Sincerity Merlot - Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
"The second vintage of Sincerity is tight and firm. Under the dark mineral scent of schist, you can pick out the flavor of sweet black berries and strawberry jam, while the tannins keep the tension with their muscular texture. . . . a delicious red Alvaro Espinoza crafted at Santa Emiliana's biodynamic vineyard in Los Robles Estate, in the northern hillsides of Colchagua Valley."
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Deep red in color, the wine has an intense berry and black-fruit aroma, with some coconut and vanilla notes as well. Elegant on the palate, it offers concentrated black fruit flavors. The wine is well structured with great concentration, round and soft tannins, and a long finish. 75% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon
The production of certified organic grapes by St. Emiliana is done with the purpose of respecting the natural process in the yearly growth cycle of the grapes, and to protect and isolate the vineyards from any elements that do not belong to its natural environment.
Through this system, the terroir can reach its maximum expression and identity, which is transferred to the wine through the grapes. The search for quality is the companion of organic agriculture in the sense that yields are normally lower because the vines need to go deep in the soil to get adequate nutrients.
At Viñedos Organicos Emiliana, quality is the constant, from selection of the land to cultivation, harvesting and finally, to the most meticulous details of vinification and storage. At VOE, quality, respect for man and nature are the pillars of our work.
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In 1998, Santa Emiliana Winery of Chile contributed its best vineyards in the Casablanca, Maipo and Colchagua Valleys to an organic farming effort. This led to the creation of Viñedos Organicos Emiliana (V.O.E.). At V.O.E.:
-Corridors of flowers and pastures help to improve the biodiversity and beauty of the location.
-The animals that feed in the pastures help control the insects and maintain the fertility of the soil.
-The basic compost in the fertility of our vineyards provides the necessary nutrients and improves the microbiology of the soil.
-The landscape is respected in the construction of the cellars.
-Intervention is minimal. Raw materials such as stone, adobe, wood and copper were used for the architecture and construction.
-The best technology processes the fruit: a gravitational receiving system, small stainless steel and French oak casks, hydraulic basket presses and barrel storage locations with sophisticated temperature control.
-The infrastructure provides a delicate care of the grapes and wines where maximum quality is the target.
Dramatic geographic and climatic changes from west to east make Chile an exciting frontier for wines of all styles. Chile’s entire western border is Pacific coastline, its center is composed of warm valleys and on its eastern border, are the soaring Andes Mountains.
Chile’s central valleys, sheltered by the costal ranges, and in some parts climbing the eastern slopes of the Andes, remain relatively warm and dry. The conditions are ideal for producing concentrated, full-bodied, aromatic reds rich in black and red fruits. The eponymous Aconcagua Valley—hot and dry—is home to intense red wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot.
The Maipo, Rapel, Curicó and Maule Valleys specialize in Cabernet and Bordeaux Blends as well as Carmenère, Chile’s unofficial signature grape.
Chilly breezes from the Antarctic Humboldt Current allow the coastal regions of Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley to focus on the cool climate loving varieties, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Chile’s Coquimbo region in the far north, containing the Elqui and Limari Valleys, historically focused solely on Pisco production. But here the minimal rainfall, intense sunlight and chilly ocean breezes allow success with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The up-and-coming southern regions of Bio Bio and Itata in the south make excellent Riesling, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Spanish settlers, Juan Jufre and Diego Garcia de Cáceres, most likely brought Vitis vinifera (Europe’s wine producing vine species) to the Central Valley of Chile sometime in the 1550s. One fun fact about Chile is that its natural geographical borders have allowed it to avoid phylloxera and as a result, vines are often planted on their own rootstock rather than grafted.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.