A big, fruit forward, juicy cabernet sauvignon from Chile isn’t something I’ve had in years. They had a good run in 2007-2008 but it’s been an uphill battle ever since. Was pleasantly surprised with this bottle.
Glad to announce Spinelli remains one of the LCBO’s great bargains. If you aren’t a big malbec fan (personally I’m not after all the misses I’ve had with them) give this a shot because it’s not in the traditional style. Much more fruit forward and jammy, almost like a Merlot-Cab-Malbec mix.
This bottle scored extra points because of the price and wide usage as a bottle to open any day of the week or bring over to dinner at a friend’s place.
Overall a fairly well rounded blend, although the two varietals together made me lean towards a merlot; since the shiraz’s pepper notes weren’t announcing themselves loudly. Medium oak and rich plum were the center of attention in this bottle.
The bottle says this wine has won a few Asian awards…maybe my food pairing was wrong…lemme know!