• papabluez wrote: 90 points

    August 21, 2022 - I think these need 10 year aging. Or, long decant & better on day two--bitterness much reduced then and one can get the typical Cab Franc notes--actually a rather nice mouthfeel. Needs grilled meat or charcuterie.

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  • Martin_G wrote: 91 points

    July 15, 2022 - As a summer wine this really excels. Had with bbq asian pork.

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  • wmccone54 Likes this wine: 89 points

    December 24, 2021 - A really tough act to follow after the 2005 Le Macchiole Paleo enjoyed earlier. As pointed out by others, many of these Chilean reds exude some tell tale aroma and flavor “markers”; to me I smell upfront sour, charred soil, mixed with asphalt and a heathy dose of sewage. Unfortunately, these distractions can mask much of the varietal fruit character. Even with decanting, it takes quite some time for the pure fruits to show. Eventually the raspberry, cherry, red currant, tobacco and chocolate start to evolve. At five plus years this seems youthful; it might improve with further cellaring.

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  • Aparritz Likes this wine: 91 points

    October 6, 2021 - This was fun but still too young. It never quite opened up and may perhaps be in the “awkward” phase. I expect another year or two would do this wonders. Quite enjoyable now though.

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  • chbeaumont wrote: 87 points

    May 27, 2021 - bright, rubied core; hint of brett, lead pencil, blackcurrant; heady red fruits, stalky, lean; very long. Time should help.

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  • Arsene Wengert Likes this wine: 91 points

    November 20, 2020 - In der Nase dunkle, dunkle Beeren (Cassis), röstig, Tabak. Im Mund nicht fett, mit Säure. Aroma ist da, süße Beeren. Hinten raus viel feines Tannin.

    Am 2. Tag im Duft Sandelholz, Erde, konzentrierte, sehr dunkle Beeren, Würze klar im Vordergrund. Im Mund fein, überhaupt nicht fet,t, mit nicht viel aber wohltuender Säure. Viel Tannin, etwas Beeren aller Couleur. Gute Länge.

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  • mpdonnel wrote: 88 points

    August 5, 2020 - Had a glass from coravin, and then remaining bottle over the course of 4 hours. I thought it was over-oaked, had a decent nose, but never opened up and had very little fruit on the palate. Possibly needs more time, but I'm not a big fan where it's at right now.

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  • Cadby Does not like this wine: 86 points

    August 1, 2020 - Journeyman effort. Working hard, but instability undermines. Meh

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  • Zoltán Németi Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 1, 2019 - New wave style done in the right way. No funk, no faults, just the lack of the usual sweet and smooth New World taste. A vinous character I often miss in it’s peers. The nose is classic Chile, though: powerful, ripe and fruit forward, with peach, mango (uncommon notes to red wines, but I always find them in Chilean ones) and dark berries. A full yet unforced palate – it’s juicy, fills every corner of the mouth. And it’s dry, I love that. And what an amazing, serious tannin structure builds towards the finish! This is built like a top Madiran or Brunello rather than Chilean reds – that’s where it wins me over. A firm, serious wine, with immense depth and concentration. It’s so nice that I even forgive it the lack of varietal character.

    Blog post: https://screwcapped.com/exciting-chilean-red-wine-garage-wine-co-las-higueras-cabernet-franc-lot-82-2016/

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