LCBO Vintages Release
Winemaker Rodrigo Soto leads the production of Primus wines. He works closely with Álvaro Espinoza, pioneer in organic and biodynamic practices in Chile. The 2013 is composed entirely of Cabernet Sauvignon from the well-drained alluvial soils of the Maipo Valley in central Chile. The late-ripening varietal was introduced to Chile in the 19th century, and it flourishes in the Maipo’s warm, dry climate and long growing season.
Grapes were hand-picked and double-sorted, fermented, then left to macerate on their skins to extract deep colour and flavour. Only the best lots were selected to spend 12 months in French oak, 25% new.
This is a lively, generous Cabernet with aromas of red currant, dried cherry, fig, and spicy oak. On the palate, cherry, raspberry, and blueberry are complemented by a silky texture and fine-grained tannins.
“Aromas of currants and blackberries plus hints of mint and spearmint. Full body, fine and silky tannins, and a fresh, clean finish. Pure cabernet that’s harmonious and delicious now.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, July 2015
“The 2013 Primus Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from 30-year-old vines in Puente Alto in Maipo, the classical zone for Cabernet Sauvignon in Chile. This is the only wine they produce from purchased grapes, in this case from a producer called Mariscal who has 30-year-old vines on the alluvial terrace of the Maipo River. This is fermented in open-top tanks with indigenous yeasts. They want softer and more drinkable wines in the Primus series than what the line used to be in the past. This has all the classical descriptors of Maipo Cabernet, but in a subtle way, none of the aromas sing in a higher voice and there is good balance and harmony. The palate is medium-bodied, with very good balance, drinkable and approachable.”
90 points, Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Dec 2015