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2004, Santa Alicia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Review 

Over All Rating - "Highly Recommended"

2004, Santa Alicia Cabernet Sauvignon ReserveWhere we got it and how much it cost. 

At a local boutique wine shop called Wine Styles for 9.99 but you can often find it at many retail outlets for 7-9 dollars.


Where is this wine made. 

At Santa Alicia Vineyards in Pirque, Chile in the Maipo Valley

 

General Impression of Santa Alicia Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2004

This is a really nice Cabernet Sauvignon and for under 10 bucks is it is simply outstanding.  Chile has really been producing some excellent wines and this one is among the finest I have yet to sample in the 20 dollar and under price point so it definitely gets a highly recommended from me.

It has nice but not over whelming tannins that will pair it well with hearty beef and steak dishes and it have a wonderful taste that makes you want to take a trip to Chile to see what other wonderful wines are hiding in the Chilean mountains and valleys.  This is not the best sub 10 dollar cabernet but it is very good and an excellent over all value.

 

What Flavors and Aromas are Most Dominant or Evident In This Wine?

There is a lot of dark fruit and a bit of leather.  Certainly I taste black cherry and that alcohol warmth is nice at the finish but the dominant fruit flavor and aroma is blackberry with almost a brandy like quality to it.  This wine spends 6 months aging in oak and it shows through with a nice toasty flavor and vanilla. 

 

What foods will this wine go well with?

Red meat is the perfect compliment to most Cabs and this time is no exception.  You simply can't go wrong pairing this with steak or lamb.  

 

What's Grapes are In Santa Alicia  Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, 2004?

100% Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Who Is Going to Enjoy This Wine?

This is not a light wine by any means but it is not as big as many Cabernets.  So a lot of folks that usually stick to Pinot Noir or Merlot will be able to move up to this one with out feeling over whelmed by tannins.  This is a wine is really perfect for people who like to drink real reds on the heavier side but don't want to go to the extreme.

 

What Does the Bottle or Vintners Web Site Say About this Wine?

From the Bottle: Deliciously complex, rich and polished, exhibiting rich plum, blackberry and spice, offering also flavors of chocolate and vanilla.

Very complete and elegantly styled, finish with ripe, integrated tannins.

 

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