Ventisquero Cabernet Sauvignon Grey 2008
Founded in 1998 by Gonzalo Vial, owner of Chile’s leading fresh food producer, Agrosuper, Viña Ventisquero winery is one of the most modern in Chile yet manages to retain a ‘boutique’ and innovative outlook. Viña Ventisquero is the first vineyard in Latin America to make use of a state-of-the-art integrated Management System which has led to its acquisition of three certifications (ISO9001, ISO14001 and HACCP) relating to human health and the highest quality and strictest environmental policy. It is all of these things that has enabled Vina Ventisquero to combine traditional methods of viticulture with the most up-to-date means of vinification. This wine is a deep ruby red wine with aromas of blackcurrant, red berries and a trace of vanilla. On the palate, it has a superb structure of firm and ripe tannins.
A rich nose bursting with 'good soils' floats from the glass. One can tell immediately that the vines who bore the berries are having a happy life ;). The attack is mouth-filling and young, but the wine is made with notable care to present a big but balanced mouthfeel to the palate along with dark cherries and a Bordeaux-like level of purity. Like a richer, slightly darker claret. It all leads to a well composed finish that lengthens and grows on the minds as the wine breathes and evolves. This was my favorite little discovery on a day in which we tasted about a dozen different Chilean reds of all price ranges. The 'Grey' Carmenere was also very good, but I felt the Cabernet was the wine at the table that was clearly punching above & ahead of its weight class.