2007 Calina Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Chile

SKU #1045106

The Calina Cabernet was a Wine Enthusiast Best Buy for both the 2005 and 2006 vintages, with the 2006 receiving this review: "The majority of Calina's wines are solid and worth their price, as is this lively Cab. It gets going with forward aromas of leather, cassis and earth...sweet and smooth raspberry and plum fruit in front of a good finish." (09/08) We fully expect the 2007 to follow suit because it has what so many Cabernets in this price lack - character. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is dark, rich and expansive. It is laced with flavors ranging from plums, cassis and cherry to earth, cedar and anise. It is open and generous on the palate with enough tannin and acidity to keep it balanced and delicious. Calina's 2007 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon features grapes from estate and grower vineyards in Maule, Itata and Colchagua. Located south of Santiago, these regions are still being explored and developed, especially in some of the cold, "marginal" climate areas close to the ocean. This Cabernet shows the character and benefits of a long growing season.The slow, even ripening of the grapes and extended hang time result in lush, complex aromatics coupled with firm balancing acidity. Includes 15% Merlot.

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 By: Jeff Phillips |  Review Date: 4/26/2009 
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After enjoying their bargain Carmenere, I decided to try Calina's Cab. For $7 you're not going to do any better. Leathery aromatics. Teeth sticking tannins and a pleasant finish with a dash of herb on the end. Not a particularly structured or ponderous wine but an enjoyable one, particularly with red meat.
Drink to 2011

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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 Médoc 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.
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Chile

- 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.