Conte Francesco Marone Cinzano, owner of Col d’Orcia in Montalcino, fell in love with the rustic hills of Caliboro, in the heart of Maule. He bought land there in 1995 and planted cabernet, merlot and cabernet franc for his main cuvée, Erasmo. Given the warm conditions of the area, he also decided to grow some garnacha, barbera, carignan and alicante, which he now uses for this refreshing and lively red, filled with red cherry and strawberry flavors. The texture feels tight but without any hint of astringency. Pour it with smoked pork chops.
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Grape Varieties70% Barbera, 30% Garnacha (Grenache)
DescriptionIn 1995 Count Francesco Marone Cinzano, owner of the Col dOrcia estate in Montalcino, Tuscany, decided to expand his production of fine wines to Chile where he foresaw significant potential to produce world-class wines. The vision of Erasmo took Count Cinzano and longtime winemaker Maurizio Castelli to Chiles Central Valley, where they finally decided upon the area of Reserva de Caliboro in the Maule Valley with its gently sloping alluvial terraces, intense sunlight, dry southerly winds and optimal rainfall. Initially, the highest quality French grape clones were imported for this project and the past several years have been spent perfecting vineyard locations, soil exploration, and winemaking techniques. As the estate developed, Count Cinzano decided to plant traditional Mediterranean varieties to produce a handcrafted wine, traditionally made with wild yeasts, and with grapes being fermented together without aging or wood. The result is a lively, juicy wine with persistent fruitiness, balance and harmony, which represents the character of the vintage. Erasmo Barbera Garnacha expresses the potential of this area -- surprising Chile and the world with an innovative blend never tasted before.
VinificationGrapes are hand-selected/manually harvested. Wild yeast fermentations with short macerations in stainless steel tanks are split between the varieties fermenting separately and varieties blended together. The wine was then cold stabilized.
NoseIntense aromas of ripe, wild berries, sweet chocolate and spices
PalateFresh, youthful palate with ripe tannins, lively acidity with notes of berries and spices with a touch of sweetness on the
AnalysisAlcohol: 14 %pH: 3.64RS: 5.25 g/lTA: 5.25 g/l
Serving SuggestionsServe slightly chilled with a variety of dishes from white meat to fish, as well as pizzas and pastas.