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Casa Marin Cipreses Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Sauvignon Blanc from Chile
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Winemaker Notes

The Cipreses Vineyard is located at the very top of a hillside slope, with a northern and southern exposure. Extremely windy conditions act as a natural restraining agent on grape yield. The results are very weak vines and low productivity. TPale straw with a youthful greenish hue. The nose is bursting with aromas of cut grass, lemon zest and citronella. On the palate the wine is surprisingly mouthfilling and complex though scythingly fresh and energetic. Flavors range from herbal through asparagus to ripe lime always with an underlying minerality. Finishes as clean and razor sharp as it starts, although flavours linger tantalizingly.

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Wine & Spirits

A warm year along San Antonio's Pacific coast influenced the normally severe, mineral Cipreses, making this vintage a voluptuous sauvignon full of smoky notes and candied lime. Its opulent texture hides the deep minerality, aromas and flavors of Lo Abarca’s stony hillsides.

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The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Cipreses Vineyard comes from a limestone soil with very low yields. It offers up an expressive nose of fresh herbs, citrus, and gooseberry in a racy, New Zealand style. Intense and focused on the palate, the wine's natural acidity suggest that it will have a significantly longer life than a typical Chilean Sauvignon.

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Casa Marin

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Casa Marin, , South America
Casa Marin
Vina Casa Marin is a family-owned winery located in the San Antonio appellation, only 4 kms from the coast. It is currently Chile's closest vineyard to the Pacific Ocean.

It was founded in the year 2000 by Maria Luz Marín, winemaker and entrepreneur, whose goal of providing innovation to the local wine industry is being accomplished by her focus on premium wines which are a reality with the new "terroir".

It has been described as one of the "most daring and innovative" vineyards in the country. Surrounded by the steep hills of the Chilean coastal mountains, the unique microclimate and wide variety of soils found here give birth to a "terroir" recently discovered for the viticulture of fine wines. The first 25 hectares were planted with Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris, Gewürztraminer, and Riesling.

Chilean and British winemakers comprise a dedicated team who have contributed their know-how to the production of truly outstanding wines.

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Dark, full-bodied, and herbaceous with a spicy kick, Carménère has found great success in Chile, far from its birthplace of Bordeaux. Although Carménère once accompanied Malbec and Petit Verdot as a minor blending grape in Bordeaux, it is now virtually extinct there, though it has been thriving since the mid-nineteenth century in Chile. Originally mistaken for Merlot, it is now successful of its own accord and plantings continue to increase. It is bottled both on its own and as part of Bordeaux-inspired blends.

In the Glass

If not fully ripe, Carménère is often marked by a green, herbaceous character (think green bell pepper and green peppercorn), and expresses flavors of red berry and black pepper when just ripe. With additional hangtime at the end of harvest, it is reminiscent more of blackberry, blueberry, and dark plum, with rich and savory notes of chocolate, coffee, smoke, and soy sauce.

Perfect Pairings

Carménère can easily overpower lighter fare, but makes a great match for a hearty steak or barbecued red meat. It can also work well with white meat when prepared with a richer sauce such as mole.

Sommelier Secret

Perhaps Carménère’s herbal character can be explained in part by familial relations—due to the strange nature of grapevine breeding, Carménère is both a progeny and a great-grandchild of the similarly flavored Cabernet Franc.

PBC9031271_2008 Item# 101502

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