Decanter magazine recently published a list of the Top 30 Great-Value Chilean Cabernet Sauvignons in the “Last Tastings” section of its website. Viña Tarapacá’s Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 placed on this list, with 17.5 points out of 20, or in other words: 91 points.
The acclaimed magazine’s tasting panel described it as “a clear representation of Maipo, this comes from different areas within the valley and shows velvety texture, refreshing acidity, a generous layer of red fruit and black pepper. Ready to drink now but it will improve with some ageing”.
Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 is a blend of 19 different lots, originating from distinct areas in the Maipo Valley. In addition, 3% comes from Alto Cachapoal and 4% is from the Aconcagua valley. The final blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot and 6% Syrah, which lends complexity. The wine was aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months before blending, and it was then filtered, but not clarified, before bottling.