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Los Vascos Reserve 2014

Member Review by judgelog:

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.

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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 Reserve

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Snooth User: judgelog
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 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
Vintage: 2012 11/27/2008

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


Snooth User: jgrootegoed
14234236
4.00 5
Vintage: 2012 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
1783064,217
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 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: 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: tabednar
949302,467
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 Reserve

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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.


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Vintage: 2008 01/03/2012

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


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2008 04/12/2011

A beautiful ruby colour of average intensity. Its nose exudes ripe aromas of strawberry and black cherry accompanied by a pleasant touch of jam and chocolate. In the mouth, it is fresh, gentle, consis


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Source: CityWineCellar.com
Vintage: 2008 05/07/2010

The color is intense ruby with fine brilliance and orange nuances. The nose explodes with fruit: black cherry and blackcurrant (Cabernet), strawberry (Malbec), raspberry (Syrah), plum light mint and black pepper (Carmenre). The oak contributes delicious aromas of tobacco, cinnamon, and crme brle (vanilla, caramel and chocolate). The rich and creamy taste is fresh and very intense, well structured and finishes with a fruit intensity of raspberries and cherries accompanied by a touch of liquorice and walnut skin. It is very dynamic and still very young. This juicy and luscious wine is delicious to taste now but the tannins still need to mature for a while before it becomes ideal for drinking.


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Vintage: 2008 01/11/2013

Shows pepper and tobacco notes backed by light cherry and rose petal hints. Drink now. 15,000 cases made. -JM Brilliant red ruby color. Deep and pleasant mature fruit such as dark cherries, blackberries and plums. Notes of raspberry jam, candied fruit and white chocolate. Spices of black pepper, nutmeg, bay leaves and cloves. Sweet and round tannins. In the mouth, there is good volume, structure and balance. A good classic. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

The herbal, almost ethereal aromatic character contrasts with a rough, severe texture. A juicy tenderloin will bring it into balance.


External Review
Vintage: 2008 09/27/2011

Full, rubbery and robust on the nose, with earthy berry aromas. The palate shows cassis, cherry and raspberry along with spiky, zesty acidity. Herbal, savory notes accent the finish, and overall this is a medium bodied Cab with lively fruit and freshness.


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