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Perez Cruz Limited Edition Cot 2012

Malbec from Maipo Valley, Chile
    14% ABV
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    14% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The wine combines the specific notes of the variety and the unmistakable character typical of the Maipo Alto wines. It is a potent wine, well structured and creamy, which at the sametime offers a delicate, attractive freshness. Very perfumed on the nose, with notes of fresh cassis, raspberry, lemongrass and eucalyptus, with a special hint of flowers. The palate issavory, with red cherry and shiitake mushrooms, supported on chalky tannins with good grip.

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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.

    Known for its big, bold flavors and supple texture, Malbec is most famous for its runaway success in Argentina. However, the variety actually originates in Bordeaux, where it historically contributed color and tannin to blends but was susceptible to viticultural problems. After being nearly wiped out by a devastating frost in 1956, it was never significantly replanted, although it did flourish under the name Côt in nearby Cahors. Malbec was brought to Argentina in 1868 by a French agronomist who saw great potential for the variety in Mendoza’s hot, high-altitude landscape, but did not gain its current reputation as the national grape of Argentina until a surge in popularity in the late 20th century thanks to its easy-going drinkability.

    In the Glass

    Malbec typically expresses deep flavors of freshly turned earth, black fruits from berries to plums, and licorice, appropriately backed by dense, chewy tannins. In warmer, New World regions, such as Mendoza, it can be quite intense and often needs time to mellow before becoming drinkable. In the Old World, its rusticity shines, with aged examples showing dusty notes of leather and tobacco. The best examples in all regions often possess a beguiling bouquet of violets.

    Perfect Parings

    Malbec’s rustic character begs for flavorful dishes, like spicy grilled sausages or the classic cassoulet of France’s Southwest. South American iterations are best enjoyed as they would be in Argentina: with a thick, juicy steak.

    Sommelier Secret

    If you’re trying to please a crowd, Malbec is generally a safe bet. With its combination of bold flavors and soft tannins, it will appeal to basically anyone who enjoys red wine. Malbec also wins bonus points for affordability, as even the most inexpensive examples are often quite good.

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