~2009 Errazuriz Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Chile, South America
-Tasting Notes: Dark purple with a red tint, the nose is complex showing ripe cherry, blackberry, plum, strawberry, liquorice, tobacco leaves, bitter chocolate and herbal qualities. The palate is fruit forward in style with lush over-ripe red and black fruits leading to a nice clover spice note that lingers on the finish. Good structure with balanced acid and well integrated tannin. (Drink Now – 2017) ~Joe Soleau~
-Ratings: "Dark red. Pungent, smoke-accented aromas of raspberry, cherry and peppery spices. Then dry and light on its feet, showing energetic red fruit and spice flavors firmed by a tangy spine of acidity. The spicy finish features fine-grained tannins and very good clarity." ~90 Points International Wine Cellar~
-Cabernet Sauvignon Common Characteristics:
Profile: Medium-full bodied, generally low to medium acid, potential for high alcohol levels.
Fruits: Black Currant, Black Cherry, Blackberry, Plum, Raspberry
Other Notes: Bell Pepper, Chocolate, Firm Tannins Ginger, green peppercorn, smoke, tar
-Food Pairings: A wine ideal for lamb – try lamb stews or grilled lamb chops with root vegetables to compliment the wines character. Beef cheeks over risotto with wild mushrooms and grilled steak are great too.
-Winery/Regional Information: Don Maximiano Errázuriz founded Viña Errázuriz in 1870 in the Valle de Aconcagua, 100 kms north of the capital city, Santiago. Recognizing that this valley, with its cool, rainy winters, hot, dry summers and moist Pacific Ocean breezes, was ideal for growing grapes, Don Maximiano sent for the finest clones from France and with tenacity and perseverance transformed this barren land into a world-class vineyard. Today, the tradition of quality lives on with Don Maximiano’s descendant, Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo is the fifth generation of his family to be involved in the wine business.
Eduardo has overseen the modernisation of the winemaking technology at this historic estate while maintaining a distinct identity for its wines. Dedicated to producing estate grown wines of superior quality, Errázuriz has built a reputation as the “Best of Chile”.
Errázuriz’s philosophy is best expressed by Don Maximiano who said, “From the best land, the best wine.” As an estate winery, Viña Errázuriz strives to produce the finest wines by controlling every stage of the winemaking process, from grape growing in the Aconcagua, Casablanca and Curicó valleys, to winemaking with the most natural techniques. An emphasis is placed on the delicate handling of the wines, with the aim of producing wines with elegance and complexity. It is his dynamism and passion for wine that has made Errázuriz such an internationally respected producer of quality wines.
Chilean wine is wine made in the South American country of Chile. The region has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. The number of wineries has grown from 12 in 1995 to over 70 in 2005. Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer. The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère.