This month's selection comes to us from Miguel Besoain's iconic winery in Chile's Central Valley, Los Morros. It translates to "the hills," which is apt as the vineyards are located in one of the most mountainous regions in Chile. Miguel grew up in the wine business, but later expanded on that with stints in France and Germany before joining his father in the family estate. Upon returning home he brought with him a European slant and experience to enhance the wine of his native home.
Besoain chooses grapes from all over Chile including his own vineyards. With such an array of product to choose from, he is never far away from another spectacular offering. After the grapes are fermented, he tastes and notes each lot, picking and choosing those which work in harmony with each other. It's that attention to detail that makes us coming back for more of his wines.
Our selection is a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenere and 20% Merlot. Carmenere was first cultivated in Bordeaux where it was incorrectly thought to be Merlot. Once they found out it was a different grape it was unceremoniously banished by the Bordelaise. The irony here is that the grape was highly thought of when it was thought to be Merlot. It made as good a wine as Merlot, but apparently that distinction was lost somewhere in translation. Our selection could easily be mistaken for Bordeaux. The earthy undercurrent mixed with cassis and spice would delight a duck breast with green peppercorns or veal Milanese.