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Date Printed: 12/21/2014
Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
(search item no. 94739)
collectible wine

Wine & Spirits rating: 94 points
Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
PRICE ON 12/21/2014: $44.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 James Suckling rating: 92 points
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
2009 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2008 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 94 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points
2005 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
2002 Wine Spectator rating: 93 points
2001 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points
1999 Wine Spectator rating: 92 points
1996 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aurea is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 7% Cabernet Franc. It has a dazzling ruby hue and a fresh, balsamic nose with an elegant body and complex flavors of spicy red fruit, herbs and licorice.

Outstanding with grilled poultry, mushrooms and sweet red peppers.

"One of the most idiosyncratic wines from Chile, Domus grows high up the Andean foothills in the outskirts of Santiago. The vines are refreshed by winds coming off the mountains, and capture an Andean character of eucalyptus and herbal aromas in their grapes. The wine feels soft and round, with bright acidity and a generous core of red fruit. It finishes with hints of leather and mocha. Delicious now, this will age with grace."
-Wines & Spirits

"Alluring, with mint, sage and warm cocoa aromas leading the way for dried currant, licorice, loam and coffee notes. There's plenty of grip, particularly for a 2004, with extra waves of currant and mint on the lengthy finish."
-Wine Spectator

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About Domus Aurea:

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountain Range, Clos Quebrada de Macul is recognized as one of the finest vineyards in the Maipo Valley. It is here, on the gravelly slopes of a 45-acre single-vineyard, that owners Ricardo and Isabel Pena produce their award-winning Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon.

The Peña family is committed to extremely low yields. The family's vineyards are divided into five blocks that follow the depth and stoniness of the soil, which are further divided into upper, middle and lower rows. The harvest is not determined by block or row but vine by vine. The winery also utilizes open-top fermentation and personalized oak aging cycles, selecting lots with the most character to be the first wines into French barrels.