An exploration of wine

447. Santa Rita, Cabernet Sauvignon Casa Real Maipo Valley Chile, 1999

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Book 3 Wine 447

€53; 13.5%

A different vintage from the 1997, that I also picked up whilst at Diageo. This was more appealing, more complex I think, and better balanced. Certainly in its prime now, but I’ll hold onto my 2nd bottle to see how it develops over a few more years. Drunk with Andy and Sarah over dinner, and the bottle disappeared pretty fast. Similar to the 1997 in its purity of black fruit, wrapped in chocolate and spice notes from oak. However, no element was over-dominant, and its acidity maintained palate balance. Ripe and mature tannins give structure. A pleasure.

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