Tarapaca Cabernet Sauvignon Review

Watch our 60 second Viña Tarapaca Cabernet Sauvignon review, and read our full tasting notes, pairing suggestions, and more!

Through Sunday, 12/2, Tarapaca Cabernet is on sale for $11.99 per bottle – a $5 savings over normal pricing!

Viña Tarapaca cabernet sauvignon review

Viña Tarapaca has been making wines in the Maipo Valley of Chile since 1874. They focus on making high quality red wines at moderate price points, and have worked hard to earn certification for being a sustainable winery and vineyard operation. In fact, they are the first winery in Chile to install a mini hydroelectric power plant on their property to help generate clean power!

I personally enjoy Chilean wines because they seem to straddle a line between the stereotypical New World style and the traditional Old World style. Chile’s unique climate, influenced by proximity to the ocean, and the Andes mountains creates a unique growing environment, and creates a unique Chilean flavor. If you haven’t tried Chilean wines lately, you really should check them out!

The Tarapaca Cabernet has ripe, black fruit aromas that are reminiscent of a wine you would purchase from Napa Valley. In addition to these dominant notes, there are tobacco leaf and herb accents that are more reminiscent of a red Bordeaux wine. The body is medium, not over powering, and there are pleasant fine grain tannins on a moderately long finish. There is 10% Syrah blended in this wine to help add those rich, smooth flavors, and a portion of the wine is aged in new oak barrels.

The Viña Tarapaca Cabernet Sauvignon is normally priced around $16-20, and is a good bottle for, if not every day drinking, drinking on a regular basis. I think the wine perfectly shows off the “between two worlds” style of Chilean wine that I described early, and would be a good introduction to Chilean Cabernet for anyone interested in trying new styles of wine.

Viña Tarapaca Cabernet sauvignon food pairing suggestions

This is a very versatile food pairing wine, but my favorite pairing with this wine is with grilled steak. Normally, I don’t always love Cabernet with steak, especially grilled steak, as I think Cabernet is a bit too dry, but the addition of 10% Syrah makes this wine a bit juicier, and great with steak. The richness of the wine would also pair with a beef stew, and the fruitiness would be nice with barbecue. Here are a few recipe ideas:

Red Wine Marinated Tri-Tip Steak – a simple red wine marinade is a winning recipe for this easy to share steak that you see pictured above.

Beef Stew – check out our easy to make slow cooker beef stew recipe. It would be great with this wine!

BBQ Pork Chops – sweet & tangy BBQ sauce works so well with this wine. Grill up some BBQ Chops and enjoy the pairing!

More Information

Viña Tarapacá – the winery’s website including information about their wines, history and sustainability program.

Winebow – easy to understand information about the wine including technical sheets from the importer.

Thanks for reading our Viña Tarapaca Cabernet Sauvignon review! We hope you are intrigued by this wine, and try some Chilean wines in your life. They’re a great value, and a style that pretty much everyone can enjoy. See you soon!

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