August 2020 Wine Club Red

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2016 PEÑALOLEN CABERNET SAUVIGNON MAIPO VALLEY

Peñalolen winery was founded by vineyard owner Ricardo Peña and his wife Isabel. They are focused on producing unique Chilean wines, full of personality and verve. The wines are made by winemaker Jean-Pascal Lacaze, well respected for his deft hand in producing memorable wines. All grapes are grown and hand harvested with meticulous care to guarantee the integrity of the fruit, and picked early in the morning when the weather is coolest. Peñalolen truly is a family-owned, boutique winery committed to making wines of distinction.

This 2016 vintage is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 4% Merlot and 3% Carménère. The wine is aged in French oak barrels for 12 months before it is bottled, to create a complex, velvety wine with a soft structure, spicy tannins and a fruity finish. Wine & Spirits magazine awarded this wine 91 points, describing the wine as follows:

“There’s a lot of eucalyptus influence in the aroma of the 2016, but it doesn’t diminish the wine’s gentle texture and pretty black-currant flavor. Rather, it helps capture the cool mountain woodland feel of the Andes. You could take this red in different directions, whether toward shredded braised pork or rosemary-studded roast lamb.”

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