2007 Viña Von Siebenthal Parcela #7 (Previously $16)

SKU #1061343

Here is the much anticipated follow up to one of the real surprises to come from Chile in the past few years. Our notes for last vintage also apply to the 2007, which perhaps is a bit riper but none the worse for the wear. It's still one of our very best meritage blends under $20. Chile’s Aconcagua valley is famous for Cabernet and Carmenere, but this value wine is truly something else. Aromas are very pure, with some dark cherry, smoke, and a degree of nuance that is really quite rare in a wine of this price. The flavors are so subtle and perfectly balanced, with a mouthfeel unlike any other Chilean red I have tasted. This is soft, understated, downright elegant wine here, a wine of terrific balance and incredible texture. 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Petite Verdot and 15% Cabernet Franc. According to Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: "If I were awarding an Oscar for finest performance by a winery, Von Siebenthal would be my winner. All of their wines are amazing values with the under $20 wines being nothing short of mind-boggling."

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 By: AndyG |  Review Date: 11/26/2011 
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Loads of sweet fruit, redolent of cassis. A terrific value.

 By: Alexander Fan |  Review Date: 3/15/2011 
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I'm surprised that the Parcela 7 has not gotten more attention. Robert Parker praised the winery, and he was right. The Parcela 7 shows the elegance and balance of a more expensive wine. Not too fruity and very approachable with fine integrated tannins. For $12, it has great QPR.
Drink from 2011 to 2013

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Varietal:

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.
Country:

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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5