2018 Casas del Toqui Barrel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Cachapoal Valley, Chile
A former ELS Club wine! This is one of the most delicious, easy-drinking Cabs we've come across for under $20. Chile is a great place to look for value.
100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Fermented and aged in oak barrels for 8 months.Very complex nose with hints of tobacco, spices and black fruits, and a soft hint of vanilla. Balanced with firm but silky tannins, good body and with a long and very persistent finish.
In 1994, Château Larose Trintaudon, a major French wine producer from the Bordeaux region, partnered with a traditional wine producer family from the Totihue region in Chile and together they founded Casas del Toqui Winery. In 2010, their legacy was recaptured by the Court family who has a great passion for wine, contributing and adding their own unique and distinctive seal to the company. Rapel Valley is a large wine-producing region in Chile's Central Valley. Made up of the Colchagua and Cachapoal valleys, the area produces roughly a quarter of all Chilean wine. The warm, dry region makes a wide range of wine styles, ranging from everyday wines to some of Chile's most expensive and prestigious offerings.
92 Points – James Suckling. “This has a leafy and gently lifted, rose-like floral edge with red-apple and cherry aromas, leading to a gently grainy palate that carries plenty of ripe-fruit flavor. Drink or hold.”
91 Points and Top 100 Best Buys of 2019 – Wine & Spirits. “A quiet, blueberry-scented Cabernet with a lovely herbal hum to the tannins, this is warm and spicy, its flavors pure. This delivers a lot of simple pleasure at the price."