Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
There's a lot going on here, but not much is pleasant. I have had very good Chilean Cabernet, so I was expecting more, especially considering its 89 rating from Wine Spectator. For me, it was a strange combination of tastes that just didn't mesh.
I liked the nose—nice dark fruit and vanilla—which did not match the palate. I enjoyed the initial fruit, which mid-palate turned slightly sour. The finish started peppery, but ended bitter. I aerated it, thinking it would improve, but it remained a confusing jumble of missed potential.
Veramonte Cab is a story about unfulfilled promise. Whether tasted with or without food; on the first sip or on the second glass; or with or without aeration, it was never as good as its aroma suggested. As the wine washed over my tongue, I detected some nice strawberry notes, but the finish was always vaguely sour. I realize the wine is young, but I'm not sure it would ever mature into something I would celebrate.
- Producer: Veramonte
- Region/Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Chile
- Grape Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage: 2013
- Alcohol: 14.5%
- Price: $10
There are some good Chilean Cabs out there. This is not one of them.