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Cono Sur Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley, Chile
    13.9% ABV
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    13.9% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    This elegant and robust Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Maipo valley, Chile's most traditional origin. It displays an intense nose of ripe fruit like strawberries and plums, with final touches of sweet spices. In mouth, this wine is fruity, sophisticated and rich, with blackberry and juicy plum, together with harmoniously integrated touches of toasted oak.

    Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon goes great with all kinds of red meats, game, hearty pastas or stews and provenzal-styled cheeses: marinated in olive oil served next to crunchy toasts. Grilled pork kebabs, barbeque ribs, and carrot and ginger soup are a few suggestions.

    Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Carmenere, 5% Syrah, 2% Merlot, 3% Malbec

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    Cono Sur

    Cono Sur

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    Cono Sur, Maipo Valley, Chile
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    Firmly grounded in the spirit of New World winemaking, Cono Sur wines reflect the incredible terroir of South America’s Southern Cone. Surrounded by the Andes Mountains to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Atacama Desert to the north and ancient glaciers to the south, the Southern Cone Cono Sur en Español—sees abundant sunlight, vast day-to-night temperature variations and natural irrigation from mountain snowmelt. It all adds up to extraordinary fruit from unmatched vineyards in Chile.

    Balancing innovation, sustainable practices and a fierce dedication to quality, each sip is a masterpiece.

    Maipo Valley

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    The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. Alluvial soils predominate but are supplemented with loam and clay.

    The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah and Carmenère, a Bordeaux variety that has found a successful home in Chile.

    White wines are also produced with great prosperity, especially near the cooler coast, include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Cabernet Sauvignon

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    A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

    In the Glass

    High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

    Perfect Pairings

    Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

    Sommelier Secrets

    Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

    RGL40121652_2012 Item# 140495