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Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009. Santa Loreto
Vintage: 2009
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: Maule, Chile
Color: Deep magenta
Nose: Blackberry, black cherry and chocolate
Palate: Cherry with hints of earth and spice
Finish: Very berry with cherry and vanilla
Rating: 90
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2012

San Loreto is under the banner of Bodegas y Vi?edos de Aguirre S.A. The company was founded by Don Pedro F?lix de Aguirre and today it is cared and managed by his wife, Ana Mar?a and their seven children, all of them professionals and executives of the winery Their vineyards and winery are located in Villa Alegre, 180 miles south of the capital, Santiago de Chile.

Villa Alegre is located in the Maule Valley between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. The vineyards are planted in an area with a privileged microclimate. The temperature hardly varies during the critical growing season. This tempered condition assures the growing of grapes of extraordinary quality.

The vineyards are planted 320 feet above sea level and situated 60 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Only grapes from their estate vineyards are used. Winemakers, engineers and technicians work in the guiding and production of the wines in their modern winery which has a storage capacity of more than 1 million gallons. Having the modern facility is only half the equation. Santa Loreta completes the other half by staffing the winery with trained professionals who also have an intense interest in quality.

Wine has always been present in the history and spirit of Chile. The art of winemaking is part of their culture and heritage. The sun's exposure, the clean waters from the melting snows of the Andes, the fertile soils of the Maule Valley and the tenderness and care of a whole family dedicated to the production of great wines has been a tradition for centuries and an inspiration for artists and poets. Chile has carved out an important niche in the world's wine trade by offering excellent, everyday wines at very affordable prices. They are slowly, but surely, taking over top spots for imports in such bastions of wine consumption like Great Britain, Canada and the United States.

Fermentation occurs in stainless steal tanks. A touch of wood is added using fine French oak barrels and the entire production is bottled at the estate. Great care is taken to make sure that none of the wine comes in contact with air, which helps preserve the freshness and vitality of the finished product.