For a taste of what a good Chilean winery can do with Cabernet, and not charge you an arm and a leg, this is a perennial best bet. Even better: the '99 might be the best Cuvée Al to date. The nose is deep, brambly and inviting. The cassis and herb-tinged palate features tight tannins. Finally, it finishes with vanilla, coffee and dark chocolate. Short-term cellaring will only improve it.
Moët Hennessy USA
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Spanish and South American Editor
Reviews wines from Argentina, Chile and Spain.
Michael Schachner is a New York-based journalist specializing in wine, food and travel. His articles appear regularly in Wine Enthusiast,
where he is a longstanding contributing editor responsible for South America and Spain. Schachner reviews more than 2,000 wines annually for WE
and regularly travels to Chile, Argentina and Spain to keep abreast of the constantly changing global wine map.