This is a departure from my Malbec fascination. Today I am tasting the Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. Grown in the Casablanca Valley is located about 17 away from the coast and west from Santiago, Chile. I will be adding this to my list of favorite wine from South America. This Cabernet Sauvignon is bold but not over powering. It is ideal for pastas with red sauces, marinated pork and grilled beef.
Looking at the wine in the glass you see a deep red purple color, almost like an inky red or purple used in oil paints. This Cabernet has an intense aroma with spicy notes of rosemary, chocolate and some peppers. The nose will also pick up the oak. A great taste from a concentration of ripened red fruit, blue berries and black currant. Tannins are round and well developed on the mid palate. All of this provides for a great mouth feel and a long-lasting finish.
One of the special things about this wine is that it is not only organic, but may be the “greenest” wine I have tried. The winery is certified organic by a number of organizations from countries around the world including the United States and Germany as well as their home organization in Chile. They have a biodynamic vision where the farms will become self-sufficient so that plants, soil animals and humans in a closed self-nourishing system. They protect 700 acres of native vegetation in the vineyards and as a buffer to help ensure the biodiversity of the area. They understand that animals, birds and even insects are an important part of the eco system to ensure a healthy environment. Another important part of the environmental effort are the bottles. Each one is 14% lighter than typical wine bottles. This reduction in weight save thousands of gallons of fuel every year and thus reduces shipping cost and saves us all money and makes a really good win even more affordable. A surprise for me, was learning that the water treatment plant for the winery is a state of the art biologic process. This process uses plants to process waste water to irrigate the lawns and vegetable gardens around the property. The effort that Lapostolle has put into conserving energy is so impressive that it is really hard to describe. The winery is built into the side of a hill to take advantage in savings for cool storage and to allow gravity and natural convection to help cool the building and circulate air.
This is a great wine. It is affordable at about $18 to $20 a bottle. This makes it great for those occasions when you need t take wine to a party or when you want something bold, but not overly so for that special meal you are preparing.
The Brennan Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 is a medium bodied red wine with intense notes of ripe black berries, black currants, and simple light notes on the finish of fresh picked blue berries; followed by a classic tannic grip that lends Cabernet Sauvignon to pair perfectly with rib-eye steak and hearty stews. The Cabernet Sauvignon has a great ruby red color. This wine has a great mouth feel with a long, lingering finish. This wine is aged for 12 months in French and American barrels. The wine is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13 %Ruby Cabernet, 5% Syrah and 2% Malbec. The total production was 884 cases.
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The wine maker’s website says this Cabernet Sauvignon retails for $28, however I paid about $17.00 at H.E.B here in Texas.
This wine is a medium bodied dry Cabernet Sauvignon from the central valley of Chile. This Cabernet a fruity and complex nose of cherries and blackberries. On the palate, it’s refreshing acidity, fleshy tannin, and broad texture precede a short finish. The color of the wine is a deep, garnet-red at the center which fades to reddish purple at the rim. This is an affordable Cabernet that is recommended for pairing with beef, lamb venison and spicy foods.
Concha y Toro is the largest producer of wines from Latin America and is one of the global leaders in its field. It is headquartered in Santiago, Chile. Concha y Toro Winery is located in Chile. It comprises 8.720 hectares spread throughout Chile’s major wine regions: Maipo, Maule, Rapel, Colchagua, Curico, and Casablanca. The Concha y Toro Vineyard was founded by Don Melchor de Santiago Concha y Toro and his wife, Emiliana Subercaseaux, in 1883. To start the winery, he brought grape varieties from the Bordeaux region in France. The grapes that he brought were: Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Merlot, and Carmenère. The Company’s agricultural and wine making philosophy is oriented to achieving quality throughout the productive process and in enhancing the distinctive characteristics of each original vineyard. The diversity of soils and climates of its estates has allowed the Company to have the widest diversity of wine varieties in the Chilean wine industry. Concha y Toro now operates vineyards in Chile and the United States.
This version of the “King of Reds” is a full bodied wine with bold flavors. This is really a blend of 75% Cabernet, 15% Syrah and 10% Merlot). To the nose Carnivor presents deep aromas of blackberries and coffees. Across the pallet flavors of berries, roasted coffee beans caramel and charred oak provide a full smooth taste. The mouth feel of this wine is bold almost giving the allusion of thickness and very satisfying.
If you are ready for a bold red give Carnivore a try with is blend of grapes it strikes the right notes to be served with rib eye steaks or prime rib. Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon is available for $10 to $15 dollars at most wine merchants.