Anderra Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
Aromatic bouquet of spices and ripe red berries, such as black and red currants. On the palate, ripe, vibrant fruit, full body and smooth tannins.
Since 1933, Baron Philippe de Rothschild S.A., located at Pauillac in the Médoc, has been motivated by a constant ambition: to make the world's finest wines, each in its own category, whether it's the châteaux wines – the renowned Château Mouton Rothschild, their flagship wine, and its distinguished lieutenants, Château Clerc Milon and Château d'Armailhac – or branded wines like the famous Mouton Cadet. Baron Philippe de Rothschild has also exported its know-how beyond Bordeaux: to the Pays d'Oc with a range of varietal and Domaine de Baron'arques wines, to California with Opus One, and to Chile with Almaviva.
Anderra has its origin in the heart of South America, at the foot of the Andes mountains, and in the extraordinary diversity of Chile's winegrowing regions. Brought to perfection by Baron Philippe de Rothschild's know-how, Anderra is an invitation to discover the authenticity and rich flavors of the Andes terroir. Baron Philippe de Rothschild's winemakers have sought to express the distinctive characteristics of this Cabernet Sauvignon by rigorously selecting and vinifying grapes from only the best parcels of the Chilean vineyard.
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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.
5 ratings, 1 with review
- Earth & Spicy
The nose came on as oaky,spicy. Taste came on as black berries,mocha,blacktea. Strong oak taste, good tannin.
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.