Cousino Macul Lota 2005
Bordeaux Red Blends from Chile, South America
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot.
Deep, dark-ruby color, this wine displays complex aromas of blackberry and plum fruit with a generous amount of cassis and hints of cedar and baking spices. Fullbodied with elegant tannins, it shows luscious flavors of blackberry, currant, soy and sweet oak spices. The solid core of delicious concentrated black fruits is framed by light toasty oak and ripe tannin. The supple and seamless theme continues into the long, ultrasmooth finish A wine for roasted, or braised red meats. Also perfect paired with marinated venison, or steak au poivre.
The Wine Advocate - "This is the second vintage of LOTA, a limited production wine which has instantly become one of Chile’s icons. The 2005 LOTA is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Merlot. It was barrel-fermented and aged for 15 months in 85% new French oak. Saturated purple in color, it delivers a fragrant bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, violets, black currant, and blackberry. Layered, bordering on opulent, it offers up mouth-filling, savory fruit, spicy black fruit flavors, excellent depth and concentration, and a long, fruit-filled finish. It will evolve for 4-5 years and be at its best from 2013 to 2025. "
International Wine Cellar - "Vivid ruby. Cherry, cassis and sexy Asian spices on the nose, with musky tobacco and herbal qualities adding complexity. Deep and pliant, offering sweet dark berry and candied cherry flavors and slow-building tannins. The spicy note repeats on the finish, which is broad and seductively sweet. This is already highly appealing but there's plenty of material too; I'd give it at least another five years in the cellar. "
Wine & Spirits - "Ripened to scents of figs and dark chocolate, this opulent blend of cabernet sauvignon (75 percent) topped off with merlot fills the mouth with massive depths of flavor. The tannins layer sweet chocolate over savory nuttiness. Drink in the winter with foie gras on toast. "
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Cousino Macul Winery
In 2006, Cousiño-Macul celebrated its 150th anniversary. The Cousiño family's wine estate in Santiago was established in 1856. Five years ago, the Cousiños moved many of their vines to a new estate at Buin, and built a new winery there. Few wine producers have the opportunity to make a completely new start, incorporating the best of their age-old experience, their unique vines from their personal greenhouse and the most contemporary technology available.
As the technology continues to advance in the vineyards and in the wineries around the world, Cousiño Macul has seized this opportunity and taken a grand leap into the future. Although moving quickly into the future, they take with them the most important part of their long history - their genetic plant material that was originally brought into Chile in 1863. The Cousiño's vineyard and winery in Macul became the proudest achievement of the family. The new vineyard and winery in Buin are now in the hands of the sixth generation. View all Cousino Macul Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (CHEE-lay)Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.