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Thursday, May 05, 2011

2009 MontGras Bicentennial - Cabernet/Carmenére

This wine was created to celebrate Chile's 200 year anniversary of independence. It's a blend of Carmenère from the famous Colchagua Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon from the historic Maipo Valley.

The wine is 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carmenére and was aged in both French and American oak barrels for a total of 8 months.

On the nose I get aromas of blackberry, pepper, dark chocolate, oak, and a loamy-earth character.

On the palate the wine rich and spicy and shows flavors of black currant, black plum, spice, vanilla, and cedar. It's a very dry wine with some pretty hefty and almost austere tannins on the finish.

I really believe this wine is still very young and needs another year or two more in-bottle before it completely becomes harmonised. As it is right this moment it's an 88+ point wine. This score could go up with a few extra years of aging.

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