Vino de Eyzaguirre Cabernet Sauvignon
Vino de Eyzaguirre Cabernet Sauvignon

Vino de Eyzaguirre Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
How cool is a burlap wrapped bottle. The last time I saw anything wrapped in burlap it was the whiskey samplers the Jimmy Russell folks sent us for a virtual tasting. I bought this one at Wine World while I was looking for one of my under $10 specials. This one came in at around $8.99 I think. I’m digging around for the receipt and can’t find it just yet.
To be honest I always open a “California” type varietal from Chile and Argentina with some trepidation. My palate, like many others, have come to expect Cabernet Sauvignons to taste like…. California. Often the Cabs from South America tend to be a bit more minerally or dry… or behave like many of the Italian and French wines that should be consumed with the appropriate food.
So, I handed the first glass to Mrs. Dan. There was a long silence which often is a bad sign. Eventually said “It’s good but I think it is better with something sweet like the baked beans.” Now you have to understand. Mrs. Dan makes a killer baked beans that is loaded with brown sugar. She had just had a nibble when trying this wine.
Vino de Eyzaguirre Cabernet Sauvignon
Vino de Eyzaguirre uses burlap on lots of their red wines

This is indeed a dry wine with some fairly strong tannins. A bit minerally when first opened. Now that it has been open for about an hour the fruit is more apparent. If you want one of the over the top extruded California Cabs don’t buy this wine. I tried it with some of the homemade salsa Mrs. Dan made with peppers from the garden. That made the fruit jump out a bit. At first the flavor is very black pepper. After it opens up the peppery taste subsides but it still has a slight mineral hint. It leaves the tip of your tongue very dry on the finish while the back of your mouth is tasting some fruit.
I’d almost swear the aroma is of burlap. The label says in the early days of the Chilean wine industry this wine was transported by horse drawn cart and was wrapped in burlap to protect it during the journey from breaking and from the Sun. “That protective traditional endures to this day.” I remember buying a burlap wrapped bottle from Chile once before for a Masters Photographers’ Party some years back but I thought it had more of an Anglo name to it. Might have been from the same winery.
The tasting notes from their website say: “Dark, violet red. Aromatic profile features fresh and dried cherry plus dried plum, with intriguing notes of dark chocolate and mint. On the palate, the wine is rich, well balanced and approachable with a long, smooth finish. Recommended food parings: grilled or roasted meats, and full-flavored dishes with complex sauces.” It also says this spends all its time in stainless steel and the bottle.
It’s also something that most California Cabs are not: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
After reading the notes I went back for a last sip. I think the mint description is apt. I often think of mint as being sweet because of mint julips, but mint gives a sweet drink balance. Without the sugar it tends dry the taste buds a bit. I would agree with the mint description.
All and all I wish I could try this with some suggested foods. As a standalone sipper I think my taste buds need to be in the right mood and tonight I think they were. On another night, when maybe something else is being nibbled on I might not like this wine. Tonight I give it a thumbs up. Mrs. Dan liked it and that’s always a good thing for me.
From: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Winery: Eyzaguirre
Year: 2007
Score: 3 Corks
Dan’s Rating System:
1 Cork: Put the cork back in it and let the cat use it as a scratching post
2 Corks: Save it as a second pour of the night
3 Corks: Sit back and enjoy after a long day behind the keyboard.


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