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Grape Varieties70% Barbera, 30% Garnacha (Grenache)
- 93 Points
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-harvested. Wild yeast fermentation 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 and lively acidity with notes of berries, spices and a touch of sweetness on the finish.
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.