Cousino-Macul Antiguas Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon is the more expensive sibling of the ubiquitous cabernet from Cousino-Macul that you’ll find all over town for $8 to $10 a bottle. Aside from being made from select cabernet grapes grown at the family-owned vineyards planted in 1932, this wine is aged 14 months in oak barrels, which is said to impart a richer, more complex set of flavors and aromas than the less expensive, unoaked wine (which itself is a great value, especially when on sale for $6 to $7 a bottle).
Fortunately, like the entry-level Cousino-Macul, the $18 Antiguas Reserva can frequently be found on sale around town for $13 to $15. And right now – albeit just through today in Montgomery County – the 2009 vintage is on sale in DC, Maryland and Virginia at the same time. Well, technically, the $12.99 price at Total Wine stores in Virginia is the everyday price, but sales at Calvert Woodley and Chevy Chase Wine in the District and at Montgomery County Liquor stores make this bargain available throughout the Washington area.
“On the lighter side, with cherry, currant and tobacco leaf notes that glide easily through the finish,”agreed Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth, who scored the wine 84 points, still at the high end of the “Good” range on Spectator’s scale.
“The wine lacks the concentration and structure of the better years but is still a solid wine as well as an excellent value,” added Miller, recommending that it be consumed over the next four to five years.
The lighter style of the 2009 vintage may mean that the Anitquas Reserva won’t evolve with age as have the four previous vintages that Miller scored all 90 points or better. But most wine drinkers don’t have the patience to cellar their purchases anyway. And with barbeque season fast approaching, this is a perfect red to have on hand to accompany everything from steaks and burgers to delicately grilled vegetables.
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