Well it was a classic Saturday where I went over to Mishawaka to Costco to pick up a few things, including some wine. I tend to find some interesting and value priced wines over there and tonight I have an interesting one from the Maipo Valley in Chile, the 2014 Perez Cruz Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva. South America offers a nice variety of wines, perhaps the most famous being the Malbecs of Argentina, but I've found that Chile produces some very high quality Cabernet Sauvignon, so let's see how this one stacks up!
The wine is a deep purple at the center with bright ruby along the edges. The nose is a rich combination of leather, oak, green grass and a hint of rosemary over subdued note of ripe black fruit. The taste a rush of ripe, jammy fruit, blackberry, cherry and currant this at first is more reminiscent of a Zinfandel. The fruit transitions nicely to some wonderful earthy mineral notes of tar and graphite midpalate. The tannins, while young are quite subdued, but still provide nice structure to the long, smooth, dry finish.
Overall, I would rate this wine a solid 8, it's drinking nicely now and might improve a bit over a few years, but it was also a great value at just $12! This wine would be good with steak (as I'm proving tonight) but would also be great with barbecue, tacos, or a nice pasta dish. Tonight I'm enjoying it with a prime sirloin grilled rare, with some grilled veggies and potatoes. Cheers!