This vineyard, in the Cachapoal Valley in Chile, is located where the Andes Mountains come closest to the Coastal Mountains, forming a microclimate with a gentle air flow that allowed us to use an ancient Italian winemaking technique called “appassimento,” drying the grapes to concentrate sugar and flavors.
We left these Cabernet Sauvignon grapes on the vine to dry for 5 weeks after the “regular” harvest. The grapes were then fermented on the skins to extract full color and tannins, and after pressing and completing the fermentation, aged in French oak barrels for 2 years. The result is this unique Chilean natural “amarone-style” wine, very ripe, raisin-like, smooth and full-bodied.
This intense robust, yet dignified wine is a vibrant tribute to a man of bold pioneering spirit. A man who left Europe with a peso and a dream more than a century ago. His sojourn finished, he settled in the wild west far Pacific coast of Chile. That man was my great grandfather, Fidel Amador. This wine is for him.
His wine is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon that has been dried on the vine, given a long fermentation on the skins, and then aged in oak for 24 months. I am proud to be his great-grandson and am happy to share his wine with you.
– Cesar Baeza, Winegrower
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep red color, beautiful nose, aromas of eucalyptus and mint; full-bodied, complex, robust medley of dark fruits on the palate, amarone-like; well-balanced; lingering, pleasant finish.
Beef, Lamb, Game (deer, venison), Poultry