I was blown away by this wine when I first tasted this fantastic Cabernet. The next in our series of Alto Totihue releases, Lot 312 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon will knock your socks off with its sophisticated power and nuanced richness and structure. Tasted blind, you would be forgiven for thinking this was an altitude-driven Cabernet from either Atlas Peak or Mt. Veeder.
Frontlining here in the US at $45-$50 and priced at just $25/bottle, it is an incredible value you would be paying $75-$100+ for if you were to purchase a similar quality wine from the aforementioned Napa Valley sub-AVA's.
Even more compelling is the fact the 2017 and 2018 versions have scored 92- and 93-points from the Wine Enthusiast and both vintages have scored 92-points from British MW, Tim Atkin (not to mention consistent 94-point scores from Chilean wine guide, Descorchados, for the 2017, 2018, and 2019). Having tasted the 2018 along with the 2019, I am confident its fair to say the 2019 is every bit as good.
Deep ruby, opaque in the glass. Complex, fresh, and well-delineated bouquet of dusty damson plum, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and cedar are embraced in a blackberry and rock perfume. Plush and chewy on entry but beautifully structured with mineral-coated tannins loaded with black cherry, blackberry and cassis fruit and plenty of barrel-toast. Finishes long, generous and ethereal with a persistent dance of fruit and mineral. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% Estate fruit, Alto Totinue, Cachapoal Valley 33% new French oak 14% alc.