Cousino-Macul Dama de Plata Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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Tasting Notes

The nose provides  blackberries along with smoky, leathery notes and a touch of mint.  The palate is beautifully textured and structured reminescent more of a Bordeaux Cabernet Sauvignon than a California Cabernet. Alongside black fruit the palate offers notes of graphite, forest floor, and savory herbs. It is integrated and layered. It is medium to plus in body with supple tannins and a persistent finish.



Cousiño-Macul was founded in 1856 and is the only 19th-century winery in Chile still owned by the founding family—after 150 years and seven generations.  The original vineyard was located southeast of Santiago, with shallow, sandy soils atop rock.  It was planted with vines brought to Chile from Bordeaux by Luis Cousiño in 1860.  Cabernet and Merlot came from Pauillac in Haut-Medoc, and Sauvignon Gris came from Martillac in Graves.  As the city of Santiago expanded, it completely surrounded the original Macul estate, so the family started looking for a new vineyard site.  After a two-year search, in 1996 they purchased 750 acres in nearby Buin with conditions similar to the original: similar soils and climate as well as proximity to the Andes (which provide snow melt used for irrigation).  The new estate was planted over 10 years using own-rooted massal selection vines from the family’s nursery.  All Cousiño-Macul wines are made from estate grown fruit and are vinted and bottled on the property. 


Food Pairing Suggestions

Grilled preparations, Hearty stew, Mushrooms, Red Meat

Chile , Maipo Valley
Grape Varietal:
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah/Shiraz, 10% Malbec
$20.00 each