cherry and light smoke flavors. Has a candylike appeal.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 05/23/2011

Light ruby. Medium-bodied. Balanced acidity. Moderately extracted. Mildly oaked and tannic. Plums, black pepper, cherries. A wine of moderate depthy and character, with vivid, persistent fruit couched in an elegant frame.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

Punchy and fruity up front, this Cab doesn't seem to be trying to do too much and thus it succeeds on many fronts. The cherry and plum flavors are clean if unspectacular, while the finish shows full tannins, some bitter chocolate and pretty good feel. Nothing out of the ordinary but perfectly fine.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

Wines like this helped Colchagua earn its Wine Region of the Year award for 2005. For not much cash you get a ripe, smoky Cabernet with black plum and cassis aromas as well as flavors of raspberry and cherry. Balanced and pure, with some vanilla and oak on the finish.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 05/18/2011

Aromas of toast and coffee give way to a firmly-textured wine with dark coffee, prune and mineral flavors. It's balanced but austere, though it might open with food Drink now through 2002.


External Review
Source: Premier Wine & Spirits
Vintage: 2008 05/23/2011

A solid, fruity Cabernet with nice flavors of plum and berry and some sweetly spicy notes on the finish. Drink now.


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Cabernet Sauvignon is the classic production of Los Vascos (Chile) and is the grape that made the Baron de Rothschild (Lafite) estate famous. The Reserve is the product of the vineyard's finest plots of land. Produced traditionally and aged in French oak barrels, it is characterized by its persistent and complex bouquet as well as a fruit-foward and soft style. *The vintages all share a mature and fruity quality, fresh aromas, and a supple and fleshy structure.*

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