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Derek - Thu, February 21, 2013

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Colchagua Valley

Owned by the Eyzaguirre-Echaguirre Family

Tasted in Santiago

2002 94 2013-18

Cabernet Sauvignon 70% Syrah 15% Carmenère 10 % Merlot 5%

The nose has charm fragrant floral leafy slightly nutty with mix of bramble and red fruits. There is sweet fruit on the mid palate with a fresher feel at the back fragrant, elegant and long.

2003 95 2013-20

Cabernet Sauvignon 68% Syrah 15% Carmenère 6 % Petit Verdot 2% Merlot 9%

The black fruits on the nose are rich and ripe with the sweetness filling out the start of the palate. There is mid freshness with a leafy spiciness the hint of tobacco that comes through at the back giving both charm and elegance.

2004 94 2013-20

Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Carménère Merlot Petit Verdot

There is a lot happening on the nose the mix of black fruits underpinned by a herbal leafy character. Black plum enriches the mid palate backed by some rich black cherry and balanced by bilberry freshness.

2005 95 2013-22

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% Syrah 30% Carmenère 3 % Petit Verdot 2% Merlot 5%

The nose is deep and brooding with lots of rich fruits. There are layers of flavour black fruits tending to dominate the mid palate rich lush with ripe tannins but towards the back fresher red fruits lighten the richness. The finish has a leafy herbal green pepper character with a touch of peppery spice.

2006 96 2014-25

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% Syrah 30% Carmenère 3 % Petit Verdot 2% Merlot 5%

Ripe black plum gives richness and depth on both nose and palate. The fruit is sweet the tannins ripe and the richness of the fruit packing out the mid palate. Cassis gives richness bramble and bilberry freshness layers of flavour and the finish has an attractive touch of black and white pepper.

2007 95 2013-24

Cabernet Sauvignon 60% Syrah 35% Carmenère 3 % Petit Verdot 2%

The nose is rich deep fruited lots of brooding black fruits. Blackcurrant is underpinned by damsons with firmer black cherry at the back. The richness of the fruit fills out the mid palate and although the tannins are firm they feel ripe giving a supple richness on the mid palate. The layers of fruit at the back give lots of complexity.

2008 95 2015-26

Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Merlot Petit Verdot

Damsons and black cherry give depth of flavour on the nose and a powerful start to the palate. The fruit on the mid palate is rich with a lovely depth of flavour the cassis tending to dominate the back palate. The bilberry and bramble freshness adds to the complexity and gives a lighter more elegant finish.

2009 97 2015-28

Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Merlot Petit Verdot

The flavours are concentrated a mix of black fruits that enrich the palate and fill out the nose. The tannins are fine giving structure but not dominating and the dark chocolate on the mid palate helps to enrich. The finish has the richness of black plum yet the freshness of bramble and bilberry.

2010 96 2014-24

Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Merlot Carmenére Petit Verdot

There is a lovely brambly freshness about the nose slightly herbal with some rich sweet fruit at the back. The palate has depth full of cassis and black cherry the middle fleshy and supple with ripe black plums, dark chocolate and liquorice all supported by fine tannins. At the back ripe damsons and black cherry give richness bilberry and bramble freshness lots of complexity with the sweet fruit fleshing out the finish.

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