Gandolini Cabernet Sauvignon 3 Marias Vineyard 2011

Maipo, Chile
Chairman’s Selection
PLCB Code# 78023

The 2011 Las 3 Marias Vineyards, from a very low-yielding vineyard (one kilo per plant) aged for 21 months in new oak French barrels, is a pure Cabernet Sauvignon with very ripe notes of blackberries, cassis, graphite, subtle mint, sweet spices and black pepper. The tannins are abundant and fine-grained, but the palate is extremely balanced, built for the long haul, a ripe, elegant Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink 2014-2021.
93 Points Wine Advocate, June 2014
This reminds me of a really good Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon. There’s just a hint of mint and cedar spice on the nose, as well as restrained, savoury-edged blackcurrant fruit. The palate is focused and fresh with great balance and concentration, lovely restrained blackcurrant fruit and a minerally, savoury core. The oak (21 months in French oak barrels) is well integrated and the hallmark of this wine is exceptional balance.
93 Points Jamie Goode 4/14
Aromas of dark berries, tobacco and tar. There is a lot of ripe black cherry and blackberry fruit with minerals and mild oak.  I appreciated the abundant tannins, but there seemed to be an excess of acid to me that detracted from the finish.
90 Points Bob’s Bulletin

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