Wine Review – 2013 Escudo Rojo

2013 Escudo Rojo Wine BottleThis Escudo Rojo blend could use more time in cellar…

This Chilean red blend, a classy-looking offering bearing the heralded name of Baron Philippe de Rothschild, came across as bold, sharp, and a little aggressive, with green cedar notes and gritty tannins. And that was after having decanted it for a good hour.

We’d recommend cellaring it for at least another few years to give it time to mature and come into its own. On the positive side, we enjoyed the dark chocolate notes. Given the big, bold nature of this wine, food pairings with similar qualities are a must.

Rating (from 70 to 100): 78/100

Value: 3/5

The Bottle Details…

Name: Escudo Rojo

Vintage: 2013

Producer: Baron Philippe de Rothschild

Region/Country: Maipo Valley, Chile

Grape Varietal(s): Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc

Alcohol content: 14%

Consumed: At home

Recommended By: Picked it off the shelf at the LCBO

Cost: $15.25 CAD

Bottle Presentation: A clean, classy label with an elegant emblem.

The Tasting Details…

Appearance: Medium ruby red.

Nose: A pronounced nose of green sap and green cedar, followed by dark fruit (blackberries and plums), and a touch of fennel and spice.

Taste: A dry, medium bodied red blend, with medium acidity and medium-to-high gritty tannins. Again, green cedar made its presence known, a did earth, fennel, dark plums, and dark chocolate.

Finish: A medium finish with enduring cedar and earth notes.

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