This Chilean beauty is a unique blend of 36% Cabernet Franc, 29% Carmenere, 22% Syrah and 13 % Cabernet Sauvignon. All of the grapes for this wine were grown organically and hand harvested. Eighty percent of the wine was aged in 100% new French and American oak barrels for one year. The result is a massive force of unyielding pleasure that almost leaves the taster breathless.
The winemaker is Sebastian Ruiz, an internationally known craftsman of great wines. He came to the estate in 2014 and now assumes the immense job of guiding this 1,200-acre facility with the same passion and dedication it has enjoyed since 1874.
We were quite thrilled to get our hands on this wine, as it is in limited supply and very sought after. It sells out every year. Exotic blends such as this are becoming the norm, rather than the oddity. Winemakers are now making the best tasting wine they can, regardless of the different grapes that go into it. Few grapes can stand on their own, the rest either add or are the main component, but the results are what's important.
The results here are staggering. The color is almost a dense black with the slightest bit of light around the rim.
The nose is a dense plethora of rich black cherry, cassis, black plum, earth and licorice. The presence of the oak comes through with spice and vanilla but it is not intrusive. Instead, it softens and integrates the flavors, producing a measure of grace, breed and beauty.