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Erasmo Reserva di Caliboro 2004
Color: Deep ruby red with brilliant shades of cherry.
Bouquet: A harmony of wildflowers, cherry, blueberry and blackberry preserves on a background of licorice.
Taste: Starts with a warm sensation that develops into a long and persistent flavor of cherries and blackberries. A velvety and elegant blend of tannins integrated into a full-bodied, long, lingering finish.
Serving Suggestions: Well-matched with roasted meat, hearty pastas and hard cheeses.
The vision of Erasmo took Count Cinzano and longtime consultant Maurizio Castelli to Chile's Central Valley, where they finally decided upon the area of "Riserva di Caliboro" in the Maule Valley with its gently sloping alluvial terraces, intense sunlight, dry southerly winds and optimal rainfall.
The highest quality French grape clones were imported from France for this project and the past six years have been spent perfecting vineyard locations, soil exploration, and winemaking techniques.
The result of this commitment and dedication is Erasmo, a unique Chilean wine that follows in the footsteps of the Cinzano family's longstanding tradition of winemaking excellence and innovation.
Maule is the Central Valley’s most southern zone, reaching a southern latitudes of 35°S, and is thus its coolest, yet still warmer and drier than Bío-Bío to its the south. The Maule Valley enjoys success with a unique set of grapes.
It lays claim to the local variety, Pais (synonymous with Tinta Pais, which is actually Tempranillo), which has dominated much of the region’s area under vine until the recent past when many growers, not confined by the tradition and regulations of the Old World, have also successfully attempted growing Cabernet Sauvignon.
While Maule’s total area of area under vine remains relatively static, its old Carignan vineyards are undergoing a great revival. The VIGNO (Vignadores del Carignan Vintners) group, an association in charge of promoting this long-forgotten variety, is getting fantastic results from old vine Carignan in its dry-farmed coastal zones.
The Maule includes the subregions of Talca, San Clemente, San Javier, Parral, Linares and Cauquenes.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.
In the Glass
Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.
Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.
While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.