About The Author:

"Roger, The Wine Guy" is Roger Yazell, CWS. He is a member of the International Wine Guild and has had a long time admiration of wine. After careers in broadcasting, advertising and marketing account management, he explored his love of wine in hospitality, wholesale and retail sales. The intent of Roger's Grapevine is to share stories, history and information that will add to the reader's love, enjoyment and appreciation of wine and sake'.

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(Note: The Wine Guy is currently undergoing chemotherapy and this blog will be on hiatus for the duration and into a recovery period. The Wine Guy is planning to celebrate his recovery with a trip to the two wine producing regions in Argentina and that should provide for some interesting new blogs. Meanwhile please enjoy the archives and feel free to email in the interim.)

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

A Very Nice Cabernet From Chile

The Torres:  one of the world's premier wine families.
Photo from www.migueltorreschile.com
      For just under 145 years, the Torres family has been involved in the production, distribution and promotion of wine.  They are not only the first family of wine in their native Espana but you readily argue that they have become the world's first family of wine.  Their wines are available in 140 countries and they have been the subject on this blog before (see the Grapevine archives).

Santa Digna
  The Wine Guy has long been a fan of Torres wine from the bold yet creamy Chardonnay produced at the Miramar Torres estate in Sonoma, California to the wonderfully bold Tempranillo called Celeste produced at their Ribera del Duero holdings in Spain.

   Today The Wine Guy would like to add a wine from the family's Chilean properties:  Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon.  It is a very classic cabernet with characteristic ruby red coloring and black fruit aromas.  There is a notable hint of licorice and the moderately bold tannins slowly fade on the lingering finish.  It is one of the nicer cabernet sauvignons  I've sampled here in my new home of Ecuador.  I was fortunate enough to uncover a couple of bottles of some older vintages and particularly enjoyed the 2003 I had purchased.  It appears this wine is well made for developing in the bottle when properly cellared.  I'm looking forward to trying out the other of the older vintages, a 2002, in the not too distant future.

  The name Santa Digna comes from crosses used as district land boundary markers in the Central Valley region of Chile.  These crosses were meant to signify not only territorial limits but were also taken as a sign of good fortune for travelers.    If, in your travels, you have the good fortune to encounter a bottle of Miguel Torres Chile Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon, I would suggest pausing your journey long enough to enjoy this delightful wine!

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