Grandes Vinos de San Pedro stands out with excellent scores in Wine Advocate
Luis Gutiérrez, the critic responsible for tasting Chilean and Argentinian wines for Wine Advocate (www.robertparker.com) published his latest article entitled “Chile: Earth, Air, Fire and Water” on the 28th April.
With regards to Viña San Pedro, the winemaking team in Madrid was able to carry out a mini vertical tasting of Cabo de Hornos, in which six vintages of the icon wine (1994, 1998, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2014) were tasted.
Amongst his favorites was Cabo de Hornos 1994, which was described in the following way: “I was blown away by the nose of the first vintage of this Cabernet Sauvignon”. He then adds that, “This has the complexity of years in bottle, with a very classical nose of cedar wood, graphite and tobacco leaves and is also very spicy, showing even hints of curry. The palate is very elegant and polished, still with some tannins. This is really amazing. If you have a bottle, there is no rush to drink it, but now it’s really pleasant”. This wine scored 94 points.
Another vintage that was highlighted was the 2010, which received 93 points and the following tasting note: “I noticed the character, the light and the brightness of the fruit of Cachapoal in the 2010 Cabo de Hornos Cabernet Sauvignon with notes that could be described as “blue” fruit, a wine that breaks with the old style (…). “It is spicy, balsamic, minty and with notes of iron and blood. A very good Cabernet Sauvignon” he concludes.
The last vintage for the vertical tasting was the 2014, which received +91 points and the following tasting note: “This is very balanced, extremely young and fruit-driven. This has the Cachapoal brightness and light, still somehow covered by the baby fat that needs to be rendered by time in bottle. I should taste 20 years of wines like this to understand where they are coming from and where they will go. Thanks to the San Pedro team, I have understood this wine forever”, he concludes.
Meanwhile, the other icon wine of the portfolio, Altaïr, stood out with a consistent 93 points for two vintages: 2013 and 2014. He reports that the main difference between the two harvests is the oak treatment. The 2014 vintage is considerably less intrusive, since they began to use some 600 liter barrels and the 2000 liter fudres. “There is more purity, a better expression of the fruit and especially the place. This is very obviously young, and even if it’s very pleasant and easy to drink, I’d wait a little to pull the cork as it should develop a lot more complexity”, he points out in his tasting notes for Altaïr 2014.
Furthermore Sideral, the five variety blend, received 90 points for two vintages: 2014 and 2015. The 2014 was described by Gutiérrez in the following way: “The grapes achieved good ripeness, and the wine shows quite harmonious with a very tasty palate. I see more Cachapoal character with some time in bottle”. On the other hand the 2015 vintage “is juicy and approachable, somehow different than the 2014 but at a similar quality level”.
Kankana del Elqui and Tierras Moradas also received outstanding scores. Kankana del Elqui 2013 scored 93 points and was described with the following tasting note: “Tremendously balsamic and aromatic, it mixes aromas of green olives, bay leaf and smoky bacon. The barrique feels perfectly integrated, and the wine comes through as powerful but fresh. An impressive Syrah”. Meanwhile, the 2014 vintage obtained 92 points and was described as “more powerful and a little more concentrated, with perhaps a finer texture and rounder tannins. It’s a matter of preference, but today I give the edge to the 2013”.
Tierras Moradas 2013 Carménère from the Maule Valley was awarded 91 points and the following tasting note: “It’s a classical Carménère from Maule, with those ash aromas, balsamic and a little herbal, in a more Bordeaux style. It’s sourced from a warm zone, even at night, and the variety ripens properly. The palate is spicy, with clout, with some oak flavors in the background. A tasty Carménère”, he concludes.