|Mr. & Mrs. Wine Guy|
|Early Canepa Winery Truck|
photo from www.canepawines.cl
Those of you who are regular readers know my penchant for both Italian food and Italian wine. You also know I'm fond of touting the Italian connection many fine Latin American wineries have with Italy. Scratch a fine winery down here and in nearly 8 out of 10 cases you'll discover a founder or winemaker of Italian descent.. So it is with Canepa, a solid Chilean producer founded by an Italian immigre from Genoa Italy in 1930. Canepa is still family owned today but affiliated with Chile's well known Concha y Toro. That winery as I have mentioned in this blog before also has Italian roots.
Canepa has a reputation for quality carmenere which you would expect from a good Chilean producer. They are also appreciated for the number of different quality Cabernet Sauvignons they produce including the aforementioned Classico. Canepa utilizes the addition of single digit percentages of carmenere to smooth out their cabs and they were also pioneers in Chile in utilizing stainless steel tank aging. As a result, these are not the big bold muscular cabernets you might find in Napa or Sonoma. They are, however, well crafted with typical caberernet dark fruit aromas and flavors. While the wood is absent, there are plenty of full grape tannins and these wines are, indeed enjoyable. The classico makes for an exceptional party wine at an affordable price.
I knew I had done well when two of my guests emailed me after the event to make sure they knew what I had served and where to obtain it. It's always a great experience with enjoy good wine with good friends. That, to me, is what good wine is all about.