Luis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
Initial aromas of plums and cherry give way to a palate redolent with rich flavors of chocolate, prune, and tobacco. Full-bodied to pair with all types of red meats and pasta with red sauce.
Luis Felipe Edwards Winery
The Luis Felipe Edwards range of wines has been created for the discerning consumer who appreciates the full flavours and excellent value of quality wines from the New World. Luis Felipe Edwards Wines is a family-owned, boutique wine producer based in the Colchagua Valley in central Chile, creating fine wines for discerning wine drinkers around the world. The company is building a reputation internationally for the consistent quality of its wines and its professionalism. Our aim is to produce low volumes of grapes, small in size, in order to produce a more intense juice and therefore better quality wines. Very little spraying is used in the vineyard, and we use both drip and flood irrigation. The Puquillay vineyards, 180 km south of Santiago, have a special microclimate due to the mountains surrounding the property, and the considerable temperature differences which ensue are exceptionally favourable for producing fine red wines. 160 hectares are planted here - 105 hectares of Cabernet Sauvignon, 20 hectares of Carmenère, 21 hectares of Shiraz, 7 hectares of Cot, 4 hectares of Petit Verdot and 5 hectares of Merlot. The Pupilla vineyards are located in the same valley and are within 50 kilometres of the Pacific coast. The climate and soil make them particularly suitable for producing high-quality white wines.
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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.
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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.
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.