I seem to be feeling the influence of Basque Country all around me. First, I went to a restaurant where the proprietor and his cuisine hail from the Basque region. At the restaurant, SER, I also had some Basque wine. And now I have inadvertently sampled a bottle of wine from a Chilean vineyard whose name, Los Vascos, means “the Basques.” What an unexpected alignment of the stars and grapes!
Owned by Domaines Barons de Rothschild since 1988, Viña Los Vascos produces a full line of 4 reds (two blends, a Cabernet Sauvignon, and a Carménère), a Chardonnay, a Sauvignon Blanc and a Rosé.
Notes: This Los Vascos was dark ruby and had scents of tangy berries, earth, moss, oak, and spice in he bouquet. Medium-bodied and high in acidity, it was dry at 14% alcohol. Tannins were medium with a quick, firm grip. It took a good twenty minutes for this selection to breathe. Once it settled, I caught pepper, brambly woodiness, tobacco, camphor and red berries on the palate. Pretty decent at this price point, I think.