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2007 Yali Cabernet-Carménère

By Brian @WineInMyGlass

I bought this wine a while back at a local wine store for $8. I frequently will check out the Chilean wines since they are typically fairly inexpensive, and I really like Chilean wine. Yali is one of the Viña Ventisquero brands, and I’ve had a Ventisquero wine before that I really liked.

After purchasing this wine, I looked up reviews on CellarTracker, and I was a bit concerned with the low scores that some people were giving it, and I wondered if I maybe made a mistake in purchasing this wine. We’ll soon find out.

The nose has plums, cherries,  and black pepper. It smells like a good wine.

The palate starts with dark fruits. There’s some black pepper mid palate, with a bit of smokiness as well. Nice oak and good tannins on the finish. Well balanced.

I definitely disagree with the low scores that it got on CellarTracker, but I also noted that those ratings were given in 2009. This wine as had two more years in the bottle, and perhaps that additional aging has corrected some of the perceived faults or shortcomings. In any case, I think this is a great wine, and another example of the great value in wine available from Chile.

Buying this wine was definitely not a mistake!

This wine gets a “Very Good” rating.

Wine Details
Producer: Viña Ventisquero
Vintage: 2007
Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Chile
Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 70%, Carménère 30%
Alcohol: 13.5% ABV
My Rating: Very Good


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