Clear skies and the cool dry influence of La Nina resulted in a long growing season and a late harvest for this vintage. Perfectly ripe grapes yielded a beautifully colored, complex Cabernet.
Rich ruby in color with dark cherry, black current, toffee and mocha notes. Silky tannins and good structure lead to a long and complex finish accented with vanilla notes.
Pair with brie, gruyere, Italian dishes, steak, ribs or chocolate.
Root 1 Winery
The grapes for Root:1 are hand picked from two of Chile's most well known viticultural regions, Maipo and Colchagua. The wine is grown, harvested, blended, and bottled to create a balanced, fruit forward, expressive Cabernet true to the terroir of Chile's best viticultural regions.
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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.
Young, organically farmed Carmenère at Chile's De Martino estate vineyard
Chile & Argentina 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.
I've just purchased my second case of this wine. I've poured it at big parties and small get-togethers and it's always a big hit with both novices and connoisseurs. The bottle is exquisitely done as well so it makes a nice bottle to bring as a gift. I have yet to find a better cab on wine.com for the price.
Look, for $10 I am not going to complain much at all. You definitely need to decant this cab, it is a little bit overwhelming straight out of the bottle. I guess it's my fault for getting such a young cab but I'm not going to cellar a $10 bottle. All this being said, it is still a decent wine to go with your dinner. This might sound odd, but enjoy the wine with a similarly bold flavored food, otherwise the wine will be overpowering
So, this Cab may not pack the bold punch of a Darioush or Jarvis but it has a lite complexity with subtle dark berry undertones. It is a great daily pour and is stored for the right amount of time could be on the A list! The bottle is very well crafted and presents nicely also. I sampled a couple bottles and proceeded to add a couple cases to my collection. Enjoy!
This wine went down smooth and easy. The flavor is rich, mild, and there is no bitter aftertaste or harsh throat burning. It does not taste like a $12 bottle of wine! It tastes like a $40 bottle of wine
Nice presentation -- the bottle design is delightfully unique. Fantastic ruby coloration. Sweet and lively fruity nose. Smooth and enjoyable flavor of berries balanced by earthy notes. And at this price, a great value.
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 & 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.