Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013. Loica

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013. Loica

Item #: L0922R1
Vintage: 2013
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: Maipo Valley, Chile
Color: Medium Garnet
Nose: Cherries, Smoke
Palate: Vanilla, Spice
Finish: Epic
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2025/Red Meat/14% Alcohol by Volume

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Loica is the name of a Chilean bird found in Chile's Alto Cachapoal district. It was founded in 1994 by the owners of Larose Trintaudon, in Bordeaux, when they partnered with a Chilean family eager to make world class wines in a Bordeaux style. This, of course, is easier said than done. After all, Bordeaux is the most famous wine region in the world. Everyone wants to emulate them but few succeed. However, when the experience and dedication of one of Bordeaux's greatest chateau is involved, anything can happen.

Larose Trintaudon was founded in 1830 by the owners of Chateaux Gruaud, one of Bordeaux classified growths. It went through trials and tribulation with the phylloxera disaster in the late 1800s, a world war and a depression. Ownership was transferred to the Forner family of Ch. Camensac who also owned the famed Rioja property, Marques de Caceres. This transaction brought it back to its former glory. They hired one of the most respected vineyardists in France, Emile Peynaud, to supervise. Maipo Valley is Chile's most important wine-producing regions. It lies just south of the capital, Santiago, and is home to the country's most prestigious wineries. It is often described as the 'Bordeaux of South America', and now they have a legitimate reason to do so.

Our 100% Cabernet is as close to Bordeaux as you can get. The complex layers of aromas and flavors from ripe plum to hints of cranberry and pomegranate are so beautifully integrated it comes off as one superb flavor. A luscious veal stew would do.