Red

N.V. Viña Valdivieso Caballo Loco No 5

Red Blend

  • Chile
  • Curico Valley
  • Lontué Valley
Drink between 2004 - 2016 (Edit)
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Community Tasting Notes 5

  • ikkaariainen wrote: flawed

    November 6, 2016 - Even the top of the cork was moldy...I canNOT believe the current condition of all 4 of these wine bottles...

  • ikkaariainen wrote: flawed

    October 24, 2016 - Totally corked - cork was visibly disintegrating even before attempted instrumentation.

  • ikkaariainen Likes this wine: 87 points

    September 28, 2016 - Much better bottle then the previous bottle - in retrospect 1st bottle prob more flawed then I recognized. Perfectly drinkable and still enjoyable but clearly a bit over the hill at this point with loss of fruit and primarily secondary flavors present but in no way flawed or corked, just old. This bottle remains a reasonable QPR. No need to decant at this point and would definitely recommend drinking up any remaining holdings. As previously mentioned this is overall a very interesting wine, consistently one of the flagship bottlings from Chile's Valdivieso region and done in a typical sherry "solera" style with each bottling 50% that year's new blend and 50% from the ongoing solera so by definition this is NV - this #5 crazy horse edition was released in '04 with the 1st release (and start of the current solera) being in '94. Soft, deep red with bricking, medium bodied, acids present but tannins gone as well as most of the fruit gone and very little aftertaste. Nose soft and bright with acid, some red cherry and smoke with the flavor profile at this point somewhat acidic, minimally fruity and primarily of evolved secondary more earthy flavors of granite, earth, leather and grilled meat. Hard to recommend this wine since at this point it is clearly a bit over the hill and not where this wine was intended to be. 3-5 years ago I think I would probably have rated it 2-3 points higher.

  • ikkaariainen wrote: 82 points

    September 26, 2016 - Disappointed with this wine based on initially somewhat high expectations - 1st of 4 bottles acquired at our CC cellar clearance sale and hoping this is an off bottle and not actually indicative of the current condition of this wine, if next one not much better may designate the last 2 bottles for cooking. This bottle is not a good QPR wine even at our significantly reduced price point. A very interesting wine, consistently one of the flagship bottlings from Chile's Valdivieso region and done in a typical sherry "solera" style with each bottling 50% that year's new blend and 50% from the ongoing solera so by definition this is NV - this #5 crazy horse edition was released in '04 with the 1st release (and start of the current solera) being in '94. Dark red with some bricking, thin, medium bodied, relatively little fruit left and thus surprisingly acidic and no significant aftertaste detectable at all. Nose thin, sharp and acidic with little fruit and some black pepper present. Very little fruit left on the palate as well although dark cherry was notably present - flavor profile more acidic then expected with more secondary earthy notes of granite, leather and tobacco present. This wine was not initially off or corked or actually flawed in any way although by the 2nd night it was despite refrigeration - just hoping this was an off bottle and that the remaining bottles are truly not this far past prime / over the hill. Not recommending this wine right now based on this 1st bottle - hope to be able to change that with next bottle.

  • RaphaelMalago wrote: 82 points

    November 27, 2015 - A very good and acceptable wine. But not mind blowing, It just ages without impressing. Bottle wuite tired. Last of 12.

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  • By Chris Kissack
    May 2004 (link) 17 points

    (NV Valdivieso Caballo Loco Number 5 (Lontue)) It's been a little while since I last tasted this premium cuvée from Valdivieso. Over two years a little has changed in terms of colour, which has faded from a youthful, glossy, purple to a glossy red-black hue. At first it makes no great impression, but this wine needs time to open out. Jammy red fruits deepen, developing into sweet, smoky, blackcurrant character with an edge of chargrilled meat. Medium bodied, with lovely extract, and an earthy, sweetly ripe, slightly brawny character to the fruit. And best of all, balance and elegance - good qualities indeed. Still a little tannin through the midpalate so will improve over two to three more years without doubt, and should drink for longer than that. A real pleasant surprise here.

  • By Chris Kissack
    January 2002 (link) 16 points

    (NV Valdivieso Caballo Loco Number 5 (Lontue)) This wine has a dense, but bright and glossy purple hue. Sweet blackcurrant fruit on the nose, with a youthful coffee aroma. The palate, has power, some structure, but is fairly sweet and simple at this stage. Nevertheless the structure belies a clear resemblance to the previous wine, and this has to be the Number 5. There is lots of youthful glycerol, oak, balanced acidity and tannin. Has some potential.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage N.V.
  • Type Red
  • Producer Viña Valdivieso
  • Varietal Red Blend
  • Designation Caballo Loco No 5
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Chile
  • Region Curico Valley
  • SubRegion Lontué Valley
  • Appellation n/a
  • UPC Code 7802180089256

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  • In Cellars 27 (49%)
  • Consumed 28 (51%)

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