Primus The Blend 2005
Other Red Blends from Chile, South America
The wine is dark opaque garnet, with aromas of exotic spice, toast and hints of tobacco and mint. The massive flavor is mouthfilling with lush blackberry and cherry notes with smooth powerful tannins.
"One of the first cool-climate reds from Chile, the newest verstion of primus is packed with ripe red cherry flavors and notes of bell pepper and bacon. The flavors of blackberry juice and clove end on a plus, mouthwatering finish. Ready to pour now with a steak, it will also gain in complexity over time."
-Wines & Spirits 92/100
Wine & Spirits - "One of the first cool-climate reds from Chile, the newest version of Primus is packed with ripe red cherry flavors and notes of bell pepper and bacon. The flavors of blackberry juice and clove end on a plush, mouthwatering finish. Ready to pour now with a steak, it will also gain in complexity with time."
Primus wines are produced by the Veramonte winery. Veramonte represents a return to Agustin Huneeus' Chilean roots. When he spearheaded development of the Veramonte Estate in 1990, there were less than 100 acres of grapevines planted in the Casablanca Valley.
The coastal mountain ranges surrounding the Casablanca estate create a unique terroir with a diversity of microclimates. The valley floor's cool climate is reminiscent of Carneros and ideal for growing premium Chardonnay. The foothills are warmer, akin to the more Northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Here, the climate is more suited to varieties like Carmenëre, the lost Bordeaux grape that has become Chile's citizen and the basis of Primus, our racy, exotic Chilean blend.
Using the latest viticultural technology developed in California, rootstock has been matched to each vineyard block and clone. Vertical trellising and dense vine spacing balance growth and fruit production. Veramonte's Casablanca vineyard produces significantly lower yields than other grape growing regions in Chile, resulting in grapes with more intensity and concentration.
Recognizing that the region also had potential as a tourist destination for its proximity to Santiago, Huneeus began to plant the estate and in 1995, constructed the first Napa Valley style hospitality center in Chile. The first wines were released in 1996. View all Primus Wines
About ChileView a map of Chile wineries (CHEE-lay)Long and thin, Chile has a lot of land north to south. The wine region here is a series of districts based near Santiago. The vineyards are protected by the Pacific on the west and the Andes mountains on the east. This could help explain why the climate changes more from east to west than north to south – also why the country has remained phylloxera free. Quite a few wineries in Chile were founded by large French wine companies. Seeing the potential of the country, vineyards were bought and planted by these French folks and the results tell of a smart investment. Some of these wineries include: Los Vascos, Casa Lapostolle and Cousino Macul. And while the inspiration may have been French, but the wines here are quite Chilean.
Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
Notable FactsThe main regions of Chile include Maipo (pronounced MY-poh), known for reds like Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere; Casablanca Valley, a region producing delicious Sauvignon Blanc, as well as other whites & some reds; Colchaugua, an inland district creating amazing red wines from Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, particularly in the Apalta sub-region; and Rapel Valley, settled right under Maipo and producing the same red varietals. A couple of smaller regions to watch include Limari and Elqui, two valleys further north, producing some delicious cool-climate Chardonnay and Bio Bio, an area further south, which is also focused on cool-climate varieties. Chilean wines are growing in exports and more consumers are enjoying the delicious values coming from the country. Red wines of the region, though they cannot be generalized, make the whole gamut of wine quality – quaffable to collectible. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot & Carmenere are the main players, though Syrah is also making a splash. Some of the best reds are blends of the above varieties. As for whites, Sauvignon Blanc is typically crisp, herbal and racy, while Chardonnay is richer in style with full-bodied texture and tropical fruit flavors.
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Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
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- 4 Stars: 3
- 3 Stars: 5
- 2 Stars: 3
- 1 Stars: 1
13 ratings, 9 with reviewsSuperdaddy - Roslyn, NY311/27/2008Veramonte's Cabernet is betterJohn Breslin - Arlington, VA511/2/2008211/27/201238/18/2011Daniel81084 - Wallingford, CT33/31/2011Charles Justice - Easley, SC22/17/2010The Veramonte Primus 2005 is highly rated by Wine & Spirits and Wine News. The high ratings are undeserved. With a decent nose, the wine displays a sourness at mid-palate with a harsh tar-like finish. It left no positive impression. A wine to forget!moching - New York, NY23/6/2009a little tart. mellowed after airing, but then was just a bit flat.kaizer - Dallas, TX45/8/2009for the price,this is by far an excellent wine that i enjoy for every day drinking.36/12/2009drank this bottle in two days and the taste did not change at all - very good for the priceGarry Morgan - Laguna Niguel, CA410/25/2008If you enjoy red varietal blends with a full body, you'll like this wine. Softer tannins with a smooth texture and finish. The increased prices on Napa Cabs have me trying and really enjoying wines such as this one. Definitely a smart buy.Susan Robbins - Allentown, NJ33/11/2009I thought it tasted better the first time I purchased it. It was not as rich this time; the flavor was missing.Paul Weaver - Corrales, NM11/27/2009Not up to it's rating or price. Other Veramonte wines, at lower price points, are better.AMComstock - Spring Lake, NC44/29/2008I have been buying this wine for several months now and find it to be one of the best quality reds for its value. It was the top pick over 17 other bottles of wine and other red varieties at a wine-tasting event I attended several months ago. Full flavor but not too heavy. Clean finish.
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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