Miguel Torres, Maipo Valley (Chile) Cabernet Sauvignon “Cordillera de los Andes” Reserva Especial 2017

($22, Miguel Torres USA):  Miguel Torres has vineyards throughout Chile to match grapes with areas particularly well suited to them.  The grapes for this one come from the Maipo Valley, an area renown for top Cabernet Sauvignon.   Very aromatic, this Cabernet has good weight and delivers a mix of dark black fruit interspersed with spicy savory notes.  Reticent at first, this youthful wine expands after a half hour in the glass. It finishes with a delightful trace of bitterness in the finish.  The 2017 was far more complete and better integrated compared to the 2018 when tasted side-by-side, which suggests, unsurprisingly for a wine of this pedigree, that a little bottle age is essential.  That said, it is delicious now with grilled beef.
92 Michael Apstein Mar 16, 2021