Country: Chile  Region: Aconcagua Valley  Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon

The Aconcagua Valley is located northeast of Santiago, the capital of Chile. This is a relatively hot area, and though both white and red varietals thrive here, the region is justly famous for full-flavored reds. It is also famous for its rich wine making history. Wine making was first practiced there during the Colonial Period. These XVII century colonists also were the first to introduce the “hacienda” architecture.

In Situ is a limited production wine from selected grapes grown in their Estate vineyards on the upper hillsides of Paidahuen Hill located in central Chile at the foot of the Andes Mountains. The total planted surface area is about 241 acres.

This Reserva is deep red in color, made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes that sport both soft and bold tannins, and subtle aromatic notes, thanks in part to the riverbank soil from which they grow. You’ll find notes of red fruit, chocolate and black pepper. The palate presents a well-structured body and vanilla and coffee notes on the finish. It’s ready to enjoy now, but with proper cellaring, will keep for another five years. Serve at room temperature in large goblets with roast beef, lamb chops and well-aged cheeses.

In Situ Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva:CABERNET SAUVIGNON GRAPES — Widely planted, this premium red grape is a prolific grower — small, dark, thick skinned and late-maturing. One of the world’s most widely recognized grape varieties, it is also one of the youngest, originating in the 17th century with the crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. It usually produces tannic wines with black currant/cassis aroma and flavor. Flavors and characteristics vary with the region where it is grown. One of its most significant qualities is that it ages so well, sometimes successfully kept for decades. Also called simply Cabernet, it is best known for its affiliation with the Bordeaux region of France.

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