Chile Cabernet Sauvignon De Martino Legado Reserva 2004 is aged in French oak barrels for 18 months. This concentrated Chile Cabernet has ripe, smooth tannins that fill the mouth. The attractive color of De Martino Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Legado Reserva is deep and intense with hints of purple. On the nose there is an abundance of spices such as cloves, vanilla and cinnamon, which it derives from the oak-aging. These aromas complement the aromas of red fruits, figs and black cherries that are typically associated with this variety. In the mouth this Chile Cabernet Sauvignon has well-balanced tannins that are ideal for those who enjoy a full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon accompanied with grilled meat. This Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley is a blend of grapes from different types of soil, one alluvial and the other colluvial, which results in a wine that represents its origin, with aromas that recall red and black fruits, and a palate with excellent body and persistence. Serve at 16�C (61�F).
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The De Martino family has been producing wine in the famous Maipo Valley of Chile for almost 70 years. The wines reflect the area�s terroir, resulting in big, rich, extracted flavor. Delicate use of oak adds complexity, but the strength of De Martino wines is in their fruit. These wines are concentrated and elegant, each with a distinctive personality. The De Martino winery has received a flurry of recognition from Chile�s most prestigious wine guide, the 2004 Guia de Vinos de Chile, which singled out De Martino winemaker Marcelo Retamal as �Winemaker of the Year� and named the Legado Sauvignon Blanc, Legado Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere as the top wines in their categories.
RATINGS: 88 Points - Wine Enthusiast
"With this wine, De Martino has again proved that it is very capable of producing quality wines at all price points. This Cab features attractive cedar and earth notes along with brooding fruit, while the palate is all about controlled generosity: It shows tannins, black cherry and active acidity."
88 Points - Wine Spectator
"Slightly firm, with sage and cedar notes running through the currant, loam and coffee flavors. There's good depth on the finish, even if this is a bit brawny in style."
91 Points - Wine & Spirits Magazine
RECOMMENDED - Decanter
"Spicy, fresh and quite vibrant"
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - International Wine Cellar
"Inky ruby. Primary, grapey aromas of blackberry and candied plum. Youthful and tightly wound, with pure, sweet cassis and dark cherry flavors nicely supported by solid tannic structure. This should be interesting in a year or so."
De Martino Legado Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2004 Information:
Chief Winemaker Marcelo Retamal
Oenologist Philip Muller
Oenologist Adviser Adriana Cerda
Variety 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Origen Source Maipo Valley
The soil profile is a mixture of clay, sand and gravel providing an excellent and deep root system.
The harvest was done by hand at their optimum phenolic maturity, beginning April 3 with a cold maceration for 8 days, which began the fermentation, temperature was controlled between 26 to 30 degrees C during the first two thirds, then in the last third controlled at 22 � C. After fermentation maceration was done by the 28th day, the wine was aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.
This Chile Cabernet is of very intense and deep color, with shades of ruby red, is attractive and seductive to the eye. Spices like clove, vanilla and cinnamon that are provided by the barrels, which very well complement the red fruit, figs and black cherries taste of the variety. In the mouth it has excellent tannins suitable for those who enjoy Cabernet Sauvignon with a grilled meats, lamb and duck in a spicy sauce. Drink now or within the next 5 years. Serve at 16 � C.