Made with a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. The 2009 Domus Aurea is a shade of deep garnet in color and has an elegant balsamic nose with hints of eucalyptus, truffle and black cherry. Aged for 18 months in new and used French oak and another 18 months in the bottle, Domus is powerful, concentrated, and balanced, with vibrant and well-integrated tannins. Outstanding with grilled lamb, mushrooms and sweet red peppers.
"Vivid ruby. A heady, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, apricot, orange zest and violet, plus vanilla and mocha overtones. Pliant, appealingly sweet blackberry and cherry compote flavors show very good depth and vivacity, with a bitter chocolate nuance appearing on the back half. Closes sweet and very long, with resonating spiciness and a touch of anise."
International Wine Cellar
"A traditional Alto Maipo cabernet, this grows in the hills of Macul, where it takes on the Andean scents of spice, cherries, menthol and herbs. In a warmer year like 2009, the Andean cool is complemented by ripe aromas and sweet, liqueur-like scents. Pour it with lamb."
Wine & Spirits
"Even if this Cab shows eucalyptus on the nose along with asphalt and olive aromas, the bouquet is complex and true as far as high-end Chilean Cabs go. A saturated, syrupy body reflects a hot vintage, while baked flavors of earthy fruits, beef soup and chocolate qualify as stewy but tasty."