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Lagar de Bezana Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2013

Cabernet Sauvignon from Cachapoal Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Winemaker Notes

    Grown on deep, gravelly soil, this Cabernet-Sauvignon has gentle acidity and fine-grained tannins. The extreme diurnal temperature fluctuations and the virtual absence of rain during the growing season guarantee freshness of fruit, without excessive herbal or eucalyptus notes.

    The wine is aged around 8 months in used oak barrels the help the wine develop itself, enhancing but not overpowering its varietal character.

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    Lagar de Bezana

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    Lagar de Bezana, Cachapoal Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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    Our history starts in the 1990's, when the entrepreneur Ricardo Bezanilla, owner of a radio station in Santiago, wanted to produce his own wine. He chose an area in the upper part of the Cachapoal Valley, at the feet of the Andes Mountains, where he grubbed up an apple orchard and planted Cabernet-Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. After a few years he was forced to replace Merlot with other varieties, as the stony soils didn’t support the variety well enough. Little by littlw he started experimenting with other varieties, such as Petit Verdot, Carmenere, Malbec, Grenache and Mourvèdre, to complement the original Cabernet-Sauvignon and Syrah.

    We have learned a lot throughout the years, and from modest beginnings, Lagar de Bezana is now widely sold in Chile and exported to more than ten countries. Nowadays, the family of Ricardo Bezanilla continue to grow and expand his important legacy.

    Cachapoal Valley

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    With an outstanding reputation for its bold reds, especially Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmenere, the Cachapoal Valley spreads through the northern part of Chile’s Rapel Valley, with a continuous backdrop of the majestic Andes to its east. This region reaches as far north as the southern outskirts of the city of Santiago where it meets the famous region of the Maipo. The Cachapoal Valley produces no shortage of plum and berry dominated full-bodied reds with aromas and flavors reminiscent of mint, cocoa, spice or smoked meat.

    Cabernet Sauvignon

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    A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious 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's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California 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 revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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