Haras de Pirque Albis 2005
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere
This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Carménère from Pirque, one of the highest altitude vineyards of the Alto Maipo. The cool influence of the Andes shows in rosemary and menthol notes, as well as in the firm frame of acidity that sharpens the focus on ripe fruit. It lasts on flavors of cherries and blackberries, ready to enjoy with a steak.
The 2005 Albis (a collaboration with Marchesi Antinori) is a blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Carmenere aged in French oak for 18 months. Purple-colored, it delivers a sophisticated nose of mineral, pencil lead, spice box, violets, blueberry, and black currant. Bordeaux-like, it has an elegant personality, a smooth texture, savory flavors, and excellent balance.
This mature blend of Cabernet and Carmenere shows classic Maipo characteristics on the nose and palate. It smells foresty and spicy, with cola, tobacco, olive and earthy, leathery berry aromas. Tastes rooty like fruitcake with coffee, spice and raisin flavors. Legitimately complex but leafy and earthy.