Nuevo Mundo Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec 2005
Other Red Blends from Chile
Powerful new world style Cabernet blend with a nose chock full of blueberry, cassis, and cedar. The palate is further entertained with dark fruits, chewy tannins, and a great structure. Awesome with meats and cheese. Drink now or set down for a few years..
Nuevo Mundo Winery
Winemaker Marcelo Retamal (named Winemaker of the Year, 2004 Guia de Vinos, Chilean Wine Guide), is a perfectionist in every way. From crush to bottling, Marcelo ensures that each wine is handled with careful attention to detail. His precision in the vineyard and winery has earned Nuevo Mundo the title of Chilean Wine Producer of the Year—International Wine and Spirits Competition, London, November 2005.
The Maipo Valley is Chile's most well-known wine region and where Chile's first serious wines were made after vine cuttings from Bordeaux where imported during the mid-19th century. Since then, the Maipo Valley has earned a reputation for producing wines that rival those from California. The Maipo Valley is known most for producing fruit-driven and complex reds, especially Cabernet Sauvignon and is capable of making delightful, crisp, fruity whites. Maipo's warm summer days and cool summer nights mimic those of the Napa Valley and its geography shields the vineyards from extreme weather conditions.
Marcelo's expertise in winemaking, combined with the ideal conditions of the Maipo Valley, contribute to Nuevo Mundo's success at producing top quality wines, vintage after vintage. The wines are pure, clean and true to the terroir of the Maipo Valley.
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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.