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2015 DOMUS AUREA MAIPO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

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Clos Quebrada de Macul was one of the first to plant Cabernet on the steep, low-yielding hillsides in Chile, and for years their fruit was sold to top producers in the area, becoming the most expensive fruit on the market. Proprietors Isabelle and Ricardo Peña recognized their grapes’ potential to create the best Cab in Chile, and in 1996 they introduced Domus Aurea. The wine occupies the role of Chile’s leading Cabernet and has for years. And it has the scores to back it up.

Domus Aurea hails from the winery’s 45 acre Estate Vineyards in Chile’s Maipo Valley region. They planted their vineyard in 1970 to 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot, Cab Franc, and Petit Verdot.

Taking things to an even higher level in 2003, the Pena’s hired Jean-Pascal Lacaze as the lead winemaker. Jean-Pascal was born in France and trained in Bordeaux, and he’s now one of Chile’s most sought after consulting winemakers.

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2015 DOMUS AUREA MAIPO VALLEY CABERNET SAUVIGNON

 “I tasted two vintages of one of my favorite Cabernet Sauvignons from Chile, starting with the 2015 Domus Aurea, which was cropped from a warm and dry year they told me was similar to 2012. This always contains other varieties, but it’s always at least 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and therefore is sold as a varietal wine. In 2015, the balance is 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot and 2% Cabernet Franc. It fermented with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak barrels, 48% of them new, for 16 to 18 months. The 2015 and 2016 vintages could not be more different, and the wines clearly show the style of the vintage. This 2015 is much more expressive and immediate, open, aromatic and extroverted, and it shows its true colors from the moment it’s poured. It’s nicely built, powerful but elegant and balanced, with pungent flavors and very fine tannins. This is a classical expression of DomusAurea and Maipo, with clear notes of balsam and herbs.”
95 Points
“Deep ruby color with spice present on both the nose and palate. Luscious and balanced with ripe plum flavors, it’s among Chile’s finest.”
93 Points, Anthony Dias Blue, May 2019
“This grows at Ricardo and Isabel Peña’s vineyard in the foothills of Macul, a 45-acre parcel above the land that the Cousiño family once farmed, that historic site now gone to housing. This remains prime cabernet terroir, as showcased in Domus Aurea’s cool Andean style. The 2015 is quiet and mannered, with firm black-currant juiciness and eucalyptus scents that bring to mind the trees at the vineyard’s edges. The chocolate notes of oak add to the saturation of the texture, the wine needing bottle age to fully evolve toward elegance.”
93 Points

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Weight 3.2 lbs
Dimensions 11.5 × 3 × 3 in

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