Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon

Calcu Cabernet SauvignonContinuing with the cabernet sauvignon theme, today we’re checking out another Chilean cabernet from the Colchagua Valley province in Chile.
We’ve reviewed a few additional Calcu wines, such as their malbec and their red blend, and we’ve found them to be generally decent.  They’ve not necessarily knocked our socks off, but they’re subdue excellent.  And that trend continues with this cabernet.
While this wine is labeled as cabernet sauvignon, it also has 10% carmenere (which adds a touch of Chilean uniqueness to the wine) and 10% petit verdot (which adds a touch of awesomeness to the wine). Read more

Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2005My search for excellent cheap Cabernet Sauvignon continues with another selection from the Colchagua Valley province in Chile.  I’ve been finding a number of fascinating Cabs from Colchagua Valley and with excellent wits.  It has been characterized as the next Napa Valley as its characteristics are very similar to Napa Valley 50 years ago.  The soil, water and climate make near-perfect conditions for vineyards.Root:1  from Viña Ventisquero is a fantastic example of the exciting yet affordable wines appearance from the Colchagua Valley.
The first thing you’ll notice about Root:1 is one of the most striking and memorable bottle designs I’ve seen in ages.  There is no missing this one on the shelves.  The deep, ruby-red affect of the wine is just as striking as the bottle design.
I’ve heard a lot of people talking about Root:1 Cabernet Sauvignon and it is very well loved, although the 2005 vintage seems to be a like it or despise it wine.  Specifically, I reckon this is all due to the nose—which is very intense and a bit different from what you’re probably used to.
It’s different in that there is a strong spearmint aroma on the nose.  I found it fascinating, but a bit too intense at first which is why I would recommend decanting this one for a half hour or so previous to drinking it. That will take the edge off of the intensity.  You’ll also find currants, vanilla and a bit of leather on the nose.
The palate is double-jointed and creamy with plum, cherry, dark chocolate and cinnamon flavors.  The concentration on the palate is outstanding for an $11 bottle of wine.  It has a nice, long and silky end with hints of cedar.
I loved this bottle of wine and gave it a 90, but I can see why some people would be place off my the nose.  I’d recommend getting one bottle to try and if you like it, get some more.
Wine: Root:1
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vintage: 2005
Alcohol: 14%
Rating: 90
Fee Paid: $10.99 Read more