Épico Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

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Épico Cabernet Sauvignon

Épico Cabernet Sauvignon

I was really pleasantly surprised to find this well-made Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon at a startlingly affordable Price.    The Épico Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 (made by Odfjell Vineyards) is deep red-garnet in color.  An initial whiff finds red and black fruits of stewed plum and blackberry jam accented by cedar, cinnamon and clove.  After fifteen to twenty minutes of aeration the wine really starts to develop some complexities, the note of cedar becoming more reminiscent of cigar box with hints of green and dried tobacco leaf.  There’s also a rich, deep note of cardamom, and all of these aromas combined with the jammy fruits notes soon had me thinking of Christmas fruitcake and plum pudding.  All in all the Carménère is more obvious in the nose than the 10% indicated on the label.  The wine is rich on the palate with a nice streak of inky cassis complementing the jammy fruits, but a good level of acidity keeps the wine balanced.  The rich flavors end with a satisfying note of dark roast coffee beans.  Pair this wine with a range of grilled savory meats and sausages, and hearty stews.  Serve at a temperature of 16 – 17ºC / 61 – 63ºF.  This wine is a tremendous value for the suggested retail price of S/. 18.00!

For the detail-oriented:

Épico Cabernet Sauvignon
Origin:  Maipo Valley, Chile
Vintage:  2006
Grapes:  90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carménère
Alcohol:  13.5%
Bottle size:  750 ml
Closure:  Natural cork
Suggested retail price (Peru):  S/. 18.00
Drink: now

About Gregg Smith

Gregg Smith is an American sommelier certified by The Court of Master Sommeliers living in Lima, Peru, and serving as director of the wine and bar program at Central Restaurante.
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3 Responses to Épico Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

  1. Pingback: Épico Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 | El Blog de Vides y Vinos

  2. Josh Winters says:

    Is there any way to get this wine in the US? I fell in love with it while in Peru in December and have been unable to find it anywhere. I’d love some assistance in locating it. Even if I can find an importer that will ship a few cases to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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