2011 Cousino Macul Finis Terrae Cabernet-Merlot

Year: 2011
Appellation: Maipo Valley
Country: Chile
Wine Advocate: 91
Vinous Media: 90
James Suckling: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
Price :
$19.95

LAST CALL FOR THIS 1/2 PRICE BARGAIN!!

"The 2011 Finis Terrae has a classical nose of pencil shavings, graphite, aromatic herbs and blackberries. It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged in new French barriques for 22 months, which is not really that noticeable. The palate is medium to full-bodied with abundant, slightly grainy tannins, good acidity and freshness. This is my favorite Cousiño today. 56,700 bottles produced." (WA)

"Deep ruby. Bright and energetic on the nose, offering aromas of fresh cherry, blackcurrant and peppery spices. Firm and focused on entry, with a juicy quality to its red and dark berry and spicecake flavors. A smoky nuance emerges with aeration and carries through the smooth, gently tannic finish, which shows very good clarity and persistence. This graceful wine is approachable now but also has the balance to age." (VM)

"Aromas of blackberries, wild mushrooms and tobacco. Full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. A red with finesse and length. Cabernet sauvignon and merlot. Better in 2017." (JS)

A MOST APPEALING CHILEAN CABERNET-MERLOT FOR $19.95 2011 COUSINO-MACUL FINIS TERRAE – CABERNET/MERLOT

Though there are a lot of decent modest priced wines from Chilies Maipo Valley, I very seldom fine one that I can get excited enough to sincerely recommend. Luckily I have found this 83% Cabernet Sauvigion/18% Merlot red that I can proudly urge you to try, especially at its discounted price of $19.95 (regular price is circa $25.00).

I agree with Robert Parkers reviewer of Argentine and Chilean wines, when he awards this 2011 Finis Terrae bottling a 91 and, writes, “The 2011 Finis Terrae has a classical nose of pencil shavings, graphite, aromatic herbs and blackberries. It's a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged in new French barriques for 22 months, which is not really that noticeable. The palate is medium to full-bodied with abundant, slightly grainy tan¬nins, good acidity and freshness. This is my favorite Cousiño today. 56,700 bottles produced.”

Additionally what I appreciate in this basically full-bodied wine is that it is not overly fruity and quite reminiscent of good Bordeaux. Now at its height it should easily keep well for another 5 of six years.

RATING: 92/93

PRICE: $19.95, **** bargain

WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.

(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)

Winery Notes:
WINE DESCRIPTION:
Finis Terrae is a clear reflection of the Maipo Valley terroir expressed through the finest of Cousiño's Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from each vintage. It is a blend created by tastinghundreds of combinations of Cabernet and Merlot to achieve the ideal balance of fruit, acid, tannin,alcohol and oak.

TASTING NOTES:
With a deep cherry color, the Finis Terrae showcases an intense nose of red fruit with subtle eucalyptus and spice. It also offers very elegant and discrete wood notes with clove. In the mouth it is very tasty and elegant, medium-bodied and succulent. Cherries stand out on the very long ending. Perfect for enjoying now, but can be cellared for nearly a decade.

FOOD PAIRING:
Due to its high complexity, this wine has a wide range of dishes for pairing. Possessing a great body and structure it’s a great complement for any red meat. The subtlety of aromas and flavors would be a perfect partner for Italian pastries or a potato and pumpkin gnocchi gratin with Roquefort cheese sauce and parmesan.