Wine Review - 2012 Vina La Rosa La Capitana Barrel Reserve Cab Sauv/Merlot: Wow That's A LOT of Words
On to the wine...
We love the value that Chilean wines bring to the table. Great wines at great price points. Carménère, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabs, and Chards are all good from Chile. Chile has a number of wine regions in the country and this wine hails from the Cachapoal Valley which is a region we are not that familiar with. Regardless, this is a great wine.
The wine is very bright purple in the glass. Reminiscent of Carménère in colour there is a very slow journey of the legs rolling down the glass. This makes you think that it would be syrupy but it really isn't. The interesting visual is a clear halo around the edge of the glass. A very unique wine visual and kinda cool.
The nose is super oaky and hot which to say it has a bit of a punch you in the face bouquet. That gets followed up with blueberries and a faint barnyard sensation which we like. It is super interesting though the hotness is just a bit much. We'd prefer a slap to a punch.
The flavors are pure Chilean wine in our minds. Deep and round tannins that enhance a very dry wine. Back to the boxing reference, this wine punches above its weight. It is a well balanced wine with not too much heat or acidity and some elegance in the mouth. Add in black currents and blackberries with the oaky undertones and it is a great tasting wine. Really unique and tasty.
|Sight (0-5)||Bright purple, slow legs with a clear halo edge.||4.25|
|Smell (0-5)||Heavy oak and a hot nose, blueberries, and barnyard.||4.25|
|Taste (0-10)||Mouth drying and round tannins, good balance, black currents. and blackberries.||8.75|
|Total:||17.25 / 20 (86.25%)|
The QPR on this wine is really high with a $19 price point locally. We've notice that the local stores have picked up Vina La Rosa's Carménère. So that popped on to the radar just now.
Keep on tasting!
Chris & Shannon