Terra Andina Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
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Wine Style Guide
Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
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%.
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.
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.
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.
Earthy & Spicy
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...
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