2018 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Maquis $20

Right down the middle in many respects, with fidelity to the variety and nothing out of place. But it's definitely more than that; rounded texture with medium-full-bodied fruit and medium density, making it approachable. Chilean in its levity and bule, green, and red components, but there's also a distinct spice pack that Northern California wine lovers will find familiarity in. 89 points

A 90% Cabernet Sauvignon topped off with 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Carmenere and 1% Petit Verdot, all from a vineyard in the Palmilla DO, a low-lying area of Colchagua where the Tinguinirica River merges with the Chimbarongo estuary. A clay-rich layer of soil sits atop a seam of gravel that, despite the higher temperatures of the area, results in a fresh, ripe red with a range of red and black fruit, voluminous tannins and a granulated texture from the clay soils.