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O'FOURNIER 09 CENTAURI
Item: #381525
Bottle Size: 750ml
WS: 91
WA: 91
$19.99
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O'FOURNIER 2009 CENTAURI CABERNET FRANC & CARIGNAN

WINE SPECTATOR 91 POINTS - “An ambitious red with smoldering cocoa and espresso notes coating the dark plum, currant, and fig fruit. But this is polished and integrated, with alluring tobacco and loam notes filling in on the finish.”

WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2009 Centauri Red Blend is composed of 45% Cabernet Franc, 25% Merlot, with the balance Carignan and Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in French oak. In the glass it is full-bodied, dense, layered, and long. Relatively forward, it can be approached now but will drink well for a decade. It is an outstanding value."

José Manuel Ortega from O. Fournier seems to be just about everywhere in the Spanish speaking world. After 3 years of searching for land in Chile, José Manuel settled on the remote and southerly Maule Valley of Chile, buying two parcels of old vines for his estate. These photos show you what he found—parcels of 100 year-old, ungrafted Cabernet Sauvignon planted next to parcels of Cabernet Franc that are up 120 years-old. It’s hard to pin-point something like the oldest Cabernet vines making wine today, but in our many years tasting wine and meeting winemakers, we’ve never heard of any Cab or Cab Franc this old. The “Centauri” uses these old vines as its base with 45% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon blended with 25% Merlot and 10% Carignane. The result is a uniquely Chilean blend that is smooth textured and brightly perfumed with scents of violet, lavender, black pepper, and star anise.
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