$40/bottle under the original label
Looking for fantastic Napa Valley Cabernet value? Look no further than the Alto Maipo Valley of Chile. While many of the wines from this region have skyrocketed into the triple digits (Don Melchor, Almaviva, Chadwick, Aurea, etc), the source for Lot 309 is a winemaker I have been with for many years. Very knowledgeable about the international wine market, he has a passion for working with small winegrowers who are passionate about their land but not interested in building a wine brand. I am definitely looking forward to sourcing more treasures from Chile!
And, indeed, Lot 309 is a treasure. A fantastic value, grown at 1600-feet of elevation in the low-yielding, rocky alluvial soils draining off the Andes in the Alto Maipo region of Chile. No expense was spared in the production of this Cabernet including 33% new French oak and 20-months in barrel yet is will set you back $18/bottle!
Not typically exported but this would be priced around $39-$40/bottle through traditional three-tier distribution. If you are looking for a great everyday Cabernet that is at home in a Michelin-star restaurant as it is on your dinner table, then I encourage you to grab this amazing value before its gone.
Deep purple, inky color. The nose is beautifully expressive with gobs of blueberry and blackberry fruit complexed with cassis, dried fig, and pretty spice notes. Ripe but also complex and well-supported with mineral notes that lift and carry. Similarly, the wine is rich on entry but amply structured with intense rounded ripe tannins that create a firm backbone that leads into a wonderfully textured dark fruit and creamy dark chocolate finish. Rich and ripe yet complex and harmonious, this is a tremendous value in Cabernet Sauvignon.
92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Merlot, 100% Alto Maipo Valley in Chile
33% new French oak