La Playa Axel Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Cabernet Sauvignon from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
A deep elegant scarlet color. On the nose, bright red fruit with hints of sweet vanilla, almonds and light touches of cinnamon. In the mouth, big persistent volume with notes of wild berry, juniper and chocolate.
Wine Enthusiast - "This is a rugged, full-bodied and flavorful Cabernet. Aromas of gritty black cherry and cassis come with herbal undercurrents. The palate is tight, with firm tannins and foresty, lightly herbal flavors of cassis, wild berry, juniper and chocolate."
La Playa Winery
In 1952, patriarch Søren Axelsen left his native Copenhagen to travel the world. Eventually, he settled in California to grow his own grapes. But he never forgot the remarkable growing regions he had seen in Chile, in particular Colchagua Valley, which showed such great potential to produce world-class wines.
By 1989, he had realized his dream, founding Viña La Playa alongside his sons Peter and Eric. Viña La Playa of Chile is a partnership between the Axelsens and two promient Chilean winemaking legends: the Sutil and Errázuriz families. The winery encompasses 597 acres of prime property in the Colchagua Valley, where its vineyards enjoy a unique microclimate that fosters the growth of premium wine grapes.
With near-perfect growing conditions, Colchagua Valley has been described as "The Next Napa" (Wine Enthusiast, March 2002) as "arguably Chile's premier opportunity for world-class wine production" (Wine Spectator, April 30, 2002), and as "2005 Wine Region of the Year," yeilding "some of the most compelling wines in the world" (Wine Enthusiast, 2005). View all La Playa 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 Review3.53.3 out of 5 stars
3 ratings, 3 with reviews46/22/2015I am enjoying this Cab. It's bold but not harsh, the tannins have mellowed nicely. Lovely color and mouth feel. I don't get berry or fruit flavors upfront - what hits me is dryness and a "leather" taste. (?) Very nice wine.dchall2 - Johnstown, PA24/3/2014
Good, not greatgatorbait38 - Mobile, AL41/10/2014
- Light & Fruity
This is a rugged Cab as the WE review states. The aromas are able to be enjoyed while holding a glass at waist level. I've never had a wine with that strong of an aroma. Black cherry, juniper and cassis assault the palate. The tannins are firm. This is a bold Cab. Drinking today, I'd give it a 3 star. It should improve to be a very nice Cab with aging so I'll give it a 4 star overall. Cellar this one.
- Big & Bold