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La Playa Axel

Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot

Colchagua Valley, Chile

Alc. 14 %

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$47.99
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$37.49
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Named for the Chilean Pacific coastline, the first La Playa wine was introduced in 1987 by the Axelsen family from California. La Playa Vineyards have named their premium line of wines 'Axel' after their founders. The winery encompasses 600 acres in the Colchagua Valley, which has become known as the 'next Napa', plus 200 acres in Limarí Valley, with additional vineyards in areas such as Curicó Valley, Bío-Bío and Maule Valley.

This region is noted for its abundant sunshine and balmy, Mediterranean climate. The vineyards' ideal location boasts a unique terroir, specifically the weather. Afternoon breezes from the sea temper the effects of hot sun and lead to cooler nights. This microclimate is great for producing fresh, crisp, acidic whites and fruit forward reds. Red varietals from these areas have become widely recognized for their exceptional quality, made predominantly of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Enjoy before 2020 at 18 C.

Look

Resembles a deep, elegant, scarlet red with shimmering reflections.

Smell

Ripe red plum, cherry and raspberry all play really well with notes of sweet vanilla and toasted almonds. Unique hints of cinnamon are bright and intoxicating on the nose. A lingering aroma of bold, black fruit characteristics round everything out quite nicely.

Taste

This bold, full-bodied red wine has a higher acidity than most, compliments of the cool evenings. The balanced acidity gives us better food pairing options and an elevated palate. With notes of wild berries and chocolate, the richness still isn't surpassed or overtaken. The thick skins of the varietals lead to some higher tannins, with notable characteristics of red and black fruit once again, and a subtle, exotic note of juniper.

Pairing

With fruit forward characteristics, this delicious red would be best paired with grilled game meat such as venison. However, if you aren't feeling as adventurous, fire up the BBQ and grill a steak to perfection.

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