CIMAROSA | Winemaker’s Selection | 2012
cabernet sauvignon | syrah | carmenère


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Today we are going to review a wine that we were lucky to come by – Cimarosa Winemaker’s Selection 2012 by Christian Rojas. This is a Wine of Chile and is a blend made of cabernet sauvignonsyrah and carmenère grape varieties – a formula used with much success lately, where cabernet sauvignon forms the main base and body, syrah adds structure and spiciness, whereas carménère adds that extra smoothness and rounds up the final blend. Without any further ado, let’s move on to the tasting.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep garnet color, deep but not opaque, with shades of bright copper towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is rich, filled mostly with red fruits: ripe sour cherry, red plum, red currant, sweet cherry, cranberry, cherry tree wood, dried oakwood, nutmeg, wolfberry and dried cherry. An instant later the nose is filled with notes of red pepper, cinnamon, cherry seeds, tobacco and some nuanced hints of leather.


The wine is dry, with high alcohol level, high acidity and fine tannin. It feels round, supple and bold, with a nuanced fruity-leathery accent. This is a spicy, oaky and complex wine, which has a nuanced new-world profile. The wine has a fair overall balance and it feels muscular and well structured, with a sweet spiciness on the palate.


It has a long finish and a quite balanced, maybe just a bit astringent aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a great Wine of Chile and the overall rating says the same, with 90.8 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Conclusion: this is a wine that is just a bit over its prime form – fruity, ripe and supple, a wine that display signs of decline, yet a wine that is worth a bit more bottle ageing (12 to 24 months). We would recommend to pair this wine with spicy dishes, like for example a pepper-and-spice-rubbed rib eye steak or some spicy grilled flank steak with lime, as the spiciness in the dish will counter-balance the tannic notes in the wine and will complement almost to perfection those spicy-leathery notes in the wine. Enjoy!

WineStatistics tasting results:

Winemaker’s Selection | 2012

grape: | cabernet sauvignon | syrah | carmenère |

region: Chile | Colchagua

overall rating: | 90.8 |

conclusion: great | a must try



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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