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 2014 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, 20% 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.
“Using grapes from two growers, both in the Alto Maipo, this is a classically well-balanced, aromatic Cabernet with plenty of cassis and red berry flavours, fine-grained tannins, subtle oak and a minty flourish. Alvaro Espinoza is the consultant here. Drink Date: 2018-2026”
9e points, Tim Atkin Chile Special Report 2017
“A fine and silky red with fresh mint and herb as well as light currant aromas. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a clean finish.”
92 points, JamesSuckling.com, May 2016