2011 Chilensis Lazuli
Male Valley, Chile
Full throttle red with increasing depth as it opens and your smile broadens. Purple fruit flavors, rich earth, dark chocolate, and hints of oak and vanilla all come together in a very satisfying quaff. Definitely wants hearty fare.
91 WE; 91 W&S
$22.49 as part of a mixed case.
11 bottles available.
"Deep violet in color, this voluptious wine offers a predominance of black and blue berry fruit notes which are nicely complemented by oak derived vanilla and light toast flavors. The palate shows fine, approachable tannins and balanced natural acidity. Flavors of dark chocolate accompany the silky texture and linger deliciously on a long finish."
"40% Syrah, 20% Malbec, 17% Merlot, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Carmenere. The grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted. The fruit was gently destemmed to ensure only minimal breakage of the berries. The Syrah, Merlot and Petit Verdot were cold macerated for four days. Fermentation of all the seperate batches lasted 22 to 24 days with punch downs taking place one to three times daily. The wine was then aged for 18 months in new and seasoned oak barrels (70% French and 30% American). Prior to bottling, the wine was naturally cold stabilized and earth-filtered. 14% alc."
"91 pts ... This six-grape blend is led by Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of toasty, rooty berry fruits come with an essence of cola. The palate is layered and mellow, offering mild tannins. An oaky flavor profile includes coconut and vanilla, while the finish is spicy, mildly herbal and a touch chocolaty."
Wine and Spirits
"91 pts 'Year's Best Chilean Reds' ... Ripe red fruit flavor comes pouring out of the glass, followed by equally exuberant black fruit, making this a voluptuous red to uncork at a steakhouse. Its pointed acidity will find a welcome companion in rare filet mignon." --02/15
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