In 1995, Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, owner of the eminent Col d’Orcia estate in Montalcino, visited the Maule Valley in Chile on a trip to the Conquistadores Trail. He fell in love with the land – an area he felt exhibited a true “Harmony of Nature” - and felt there was immense potential for the production of world-class wines. Count Cinzano and longtime consultant Maurizio Castelli settled on the area of “Riserva di Caliboro” in the Maule Valley to establish Erasmo. The decision to farm organically was paramount from the beginning. In fact, the Caliboro area was chosen because of the allowance of dry farming. The estate was certified organic with the 2014 vintage.
Count Cinzano’s life is inextricably linked with fine wine, with a family tradition of winemaking dating back over 400 years. His unshakeable dedication to producing the highest quality sustainable and organic wines is apparent with Erasmo, but it does not end with grapes. His dedication to the people behind the wines is foremost. Most of the estate’s workers live on the farm and are allowed to cultivate their own plot of land within the propriety, as well as keep their own livestock.
The Caliboro Valley lies along the river Perquilauquen. It is covered in gently sloping alluvial terraces and rich in native vegetation and wildlife. The area enjoys intense sunlight, dry southerly winds, and optimal rainfall. Grapes are hand-harvested. Each variety is fermented separately using wild yeast in stainless steel tanks. The varieties are then blended together and cold stabilized. There is no age or wood used, in order to preserve freshness and youth in the wine.
Tasting Notes: Red Wine. 60% Barbera, 30% Garnacha, and 10% Cariñena. Intense aromas of ripe, wild berries, sweet chocolate, and spices. Fresh, youthful palate with ripe tannins and lively acidity with notes of berries, spices, and a touch of sweetness on the finish. Serve slightly chilled with a variety of dishes from white meat to fish, as well as pizzas and pastas.
A delicious red as always with cherry, orange peel, and walnut character on the nose and palate. Medium to full body, chewy finish. Shows intensity. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now. ~92 James Suckling
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