Terra Andina Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile
- red wine
- Earthy & Spicy
- 13.5% abv
This Cabernet Sauvignon is bold, full bodied, and like the Andes Mountains it comes from, slightly untamed. You can expect notes of black cherry, dark chocolate, and vanilla.
Terra Andina Winery
Literally from the "Land of the Andes", Terra Andian embodies the adventurous spirit and bold profile of Chile's majestic mountain range, and it represents the new face of Chilean wine. Under the dynamic young winemaker Stefano Gandolini, Terra Andina has emerged as a rising star winery in Chile. Voluptuous fruit has become Terra Andina's signature.
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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.
8 ratings, 6 with reviews
- Steamboat Springs, CO
- Earth & Spicy
Very interesting for the price. We paired it with a beef dish and it was great.
- Smooth & Supple
Great Q/P ratio!
Solid cab, no lingering finish if you're wanting that, but a reliable cab nonetheless.
- Earthy & Spicy
- Pair With
- Beef > Stew
Disappointing, slightly better after decanting. Similar to a famous $2-3 wine. I was hoping it was more like VEO from Chile, but no. Fine to add directly to our crock pot meal but not into a glass. Beef stew, add it to the stew, don't drink it...
The wine itself has a deep ruby color, and a nose that is somewhat unusual for a Cabernet, with aromas of ripe berry, leather, rosemary and chive (chive on eh?), with a bit of musty, earthiness as well. The taste is quite fruity upfront, with ripe plum, black currant and a sweet, jamminess that transitions to some lovely spice notes midpalate. The tannins are soft, as is the finish, which seems a little lackluster, but pleasant. See the full review on my blog here: http://allaloneonaplanetfullofpeople.blogspot.com/2013/01/2011-terra-andina-cabernet-sauvignon.html
- Big & Bold
Clean average solid Bold red Cab wine, nothing much more. Very non-dimensional; dark fruits both on nose and palette. Bold all the way through. Again an average yet enjoyable wine for everyday hearty meals. A loose 87 points.
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 & 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.