Unico Luis Miguel Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
Number 31 on the Wine.com 100 of 2007!
The creation of Único Luis Miguel wine is a passionate departure for the multi Grammy winner, who has more than 35 platinum records and a career total of more than 52 million records sold. A long-time wine collector and connoisseur, Luis Miguel worked side-by-side with Aurelio Montes Del Campo, winemaker for Chile's Viña Ventisquero, to hand select the grapes and craft the complex, seductive, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Único Luis Miguel is produced from grapes grown in the Maipo Valley, one of Chile's most renowned regions for producing
high quality, elegant and complex Cabernet Sauvignons.
"I've always admired and respected the artistry and passion that goes into crafting a great wine," said Luis Miguel. "When I set out to create ÚNICO Luis Miguel, it was important to me to find a partner that shared my vision.
Viña Ventisquero is the perfect choice because of its progressive approach to winemaking and extraordinary vineyards. It has been great working alongside such a well respected winemaker as Aurelio and I'm excited about the tremendous wine that we've created."
An intense cherry-red in color with hints of blue; complex aromas of ripe raspberries and black currant are uniquely complimented by black pepper spices, cedar and tobacco notes. Expressive and full on the palate with a balanced body and distinctive, ripe, round tannins that linger on the long, chocolate finish.
Unico Luis Miguel Winery
After three years of collaboration, including vineyard tours, barrel sampling and extensive blending sessions, Latin superstar Luis Miguel and Aurelio Montes del Campo, Vina Ventisquero's winemaker, unveiled an exciting new Chilean wine brand called Unico Luis Miguel. The 2003 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon first debuted at a press conference at the Vinta Ventisquero cellars in Rancagua, Chile in November 2005.
The first vintage was released in both Chile and Mexico and sold out almost immediately. The sales reflected the vast appeal of Luis Miguel and reinforced that consumers find Unico to be an outstanding value. "When you taste Unico you'll realize our efforts have paid off immensely," says Luis Miguel. "It is a complex, seductive wine that is truly delicious."
The Gran Reserva Cabernet originates in the coastal zone of the Maipo Valley, a region renowned for producing elegant, high quality wines. The grapes were hand selected to create an inviting, velvety and rich Cabernet Sauvignon.
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Photo of the sun break following morning fog over the vineyards of Veramonte Winery (located in the Casablanca Valley)
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.
The 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.
About South America
Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard Chile
are the regions producing the most wine coming out of the continent. The wines from this area are good value with a distinctive taste. They create new world wines with old world character.
6 ratings, 5 with reviews
Drinks well, full and big, with dry finish - great value wine.
It's Wonderful Good Job Luis Miguel
Dejando el fanatismo a un lado, este es un excelente vino (para su categoria).
- Big & Bold
Unico of Luis Miguel is going to be part of X-mas this year.
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most 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 & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.