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Monday, April 1, 2019

April Wine Pick: Chono Single Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Chono Single Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

April is going to be an awesome (and strange) month on the blog! Malbec World Day is April 17th so I've got plenty of Argentinian wines to review leading up to the day. I'll talk a little about the popularity of rosé. Then there's going to be Sake, wines from Gascony, Armagnac, canned wine, recipes, and more original memes. Also, Distill Wars will be making a glorious (and dangerous) return with Tequila.

Oh yes. It's going to be a fun month. And it all kicks off with my Wine Pick!

The Chono winery is named after the Chono tribe of Chile, of which there is not much information available. Charles Darwin said they were one of the bravest native tribes and the only to resist being conquered by the Spaniards. In 1946 writer Benjamín Subercaseaux Zañartu claimed that they were still surviving as an uncontacted tribe.

Chono the winery was founded by Alvaro Espinoza in 2004. Their goal is to make wine from Chile’s most interesting appellations. Each farm is carefully selected, allowing the different varieties to express themselves at their best with all of their varietal character and fruit potential.

The 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon is from Maipo Valley. It underwent a five day cold maceration at 50ºF, then a ten day fermentation at 75ºF to conserve the fruity flavors and prevent over-extracting the tannins. It saw a post-fermentation maceration of twenty to twenty-five days for greater volume and density, malolactic fermentation occured while it aged for twelve months in French and American oak barrels, and then six months of bottle aging. The final ABV is 13.5%.

The color of the wine is ruby red. Cranberry juice leads the nose, backed up by plums, cigar box, ancho chili peppers, and rose petals. It's medium bodied with a lush mouthfeel and grainy but soft tannin. There's flavors of black cherries, plums, dark chocolate, and black tea. The cranberry juice from the nose comes back to join chocolate and graphite on the delicious, lip-smacking finish.

Please, I beg of you, put the Carnivor back on the shelf. Get this excellent example of an $11 Cabernet instead. You will not regret it.

Price: $11
Rating: 4/5 = Recommended (what does that mean?)

The bottle used was purchased by myself for the purpose of this unpaid review. To have your wine reviewed follow this link.

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