Impressive Chilean Red: De Martino Legado Cabernet-Malbec Reserva 2010
During last night’s virtual tasting held at Snooth.com, I was introduced to an impressive 2010 Cabernet-Malbec Reserva from the Chilean winery of De Martino.
Snooth Editor-in-Chief, Gregory Dal Piaz, played host to Marcelo Retamal, winemaker for De Martino, who discussed the wines and region at length. Clearly a terroirist, Retamal proved to be an especially interesting guest with an international perspective.
De Martino Legado Cabernet-Malbec Reserva 2010 is a 50/50 blend of the two varietals, produced from estate-owned organic vineyards located in Chile’s Maipo valley. The wine is aged in x-passage barrels of French oak.
I can see this wine as a great cross-sell for anyone who appreciates the elegant florals and polished tannins that good Chianti Classico has to offer. Merlot lovers, too, I think, will respond to this wine’s round softness in the mouth, as will Cab fans for their fix of typical Cab spice.
BTW, if you have not attended a Snooth virtual tasting, I suggest you immediately amend your ways 😉 I found the Snooth virtual tasting experience packed with information, delivering great insights from the winemaker as well as good perspective from the tasting audience.
Tasting Notes / Impressions:
Stylish, sophisticated personality, perfumed of red fruit, florals, notes of tobacco, spice. Soft, round, sexy palate, a wine to love in the mouth. Polished tannins on the finish. Stunning, especially considering the ~ $18.00 price point.
Food Pairing Suggestions:
Fire up your grill to throw on something simple yet elegant. Consider: a good rib-eye served with herb butter sauce; perfectly pink grilled lamb served with chimichurri sauce; grilled-bread panino with Gouda cheese, bacon and tomato; Vegetarian? Do the grilled-bread panino with Fontina cheese, mushroom and sage.
For more about the De Martino / Chile wines and tasting, visit Snooth here