About This Wine
Chile’s Colchagua Valley has been called “the next Napa.”
And with good reason. As the modern Chilean wine industry has matured, it has become obvious that the Colchagua Valley, located about 80 miles southwest of Santiago, offers exceptional advantages for growers and winemakers alike — a situation similar to that embodied by California’s Napa Valley 50 years ago.
The Colchagua Valley is about 75 miles long and averages about 22 miles wide. It enjoys a balmy, Mediterranean climate with no smog, and receives abundant, luminous sunshine, which winegrapes crave. This special place is the home of La Playa, the maker of Axel wines.
The 2007 Axel blend known as “Primero” melds Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Carmenere, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. And what a harmonious blend it is, with fruit flavors and oak barrel influences harmonizing like a well-practiced choir. When a wine is this good, people may start pondering whether Napa Valley could be the next Colchagua.
About Red Blend
- Grape Composition:44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Syrah, 13% Carmenere & 22% Other Varieties (See Story)
- Grape Source:Chile’s Colchagua Valley
- Aromas & Flavors:Cherry, Plum, Fig, Tobacco, Licorice, Nutmeg and Cocoa
- Aging Vessels:French and American Oak Barrels for 18 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestionbeef barley soup, or sweet sausages.
La Playa’s 2007 Axel Primero is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Syrah, 13% Carmenere, with the balance Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. It offers up an already complex nose of toasty oak, pencil lead, game, pepper, sage, a hint of balsamic, blackcurrant and blackberry. This leads to a medium- to full-bodied, rich, layered, spicy offering that has the structure to evolve for 2-3 years but can be approached now.
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