Serene and confident with an inviting balance of lush dark fruit and smoky spices, this is an engaging glass that will keep you reaching for more.
I am a huge fan of wine clubs. Friends and family all know that for any gift-giving occasion, a wine club is the way to go for me. As much as I love picking out wines, there is something so incredibly fun about having a box filled with “surprise” wine delivered to your door. Wine clubs today offer an enormous range of variety and price, and are an excellent source for hard to find grapes and up-and-coming areas. This fantastic Carmenère arrived by way of one of the most legendary clubs, The International Wine of the Month Club. Since 1994 they have been offering family owned, estate bottled wines along with the best vintages and unique finds.
Estate: Hailing from St. Emilion, Bordeaux, Emilio Bouchon founded Viña Casa Silva in 1892. The family established themselves as pioneers at the northern edge of the Colchagua Valley in central Chile. Today the family owned company is headed by the 6th generation of winemakers, who, with their dedication to the old vineyards and preservation of the terrior, have developed into “the most award-winning Chilean winery in the 21st century” and, experts on Carmenère.
Philosophy: The family is devoted to transferring “the pride of its roots and its respect for nature and their people, to the world and its future generations” along with continuing their legacy as innovators and pioneers in the Colchagua Valley.
Winemaking: The estate is certified sustainable and has introduced a large area of vines that are additionally, farmed using organic methods. All of the processes from vineyard to winery have been officially certified as “Energy Efficient”. The Microterroir label is the result of the Silva’s family commitment to “maximum expression of quality” through the first micro-terrior study ever conducted in Chile in conjunction with Professor Yerko Moreno at the University of Talca. The project focuses on researching different aspects of terroir, including climate fluctuations, soil composition and vine characteristics, with a goal of discovering primes sites for specific grapes such as Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Viognier The grapes were sourced from small sections of their Los Lingues Vineyard located at the foot of the Andes Mountains.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with robust aromas of tart cherry, cigar box spice and a hint of funk. Rich black currant and blueberry flavours joined velvety tannins and an elongated finish of crushed black peppercorn, chocolate and wisps of smoky cedar.
Produced and Bottled by Viña Casa Silva
$55 [Average Price]
Sample submitted for review purposes.