La Capilla - Cabernet Sauvignon
92 pts Wine Enthusiast 2006


Tasting Notes:
Ruby red in color. The elegant and complex nose is perfumed and offers pronounced aromas of red fruits, black currant, ripe cherries, and subtle notes of sweet herbs and leather (characteristic of this terroir). The palate shows rich evolution and depth with chalky tannins and mineral notes. It has good structure, balance, and fresh acidity leading to a deep finish.

Vineyards:
The grapes come from a selection of the best sectors of blocks 1, 2, 3, and 4 of our La Capilla vineyard near Peralillo in the Colchagua Valley. These blocks of Cabernet Sauvignon have an average age of 21 years. The soils are of volcanic and alluvial origin. They are shallow with good drainage and low fertility and have a large percentage of clay and silt with a compact layer of sandstone one meter deep. Volcanic ash gives the surface a whitish appearance and lends special characteristics to the wine. The vineyard is planted to a density of 3,334 plants per hectare, and the vines are trellised to low vertical shoot position and spur pruned. Shoots are tipped in spring and early summer. Leaves are manually pulled in early March to increase sunlight and ventilation to the grapes.


Vinification process:
The first selection took place in the vineyard, and only the bunches in optimal condition were picked. The grapes were then manually selected prior to destemming and crushing into a tank, where they underwent a 7-day pre-fermentation cold soak at 810C (46-50F) for greater extraction of color and aromatic compounds. The alcoholic fermentation took place with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks at 2829C (82-84F) with four short pump over per day and ending with a 10-day post-fermentation maceration. The new wine was racked to oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation occurred naturally. The finished wine was very lightly filtered before bottling.

Main aromas and flavors:
Black currant, ripe cherries, and subtle notes of sweet herbs and leather


Grape:
Cabernet Sauvignon


Aging process:
The wine was aged for 16 months in French oak barrels, 35% new and 65% with prior use.


Alcohol Contents:
14% vol.


History Awards:
90 pts Parker 2007
88 pts Parker 2005
92 pts Wine Enthusiast 2006
91 pts Wine Enthusiast 2010



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