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2012 J. Bouchon Canto Sur Red Blend 

Maule Valley, Chile

Retail $13

In 1892, Emile Bouchon took his love for winemaking from Bordeaux, France, to Chile's Maule Valley. Today his great-grandson Julio Bouchon, who trained in Bordeaux, makes wine in the Bordeaux tradition at the family estate. At 650 feet above sea level, the area's granite-topped clay soils allow deep root structures, a prime requirement for Bordeaux grapes. Vineyards are farmed without irrigation, relying on natural rainfall. Grapes are sourced equally from the winery's Santa Rosa vineyard, which stretches along the sandy southern banks of the Maule River, and the clay-based Mingre vineyard. Fashioned after the wines of Bordeaux's Medoc region, this bottling is a blend of 50 percent cabernet sauvignon, 30 percent carmenere and 20 percent merlot. After hand harvesting, the fruit is destemmed and undergoes full malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The grapes from each vineyard are vinified separately, blended, filtered and aged 58 days in individual tanks with minimal neutral oak contact. In the glass, it exudes aromas of ripened fruit, espresso, spice notes and a hint of pepper. On the palate, taste cherry, blackberry, cassis, good acidity and smooth tannins. Decant 30 minutes before serving. Drink it with grilled steaks, roasted meats, braised short ribs, barbecue and aged cheeses. Buy it at: Martin Wine Cellar. ­— BRENDA MAITLAND


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