Review: 2012 Cono Sur Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

By Duane Pemberton
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Cono Sur is one of the larger wineries I visited on my trip to Chile back in May and I couldn’t help but be impressed by its commitment to both organic farming and releasing value wines. This Reserva-class Cab represents – in many ways – why I think so many American producers are having a hard time competing in regards to quality-to-price ratio.

Review: 2012 Cono Sur Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

Technical Data:

  • Blend: 86% Cab, 4% Carmenere, 5% Syrah, 2% Merlot and 3% Malbec
  • Appellation: Valle del Maipo
  • pH: 3.66
  • Residual sugar: 4.5 g/l
  • TA: 5.64 g/l
  • Alcohol: 13.9%
  • Price: $18

On the nose: A nearly sublime Cabernet experience for the money as it combines most everything I adore in this grape. Tobacco-laced cherries, raspberries, cola, pepper and jerk-rub.

On the palate: A killer combination of fruit, tannin and acidity – I get all the notes on the palate that I picked up in the aromas and that’s a great thing. Good complexity and everything I adore about wine in this glass. Easily one of the best red wines you can find for under $25.