Primus The Blend 2007
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The 2007 growing season was characterized by its great fruit concentration, a mild summer slowed the ripening process and reduced the yields naturally, which resulted in greater concentration, with slowly ripenening and delicate fruit, healthy grapes and elegant yet powerful tannins.
The Winemaking Team
Primus wines are crafted by a team of expert viticulturists and winemakers led by winemaker, Cristian Aliaga, who has over 10 years' experience at Veramonte. Alvaro Espinoza, one of the world's most respected winemakers, widely known as an innovator and champion of some of Chile's best red wines, joined the team to craft the Primus wines. Alvaro works closely with the team to continually refine vineyard and winery practices that deliver rich ripe fruit with complexity, intensity and distinctiveness.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2007 Primus is a glass-coating opaque purple with aromas of tar, licorice, pepper, blackcurrant, and blueberry. Youthful, structured, and balanced, it will evolve for 5-7 years and offer prime drinking from 2015 to 2025."
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
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review3.5 }div>3.6 out of 5 stars
- 5 Stars: 8
- 4 Stars: 13
- 3 Stars: 6
- 2 Stars: 4
- 1 Stars: 0
36 ratings, 10 with reviewsvirgo22 - Big Rapids, MI34/23/201128/14/2011hang time - Delray Beach, FL48/3/2011Kasey Scott - Houston, TX27/31/2011Luke Snyder - Camden, AR37/15/201157/15/2011
excellent wine. smooth and fuity. wonderful finish.Erik Ostby - Chester, CT56/30/2011
- Smooth & Supple
Probably the smoothest blend I've ever tasted. Great stand alone wine.karen straight - Williamsburg, VA56/30/2011
- Smooth & Supple
- Pair With
- Beef > Herbs
I have always been partial to this wine and this selection / purchase did not let me done it was wonderfulRed w/Attitude - Miami, FL36/29/201126/24/2011l2ride - Haymarket, VA46/23/2011
- Big & Bold
Very good wine. Nice nose and fruit flavor that opened up fairly quickly in the glass. My original order was a couple bottles to try, but got an additional case. Very good wine at this price point.46/22/201146/17/201146/17/2011I bought a bottle of this locally a few months back and was very impressed. We have shared this wine with some of our most hard to please wine loving friends and they also were very impressed. Give this one a try!46/13/2011Very nice wine, must buy moreRobert Walton - Little Neck, NY45/19/2011Angie Lee - Tampa, FL42/28/2011Great Blend, Spicy yet smooth. Lots of dark fruit and earthSteveY - Willoughby, OH41/30/2011Very nice. Enjoyed with pepper encrusted filet mignon. Lots of fruit, depth, long finish.Theodore Nichols - Painesville, OH41/21/2011Great wine - complex, big wine with long finish. Smooth - very little tannin.TxNative - El Paso, TX41/11/2011Fantastic surprise. Very drinkable and smooth, thinner wine that is full of flavor. I was surprised at how much flavor is in this wine
- Smooth & Supple
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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