Impressive Chilean Red: De Martino Legado Cabernet-Malbec Reserva 2010

Impressive Chilean Red: De Martino Legado Cabernet-Malbec Reserva 2010

During last night’s virtual tasting held at, I was introduced to an impressive 2010 Cabernet-Malbec Reserva from the Chilean winery of De Martino.

de-martino-legado-cabernet-malbec-2010Snooth 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


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Joel Mack has worked for a celebrated importer / distributor of Italian wines and continues to study the wines and winemaking of Italy. He has advised many restaurants in making their Italian wine list selections and has provided training to restaurant staff. Today, Joel conducts wine classes and leads specialized private and corporate tastings of Italian wines. Joel carried out his higher education at a highly regarded College of Music and continues to extend an artistic point of view to Italian wine, balanced with factual information about wine, its nature and identity. By day, he applies his time to collaborative software technology. Joel can be contacted at joel at vintrospective dot com.

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