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Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

It’s been a while since we commented on a wine, mostly because I’ve been struggling with various food allergies – which meant I kept my wine drinking to a single glass at a time.  Food sensitivities can manifest themselves when you drink wine, making you get uncomfortably hot, and/or flush a horrible red colour, which can stay with you for hours.  But today, I said to Dave “Let’s be adventurous and finish the whole bottle.”  Which means we start to wax lyrical about the wine, if it’s anywhere near decent. And because the food allergies are under control, aside from a bit of silliness, the wine hasn’t affected me too bad.

This is a very decent wine, for a very respectable $17.95.

She said: For me, it’s got  lots of berry in the mouth, a bit of mushroom or truffle on the nose, and a nice peppery finish with a bit of tannic backbone (translation: I smell something earthy like mushrooms, taste lots of berry flavour, and it’s peppery once I swallow it, but doesn’t strip the finish off my mouth).  It would be nice with everything from cheese to meat, although it seems to be doing just fine with golf on the TV.

He said: Very pleasant, not too bold, would good go nice with a steak, great value.

She said:  Quit gushing!

The details:

  • Vina Tarapaca Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
  • Maipo Valley, Chile
  • 14.5% alcohol

The 2013 vintage is also available for $17.95 at LCBO.