This Chilean which made the Wine Enthusiast’s top 100 of 2005 comes from the Rapel Valley and has a great color of deep purple with youthfulness right to the rim.
It has a room filling bouquet of fresh fruit and candy. Oddly, the nose is closed and tight revealing almost nothing.
On the pallet though it has rich young tannins that are still maturing with nice Cabernet flavors but it needs to be breathed. With a good half hour to 45 minutes of air, it has a unique nose which I cannot peg. The tannins need time but a very nice layer of light licorice rises up. This is a wine that is interesting (terroir?) But needs 2-3 more years to come to maturity. Never-the-less, it is pleasurable even in its infancy. I like this wine and $13, it is a wine to be sought and stored for another year anyway. Raise a glass now and lay one down!