Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Marchigue 2004 Reserve Cabernet Franc/Petiti Verdot (Chile)

It's winter, and that means it's time to dig deep into the cellar to see what kind of finds we can locate to warm up our cockles; hibernation does that kind of thing to a person.  This evening I opened up an odd Chilean blend of Cabernet Franc (80%) and Petit Verdot (20%) - not a combination of grapes you usually see standing on their own.  Upon opening it was a little harsh, both on the nose and the palate - so I decided to give it a little time and a little aeration.  With a pour through my VinOair I was able to achieve something closer to what I was hoping for:  the nose had smoky tobacco notes along with some cedar and cinnamon ... and it continued to get pleasant the more it opened.  The palate had an ebb and flow of interesting fruit flavours - dried and sweet - that reoccurred after each two or three sips, it materialized between the cedar and cinnamon notes that seemed to be ever-present.  The finish was enticing with licorice and mocha which was very tasty almost made the wine worth every sip ... the only drawback was the dry cigarette ash linger which left a little something to be desired, but it meant you had to keep sipping to keep those pleasant flavours going - that way it was only the last sip you had to endure the ashtray on.

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