This review is of Natura Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 from the Emiliana Winery in Chile. The Emiliana Winery prides itself on its sustainability. This includes their abilities of carbon reduction, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly packaging.
Natura Cabernet Sauvignon is technically a blend of 92% Cabernet Sauvignon and 8% Merlot. Alcohol content of this wine is 13.5%, per the bottle. Price about $8.00 – $10.00.
Along with their sustainability, the Emiliana Winery also practices organic viticulture. Natura Cabernet Sauvignon is certified organic wine.
According to the tasting notes, Natura Cabernet Sauvignon is aged 20% in French Oak for about 6 months.
The climate is described as “Sub humid Mediterranean that presents hot days and temperate nights.” They also say the “nearby Cachapoal River abates summer temperatures by night.”
Additionally, Emiliana Winery says the grapes for this wine are grown in riverbed associated soils and deep alluvial clay loam. The clay helps provides water retention, contributing to good grape ripening.
For a white wine from Emiliana, check out my review of Novas Sauvignon Blanc.
Natura Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting
In appearance, this wine is dark plum in color with a dark garnet ring around the edges. Little light shines through.
The wine is very leggy. There were numerous quick falling legs on the sides of the glass.
Natura Cabernet Sauvignon presents an earthy aroma with a hint of cocoa shells. Very little alcohol was noted on the nose.
The wine’s taste was like pure Cabernet Sauvignon and dry as expected. Hints of vanilla and black currant were noted. The wine definitely has some body to it. But, it’s not a heavy Cabernet Sauvignon by any means.
Mouthfeel was like linen and present, yet balanced, tannins were noticed all over the mouth.
Finish of Natura Cabernet Sauvignon was long with a very slight hint of bitterness near the end.
The Emiliana Winery recommends pairing this wine with “well-seasoned, strong-flavored dishes such as pasta with Bolognese sauce, stuffed cannelloni, grilled beef, pork, or poultry.” And they say “it also goes very nicely with ripe cheeses, salami, ham, and pastrami.”
Overall, this wine is an enjoyable, straightforward and long lasting Cabernet Sauvignon. I haven’t always had good experiences with Chilean wines but this was definitely an exception and I would gladly drink this again.