Alcance Bravura Red 2013
|Region||Chile, Maule Valley|
On the nose, this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère and Petit Verdot smells of spicy berry fruits and black plum along with chocolate and cedar. The palate is a touch drawing and tannic, but in no way harsh or impeding. Spicy black-fruit flavors include notes of olive and herbs, while the finish delivers more of the same. Drink through 2022.
The 2013 Bravura is a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Alto Maipo. It contains 5% Carmenere and 2% Petit Verdot and the vines are 11 years old planted in Pirque at 800 meters altitude at the foot of the Andes. It fermented in stainless steel tanks after a seven-day cold soak. The wine matured in French oak barrels, 35% of them new, for 18 months. This is the top of the range and shows a lot more oak than the varietal entry-level range. It's smoky and spicy, balsamic, too. It has a showy profile and a soft palate, approachable and with moderate acidity. Somehow this is more polished and sleek than the regular Cabernet but not necessarily better. 3,400 bottles were filled in September 2014.