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2009 Vina Ventisquero Cabernet Sauvignon Grey Single Block Trinidad Vineyard Maipo Valley
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91 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - May/June 2012

(includes 6% petit verdot):  Full ruby.  Intense, spice-accented aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, cured tobacco and rose oil, with suave vanilla and cracked pepper notes gaining strength with air.  Juicy, penetrating red and dark berry flavors are complemented by notes of vanilla bean and licorice, with a spicy quality contributing back-end cut.  Closes with very good energy and focus, leaving sweet cherry-cola and smoke notes behind.

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02/28/2013
by Manager13436222
This Cabernet is a thrilling “best of the best” effort that drinks more like a $40 bottle than a wine that sells for half that. The Ventisquero “Grey” Gran Riserva is pulled from the best vineyard block within the best Cabernet site that Ventisquero owns. With more than 4,000 acres of vines spread across several top appellations in Chile, Ventisquero has a lot of choices. Winemaker John Duval, known for his long career making Penfold’s best wines Grange, 707, and more . . .), was brought on to make this top tier even more impressive than the rest of the line. There is not only more depth here and mocha flavored French oak, but the Ventisquero “Grey” captures intriguing layers of terroir ranging from floral delicacy to spicy black pepper and sweet tobacco leaf.

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Virtually every wine region in Chile benefits from proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the cooling Humboldt Current that flows up from the South Pole. Although Chile extends more than 2,000 miles from north to south, its grape-growing regions are clustered in the center of the country, where rainfall is concentrated during the winter months, and where an absence of fungal diseases makes for relatively carefree grape-farming.
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Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon built its reputation on Bordeaux's Left Bank. Here, in the district of Medoc, the varietal is the key component of blended wines that also may include some Merlot and Cabernet Franc, and even Malbec and Petit Verdot. Moving slightly south, Cabernet Sauvignon meets Merlot in roughly equal proportions in the red wines of Graves. In both of these Bordeaux regions, the top bottles...
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