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Cachapoal is located northern half of the very well-known Rapel Valle, between Maipo and Colchagua. Over the years, this region became mistakenly overlooked by its more famous neighbors, but recently, this wine region has recently reawakened the interest of some of the most acclaimed wine critics in the world.
Decanter magazine said: “At present, the marketplace is seeing Chilean wine undergo an exhilarating transition from good-value everyday wine to something more diverse and quality-orientated. In the same vein, Cachapoal is finally starting to shed its apathy and aiming to put its name up there with Chile’s best wine regions.”
This first-class wine region is home to Calyptra, a family-owned boutique winery founded by Dr. José Zarhi, a very successful plastic surgeon who purchased the 150-acre estate in 1989.
The 100-acre vineyard is placed on terraces between the pre-Andean range and the Cachapoal river, at nearly 1000 meters altitude. The vines thrive in calcareous and colluvial alluvial terraces. The vineyard is managed under sustainable and organic practices.
Calyptra's philosophy is simple: “To produce unique, authentic, honest wines that reflect the soil, the origin, and the dedication and passion.” They overachieve this mantra by delivering premium wines, that will enchant any wine lover or wine critic. Just to give you an idea of the excellent quality that this winery delivers, these wines have been featured on James Suckling’s “Top Chilean Wines” on several occasions.
This Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva is a juicy wine with a velvety texture and aromas of blackcurrant, blueberry, and black pepper, with a very soft and subtle menthol touch. This amazing wine is ready to drink TODAY!
Aging: 24 months in French oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of fresh fruit like cherries, raspberries, blackberries, and blackcurrants. There are notes of green bell peppers, black pepper, tobacco, and cloves along with a very subtle hint of menthol. This wine is juicy with attractive acidity and smooth tannins. Very fruity and easy to drink. The finish is long, fresh, and velvety. Excellent aging potential.
A concentrated Cabernet, full of strength and maturity. The tannins are firm, supporting flavors of sweet spices, black fruit and coffee notes, which can come from barrel aging, and a soft sweetness that envelops the wine and makes it warm and friendly. ~90 Descorchados
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