2010 Laura Hartwig Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva Colchagua Valley

SKU #1121248 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva is sourced from 32-year old vines and apparently endured a long, drawn-out malolactic fermentation. It has a succulent, generous bouquet of blackberry, blueberry and violets, with fine delineation and well-integrated, judicious oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, silky tannins. This has a core of pure black fruit laced with tobacco and graphite, while the finish demonstrates finesse and class. This is a top Cabernet from Colchagua that is well worth seeking out. Drink 2013-2019. Laura Hartwig Winery was established in 1990 and they presently cultivate around 80 hectares of vine in the Colchagua Valley. I met with Alejandro Hartwig Bisquertt at the winery to taste through his current releases, plus some mature examples. (NM)  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Laura Hartwig is a new discovery for us, and if her 2010 value releases are any indication, certainly a winery to watch in the coming years. Consisting of 80 hectares in the Colchagua Valley, Laura Hartwig works biodynamically to cultivate her grapes. This particular Cabernet is very well made, showing off beautiful currant and berry fruits, with admirable restraint, balance and texture combining to create an elegant, seamless cab if it were twice the price, let alone for the under $13 asking price. Very impressive! (Joe Manekin, K&L South American wine buyer)

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By: Gary Westby |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 2/1/2013  | Send Email
This wine delivers on the value promise of Chile. It has great density without being sweet and a finish that is bracing enough for a variety of foods. If the Hartwig was $30 and from Napa, it would sell out in a day! At $12.99 it is a no brainer for Cab loving wine fans!
Top Value!

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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