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Miguel Torres Manso de Velasco Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine honors the former Governor of Chile, Manso de Velasco. He was an entrepreneur and known to be brave for his courage on the battlefield. He founded Curicó, the location of his vineyards, which is part of the Central Valley of Chile and one of the most important wine-producing areas in South America when it comes to high yields of vines. The Manso de Velasco single vineyard produces exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon and is well known for its deep and intense color. Chile has excellent climate conditions to grow vines. The seasons are well differentiated with temperature shifts greater than 20ºC. The Curicó Valley was the region chosen by Miguel Torres when he began his Chilean wine enterprises in 1979, bringing with him from Spain a number of technological advances, which had a significant impact on the Chilean wine industry. Miguel Torres has the most modern facilities for receiving their grapes from the vineyard all the way through to final delivery of the wine. The grapes are picked by hand. Red wines are fermented together with the skins to add color. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks under a temperature-controlled system called a jacket. This is a sleeve around the tank, also made of stainless steel, through which hot or cold water can be piped in as necessary. Oak barrels, both American and French, are used, and the type of oak gives the wine its required woody, spicy, and floral notes. Once bottled, they are laid down so the wine can stabilize. After bottling, the wines are held upright for 15 minutes and then turned to a semi-horizontal position. This allows the cork to return to its natural position and swell so no air can enter and the wine can touch the cork, preventing it from drying out. The Manso de Velasco remains upright for about 6 months before release.

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Don Miguel Torres:
The Torres family surname has been linked with wine for more than three centuries, during which time our ancestors have worked vineyards in Penedès, a land with a millenarian tradition of wine. Our family has been dedicated to working the land, passing on their commitment from generation to generation.

Tasting Notes:

A powerful and elegant wine, this cabernet sauvignon has an intense violet color. The dense red fruits come out both in taste and smell, along with a hint of toasted oak and savory spices. This top wine from Miguel Torres is grown from 100-year old vines, in low yield, which allow for the high concentration of fruit.

This wine honors the former Governor of Chile, Manso de Velasco. He was an entrepreneur and known to be brave for his courage on the battlefield. He founded Curicó, the location of his vineyards, which is part of the Central Valley of Chile and one of the most important wine-producing areas in South America when it comes to high yields of vines. The Manso de Velasco single vineyard produces exclusively Cabernet Sauvignon and is well known for its deep and intense color. Chile has excellent climate conditions to grow vines. The seasons are well differentiated with temperature shifts greater than 20ºC. The Curicó Valley was the region chosen by Miguel Torres when he began his Chilean wine enterprises in 1979, bringing with him from Spain a number of technological advances, which had a significant impact on the Chilean wine industry. Miguel Torres has the most modern facilities for receiving their grapes from the vineyard all the way through to final delivery of the wine. The grapes are picked by hand. Red wines are fermented together with the skins to add color. Fermentation occurs in stainless steel tanks under a temperature-controlled system called a jacket. This is a sleeve around the tank, also made of stainless steel, through which hot or cold water can be piped in as necessary. Oak barrels, both American and French, are used, and the type of oak gives the wine its required woody, spicy, and floral notes. Once bottled, they are laid down so the wine can stabilize. After bottling, the wines are held upright for 15 minutes and then turned to a semi-horizontal position. This allows the cork to return to its natural position and swell so no air can enter and the wine can touch the cork, preventing it from drying out. The Manso de Velasco remains upright for about 6 months before release.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14%

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