Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Castillo de Molina 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva

Hope you’re not getting tired of the Chilean wines yet. With such a large selection now available, I’ll try to keep it interesting. I picked up a bottle of Castillo de Molina’s 2007 Cabernet during a recent Bottle Rack visit for $8.99.

The nose presents vanilla, peppery spices and oak along with a high alcohol smell. Flavors are fruity with strong tannins and it takes my palate a few sips to adjust to the dryness. Tastes of cassis and smoky oak with a very long and dry finish. It seems most of the inexpensive wines tend to be on the sweeter side, although I do not prefer overly sweet wines, my palate takes some time to get accustomed to this full bodied tannin structure.

Castillo de Molina is produced by Viña San Pedro founded in 1865 by the Correa-Albano brothers Chile’s Curicó Valley. San Pedro with their 1200 hectacres of vineyards is Chile’s second largest exporter of wines. The winery contracts with producers in seven of the country’s viticultural region producing a number of different brands.

The wine is labeled as a "Reserva", what does this mean exactly? Generally there is no regulation on what defines a wine as Reserve but it’s generally accepted rule if a wine is labeled as “Reserva” the wine has undergone special aging techniques. For Castillo de Molina, the grapes are hand harvested picking only the best Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The wine then is treated to an extended maceration period that begins prior to and continues 2 or 3 weeks after fermentation. This allows the fruit to achieve a higher concentration of flavors.

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