Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
A blend of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon and 18% Syrah.
Rich ruby color with aromas of ripe berries and soft plum are followed by tastes of black cherry, soft vanilla and dark chocolate. The silky tannins, strong balance and good structure support a long complex finish.
Artfully accompanies grilled meats, ripe cheeses, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine and chocolate.
Wine Enthusiast - "A very good value-priced Cav with fresh tomato, herb, black cherry, blackberry and earthy aromas. The palate is healthy and stands up to scrutiny, while the flavors of casis, berry, chocolate and pepper are correct and more than pleasant. Long and lasting on the finish. The best Root:1 Cab to date."
International Wine Cellar - "Ruby-red. Spicy red berry and cherry aromas are complemented by mint, licorice and black cardamom. A fresh, focused midweight, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors and good tangy snap. Very lively but could use a bit more heft; the finish is focused, brisk and nicely persistent. "
Root 1 Winery
The grapes for Root:1 are hand picked from two of Chile's most well known viticultural regions, Maipo and Colchagua. The wine is grown, harvested, blended, and bottled to create a balanced, fruit forward, expressive Cabernet true to the terroir of Chile's best viticultural regions. View all Root 1 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 Review4 }div>3.9 out of 5 stars
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7 ratings, 6 with reviewsBarbara Hodgson - Crest Hill, IL512/10/2009I include this in every order- nice Cab - easy to drink512/10/2009This has got to be one of my all time south american favorites in this price range.WineDog - Burdett, NY26/20/2011Robert Riley - Albuquerque, NM412/12/2010This is a no-compromise sub-20$ red, exemplary of what Chile has to offer the common man.45/3/2010James Lavoie- An awesome wine, drinks like a $20-$30 bottle of cab. I've blind tasted many people on this wine and almost all think it's higher priced. Med- to full bodied, earthy, loaded with dark fruit. Has hints of cocoa, leather, and has flavor up front, mid-palate, and nice finish. 88-90pts tastes wondefull now but can be held 4-6yrs54/29/2010This wine is great with a wonderful Italian meal or just a great wine to pop open and share with loved ones and company. A good casual delicious wine that can be opened on any occasion.Ruben HeRnandez - Austin, TX45/19/2010Watching "true lies" with this bottle it's smooth dry and full of flavor. Would wait will definetly buy this wine again!
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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