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Calcu Winemaker's Selection 2011

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Winemaker Notes

Calcu Winemaker’s Selection combines grapes from three distinguished Terroirs within the Colchagua Valley. The blend is rich and fresh with a smooth tannic structure.

Blend: 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 25% Carmenere.

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RP 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Moving to the high end blends, the 2011 Winemaker's Selection is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% each Cabernet Franc and Carménère, with a blend of origins from their vineyards in Agua Buena and Marchigüe, but also with some 25% of grapes from their other property Maquis (there is a separate entry for them in this same article). It has a subtle, harmonious nose mixing aromas of spices, noble woods, balsam and ripe berries in a restrained way, showing good integration. There is great intensity in the palate while the tannins are very fine and there is a thread of acidity going through the core of the wine and lifting it up, resulting in a fresh sensation. This is a very balanced, elegant Bordeaux blend, sleek and polished, faithful to the house style.
WE 91
Wine Enthusiast
Woodsy smoky lightly herbal berry and plum aromas nicely set up a flush chunky somewhat rough palate. Blackberry, herb and chocolate aromas are just right for this type of Cabernet blend. A lush long finish is blocky, broad and brusque. Drink through 2023.
JS 91
James Suckling
Aromas of bark, walnut, ripe fruit and chocolate follow through to a full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenere and cabernet franc.
TA 90
Tim Atkin

Combining Cabernet Sauvignon with 25% each of Cabernet Franc and Carmenère, this is a dense, still youthful cuvée with masses of colour and perfume, sweet oak and a firmish finish. 2018-23. Alcohol: 13.5%

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In the local Mapuche language, Calcu means "healing doctor" or "magician." And indeed, winemakers Rodrigo Romero and Ricardo Rivadeniera have created a magical "Super Chilean" blend that expresses the diversity of the Colchagua Valley.

Like the bull on label, Calcu is exuberant and unrestrained. Rather than being tied to a particular terroir, Calcu is made with grapes harvested from throughout the Colchagua Valley, revealing different aspects of the valley’s dynamic character with every vintage.

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Well-regarded for intense and exceptionally high quality red wines, the Colchagua Valley is situated in the southern part of Chile’s Rapel Valley, with many of the best vineyards lying in the foothills of the Coastal Range.

Heavy French investment and cutting-edge technology in both the vineyard and the winery has been a boon to the local viticultural industry, which already laid claim to ancient vines and a textbook Mediterranean climate.

The warm, dry growing season in the Colchagua Valley favors robust reds made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec and Syrah—in fact, some of Chile’s very best are made here. A small amount of good white wine is produced from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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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 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.

Tasting Notes for Bordeaux Blends

Bordeaux Blends are dry, red wines and generally have aromas and flavors of black currant, black cherry plum, graphite, cedar and violet. 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.

Perfect Food Pairings for Bordeaux Blends

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.

Sommelier Secrets for Bordeaux Blends

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties in specified percentages, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include equal amounts of Cabernet Franc and Malbec, for example. Occassionally a winemaker might add a small percentage of a non-Bordeaux variety, such as Syrah or Petite Sirah for a desired result.

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