2009 La Cruz Red Blend
Chile: Colchagua Valley
Prepare yourself, dear Operative: Today’s Estampa 2009 La Cruz Red Blend might just take your breath away. Exceedingly gorgeous, with rich flavors of dark berry, wood smoke, and fresh herbs, your tongue might have to pinch itself after the first sip.
This wine is a blend of Carménère (58%), Cabernet Sauvignon (35%) and Syrah (7%). For those that don’t know Carménère, it is often called the lost Bordeaux varietal of France where it was used as a blending component - before migrating to Chile, where the grape now thrives.
If you love bold, rich reds, I offer you this treat with my boldest recommendation. Cheers!
An inky, dark crimson, on the foreboding side of the tracks.
Richly layered, with dark fruit enveloping notes of savory herbs and dark earth. Hints of a charcoal barbecue are also present, with added aromas of saddle leather, dried mushroomy earth, dark roasted coffee bean, and vanilla.
A gorgeous wine, with grilled notes of black plum, berry, and black cherry mingling with sage, rosemary, espresso bean, baker’s chocolate, rich leather, and dried blueberry. Truly hits all the right notes just about perfectly.
Incredibly well balanced, this is a thinking man’s wine - a wine this robust and flavorful needs some time dedicated to it.
Garlic-mustard rubbed beef skewers, cooked on the grill, and served with rosemary-seasoned fingerling potatoes.
What the Winery Says
- Johana Pereira
- 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
- Fruit Variety
- 58% Carmenère, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Syrah
- 18 months in French oak, 50% new