2011 Domus Aurea Vina Quebrada de Macul Cabernet Sauvignon
Maipo Valley, Chile
$48.59 as part of a mixed case.
'11 eta mid-January
"Made with a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Cabernet Franc. Very dense and deep dark ruby purple. The nose shows a lot of deepness and personality with vibrant balsamic and mineral characteristics. Fresh blackcurrants, plums and blackberries are enhanced by dried herbs. The noble barrel aging gives harmonious tones of precious woods, cigar box and soft spices. A subtle minty nose with licorice cherries rises in the background and promises nice times to come. The mouth offers impressive texture and structure. The frame of fine and tight tannins gives even more density to the yet natural richness of the flesh. It also adds a lot of depth, making this 2011 edition a quite vertical wine with great aromatic brightness. The still tannic finish already shows the entity to come though: even if patience will be necessary, sweet and spicy wild berries are here and of course, the typical Macul identity. Drink 2015 - 2028."
"Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, Clos Quebrada de Macul is recognized as one of the finest vineyards in the Maipo Valley. It is here, on the gravelly slopes of a 45-acre single-vineyard, that owners Ricardo and Isabel Pena produce their award-winning Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon. The harvest is not determined by block or row but vine by vine. The winery also utilizes open-top fermentation and personalized oak aging cycles, selecting lots with the most character to be the first wines into French barrels. Aged for 20 months in French oak, 80% new with varying degrees of medium toast."
"94 pts ... Even the 2011 Domus Aurea had been in bottle for a while, as it was bottled in March 2013, a little later than previous vintages. The process was similar to previous years, with a little longer elevage in cask, up to 18 months. The wine is really young, and the menthol, which is a constant in Domus Aurea and a character that shows when young, shows here in quite a subtle way. The wines then close up and this menthol disappears and resurfaces with time in bottle. Right now the nose is beautiful, quite primary with meaty fruit, very good ripeness and balsamic aromas; it is showy, attractive and open. The palate shows great balance and harmony, with sophisticated tannins, good freshness and acidity. You might have difficulty deciding between this 2011 and the 2010, as both are great vintages, but today I give the edge to the 2010. It will be interesting to follow their evolution. 2011 was also a lower-yielding year, and it produced 22,813 bottles. Best 2016 - 2030."
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