Fast Facts on this Week’s Featured Wine:
- 2018 Secret Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile ($6.49* @Costco in California – Item #160928) *net price after $2 .50 discount
The nose has aromas of toasted oak, dried black cherry and blackberry. First sips show medium dry tannins, and flavors of blackberry, spiced plum, and oak. Dark fruit lingers on the finish. Good to sip on its own but would also pair nicely with grilled beef, pork or hearty vegetarian fare.
The really fun thing about Chilean Cabs is that you can get a wide variety of flavors on the palate depending on where in the country they originate. One should spend time getting to know the differences that Chilean Cabs have to offer. This is a good reference point.
This is a relatively young wine, thus it benefits from some time to emerge after opening. It’s a bit tight, tannic and closed just after pulling the cork, but it opens up and softens nicely. Your patience will be rewarded.
If the Secret Reserve name sounds familiar, it is because we gushed over their $5.99 Pinot Noir late last year. And if you’re eager to learn where Maipo Valley falls in the vast north-south country that is Chile, you can also find it in a prior post of ours. While this wine doesn’t limbo quite that low, it gets close as evidenced by this sign in my local Costco: