Haras Character Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
Deep red in color. Excellent fruit concentration. Ripe black berries and dried fruits on the palate combined with a complex and elegant attack. This wine presents a spicy fi nish with toffee and chocolate notes. A true refl ection of the Upper Maipo Valley.
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Cabernet Franc, 1% Merlot
Wine & Spirits - "A clear expression of Alto Maipo character, this cabernet is filled with menthol and juicy cherry flavors, its tannins as firm as they are refined. The acidity enhances the cherry tones as the wine gains in herbal, ripe red fruit flavors and depth."
Haras de Pirque Winery
A partnership between the Matte family of Chile and the Antinori family of Italy, Haras produces a variety of exceptional wines from its 1480-acre estate and winery in Chile's Upper Maipo Valley. Home to a legendary thoroughbred breeding farm, Haras is committed to creating an ideal environment for both wine grapes and young horses, and is a leader among South American wineries in implementing sustainable and organic viticultural and winemaking practices. View all Haras de Pirque Wines
About Chile(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 }div>3.1 out of 5 stars
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5 ratings, 3 with reviews47/12/2008Loved the change of "nose". Nice heavy smoky smell. Lingering finish with a nice balance fruit/earth.Joe Pap - Maspeth, NY47/28/2010Sparky G - Simsbury, CT33/24/2010Not a real good bottle. Don't know where the 93 comes from??Katy Sherman - Raleigh, NC18/22/2011212/2/2009For a $20 bottle of wine, it lives up to description - but that is it. It is presented as having a "complex and elegant" attack, but I would say it is more odd and slightly bitter. At 14.5%, I felt the aroma was shot down by the strong ALC content, but after breathing A LONG TIME, it balanced out a bit. Much better taste and dry finish than expected, but I would relegate it to a dinner wine over an "enjoyment" wine.
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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