Alba de Domus Red Blend 2014
Bright and deep ruby purple in the glass with aromas of candied cherries, raspberries and herbal tones. Alba de Domus opens up with wild berries and mint bringing about balance, integrated structure and fine tannins followed by a ripe juicy texture. Lively and smooth, it has an elegant body that evolves into a bright finish of slightly jammy red fruits and discrete mineral tones.
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot
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The Maipo Valley is Chile’s most famous wine region. Set in the country’s Central Valley, it is warm and quite dry, often necessitating the use of irrigation. Alluvial soils predominate but are supplemented with loam and clay.
The climate in Maipo is best-suited for ripe, full-bodied reds like Cabernet Sauvignon (the region’s most widely planted grape), Merlot, Syrah and Carmenère, a Bordeaux variety that has found a successful home in Chile.
White wines are also produced with great prosperity, especially near the cooler coast, include Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot, the best of these are densely hued, fragrant, full of fruit and boast a structure that begs for cellar time. Somm Secret—Blends from Bordeaux are generally earthier compared to those from the New World, which tend to be fruit-dominant.