LCBO Sale Wine of the Week: October 4

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Errazuriz 2015 Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)

Sale $16.95, Regular $19.95
Discount (until October 8): $2.00
LCBO #335174 | 750 mL bottle

Tastes like: Pretty and powerful black berry fruit, cherry, plum, cassis, and soft vanilla spice. A touch of green pepper and a savoury finish.
Pairs with: Steaks, beef stew, eggplant Parmigiana, burgers, roast birds, semi-hard cheeses.
Good for: House wine… or weekend wine.
Drink: Now to 2022.

Why we're drinking this
The Max Reserva line from Errazuriz is a consistent favourite for us, and a popular LCBO staple. At three bucks off, it’s a real steal. The 2015 vintage has a softer, rounder feel than past vintages — it’s very easy to like. Along with Cabernet Sauvignon, there is 10% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, and the wine was aged 12 months in oak barrels, 25% new. The grapes come from Chile’s Aconcagua Valley, a prime spot for Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine has been scored 90 points or above by James Suckling and Robert Parker.

Tasting note
Pretty floral and fruity notes and flavours of plum, cherry, cassis and black berries. There’s an herbal element, too: green pepper, menthol and some green herbs. It’s quite delicious and balanced. The acidity is well integrated, the tannins are soft and the texture is fluid and pleasing. It’s not quite the powerhouse one would expect. Rather, it’s an elegant, softer take on Cab Sauv. And very well done.

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Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon

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