2012 J. Bouchon "Canto Norte" Maule Valley

SKU #1136633

The history goes of the Bouchon family dates back to 1892 when Emile Bouchon left his home of Bordeaux to come to Chile. The family continues to follow his vision, cultivating their terroir and fashioning boutique wines made with Bordeaux varieties. The fruit for the Canto Norte comes primarily from the sandy soils of the family's Santa Rosa estate. It is a blend of 75% Merlot, 15% Carmenere, 5% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruit shows primarily black cherry and raspberry notes with lots of spice notes. It is more medium to full-bodied making it an ideal pairing with roast chicken or grilled pork loin.

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Staff Image By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/5/2013 | Send Email
Don't shy away from this if you are a merlot hater. This is actually a perfect blend with the addition of a little carmenere, cab sauv and cab franc. Currants, blackberry, baking spices, and a touch of capsicum. Classic Bordeaux style blend with a nice core of fruit. Delicious and a steal for the price!

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the M├ędoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.


- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8