2010 Von Siebenthal "Parcela #7" Gran Reserva Aconcagua Valley (Previously $17)

SKU #1116606 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Parcela 7 Gran Reserva is a blend of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 20% Petit Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc aged in French and American oak for 18 months (second fill). It has a subtle red currant and blackberry-scented bouquet with touches of sous-bois and bell pepper that are very attractive. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and pure red berry fruit mixed with black pepper, sage and cured meats. It is very well-balanced and fresh, the finish supple and in tune with the oak. This is very fine and, again, should age nicely over several years. Drink now-2018.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Located in the Aconcagua Valley of Chile, Von Siebenthal wines caused quite the stir when we first brought them in. Parcela #7 quickly endeared itself to staff and customers alike with a degree of balance, elegance and completeness seldom seen for the price. Well, we are thrilled to have the winery's Parcela #7 bottling back in stock. The blend consists roughly of 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 15% Petit Verdot and 15% Cabernet Franc. For anyone curious about up-and-coming producers in Chile, Von Siebenthal is definitely one to watch.

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 14.5