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Perez Cruz Liguai 2009

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4.5 1 Ratings
14% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Complex, elegant aromas await discovery: blackberries, black peppercorns, cedar wood and chocolate, and pain grillé. The wine is concentrated, with firm, polished tannins and a long, persistent finish.

Blend: 44% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Carmenere

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WS 90
Wine Spectator
A hard spice aroma leads the charge, and while the nose is tough and closed, it harbors a solid black-fruit element. Jammy, thick and chunky on the palate, this has equally jammy flavors of blackberry and herb. It remains chewy and rich on the finish, with a molasses flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmenère form the blend.
WE 90
Wine Enthusiast
A hard spice aroma leads the charge, and while the nose is tough and closed, it harbors a solid black-fruit element. Jammy, thick and chunky on the palate, this has equally jammy flavors of blackberry and herb. It remains chewy and rich on the finish, with a molasses flavor. Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Carmenère form the blend.
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Perez Cruz

Perez Cruz

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Perez Cruz, Maipo Valley, Chile
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Viña Pérez Cruz is a family-owned, single-estate producer of expressive red wines from the stony soils of the Maipo Valley. The winery and the Liguai vineyard are located in the “Maipo Andes” sub-region. This area is 30 miles southeast of Santiago, nestled against the Andes mountain foothills between 1,450 and 1,700 foot elevations. The family purchased the property in 1963 and first planted vines there in 1994.

The rocky soils and temperate microclimate of the region create exceptional growing conditions. Additionally, the cooling influences of the Andes mountain air and the Pacic Ocean breezes allow for slow ripening conditions that lead to a fresh, vibrant fruit expression, natural acidity, and soft tannins.

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. The soils here tend to be high in salinity and low in potassium, which can present viticultural challenges, but new vineyard management techniques have been implemented to combat these issues.

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, originally a Bordeaux variety which has found a successful home in Chile. White wines are also produced, especially near the cooler coast, from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

CHMPRC3801009_2009 Item# 146551