Unico Luis Miguel Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2004
Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile, South America
The creation of Único Luis Miguel wine is a passionate departure for the multi Grammy winner, who has more than 35 platinum records and a career total of more than 52 million records sold. A long-time wine collector and connoisseur, Luis Miguel worked side-by-side with Aurelio Montes Del Campo, winemaker for Chile's Viña Ventisquero, to hand select the grapes and craft the complex, seductive, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Único Luis Miguel is produced from grapes grown in the Maipo Valley, one of Chile's most renowned regions for producing high quality, elegant and complex Cabernet Sauvignons.
"I've always admired and respected the artistry and passion that goes into crafting a great wine," said Luis Miguel. "When I set out to create ÚNICO Luis Miguel, it was important to me to find a partner that shared my vision.
Viña Ventisquero is the perfect choice because of its progressive approach to winemaking and extraordinary vineyards. It has been great working alongside such a well respected winemaker as Aurelio and I'm excited about the tremendous wine that we've created."
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah
An intense cherry-red in color with hints of blue; complex aromas of ripe raspberries and black currant are uniquely complemented by black pepper spices, cedar and tobacco notes. Expressive and full on the palate with a balanced body and distinctively ripe, round tannins that linger on the long, chocolate finish.
Unico Luis Miguel Winery
After three years of collaboration, including vineyard tours, barrel sampling and extensive blending sessions, Latin superstar Luis Miguel and Aurelio Montes del Campo, Vina Ventisquero's winemaker, unveiled an exciting new Chilean wine brand called Unico Luis Miguel. The 2003 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon first debuted at a press conference at the Vinta Ventisquero cellars in Rancagua, Chile in November 2005.
The first vintage was released in both Chile and Mexico and sold out almost immediately. The sales reflected the vast appeal of Luis Miguel and reinforced that consumers find Unico to be an outstanding value. "When you taste Unico you'll realize our efforts have paid off immensely," says Luis Miguel. "It is a complex, seductive wine that is truly delicious."
The Gran Reserva Cabernet originates in the coastal zone of the Maipo Valley, a region renowned for producing elegant, high quality wines. The grapes were hand selected to create an inviting, velvety and rich Cabernet Sauvignon.
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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.
About South America
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.
12 ratings, 12 with reviews
- Big & Bold
Excelente vino, de gran sabor y cuerpo. Realmente lo recomiendo.
This wine has an amazing bold cherry flavor. After the initial pour I was intrigued by the intense fragrance…the taste is like velvet on your lips... this wine doesn’t disappoint!
there is a good gift without waste your money in high price wines!!!!
The best red wine I have had is Opus One by Robert Mondavi. It had the best smoothness and finish of any red wine I had pleasure tasting up until now. I was also a big Shafer fan..but the cost of those wines is somewhat cost prohibitive for most people. I finally found another red wine I am thrilled about. I don't know what it is, the process, the valley where they grow the grapes.. but I can honestly say that I really enjoyed this wine and this is one by my favorite red wines of all time already. Price and Taste beats all reds in this category. Luis Miguel has out done himself with his first wine, as he does with his Music. Take a listen http://www.LuisMiguel.net
This is a spectacular wine. My favorite cab on the market. The first time I had it was at a bistro in Manhattan Beach, CA. We had sent back a bottle and they brought us Unico. I didn't pay much attention to the bottle, as I was deep in conversation with a friend. At one point, however, I realized how good this wine was and picked up the bottle to take a look. When I saw "Unico" and then Luis Miguel, it all came together for me. Luis Miguel is probably the most popular mexican singer of the last 20 years. He's iconic (and gorgeous). He started in the wine business several years ago. I remember seeing the news clip on Univision news. But since then, had forgotten about his vineyard. So, basically, I came upon Unico by accident but am go glad I did. Now I can listen to Luis Miguel music AND drink his wine. The only problem is that it's so good I save it for special times. Maybe I just need to buy more. :)
I hope my box was in the sun for a long time or something. The smell was horrible coming out of the 1st bottle, I poured it out and opened a second, same smell. I went ahead and decanted the bottle thinking it might just be me. Nope. My bottle tasted as bad as it smelled. Tasted like $6 wine from 1982, absolutely awful. I would not try this wine again.
so much about award-winning; it has very strong test, and horrible smell. Be careful, its not good!!
I love the smell, very aromatic and it feels great when I breathe in the alcohol essence. It tastes smooth as well. THe color is beautiful. This wine has characters. Actually my girl friend brought a bottle to try this 2007 award-winning wine. I like it instantly, which is rare for me. Then I came to Wine,com to purchase more. Highly recommend it.
This wine has become one that I use for special ocasion only, is that good, when I open a bottle everyone knows is for special celebration
nice wine for the price. Well made. But I must say my first bottle had a distinct nose of oil. Motor oil. Try it and let me know if you get that. Once it opened up it was a nice bottle and I would buy it again. Good value.
my favorite wone luismi
Absolutely smooth taste...no bitterness or slight harshness with the first drink...smooth as silk and velvet combined--great by itself...this wine is a winner.
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
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