- Grand Reserve
- Amigo Perro
- Valley: Curicó
- pH: 3,40
- Acidity: 5,52 gr/lt
- Alcohol: 14,0°
- Residual sugar: 2,84 gr/lt
- Yield / hectare: 10 tons
Our Cabernet Franc 2012 is a very vibrant, dark cherry-red color. The nose opens with very intense aromas of berries, fresh herbs and mint over a layer of fruit with added complexity from tones of tobacco and smoke from the barrel aging. Smooth and elegant on the palate, pleasantly complex, medium to full bodied, with an enjoyable persistence at the finish.
Located at latitude 35º S, this valley extends from the base of the Andes Mountains to the Pacific coast. The valley is alluvial in origin, with loam-textured soils that change to deeper clay-loam nearer the coast. It has a semi-arid Mediterranean climate with an extended dry season and more than 700 mm (27.6 in) of precipitation per year. An excellent daytime-nighttime temperature oscillation of more than 18ºC/32ºF makes this a privileged winegrowing valley.
The grapes were handpicked in April and taken to the winery in 15 kg cases, where they were gently crushed and deposited in stainless steel tanks. 100% of the fruit was cold soaked at 10º C (50ºF) for five days to extract more color and fruit flavors. Alcoholic fermentation was carried out at 28º–30ºC (79º–86ºF) with two pumpovers and punchdowns daily.
Post-fermentation maceration lasted 15 to 20 days, depending on the development of each individual batch. Following this, 80% of the wine was aged in first- and second-use French oak barrels to round out the wine and produce well-rounded tannins. Once the final blend was obtained, the wine was naturally decanted and lightly filtered before bottling.
Serve with seasoned game birds and pasta with strongly flavored sauces.
Best served at
16°–18º C (61°–64°F)