Monday, March 07, 2011

Chile's brightest star: Altaïr Vineyards & Winery

It was time for me to write about one of the things I enjoy the most: Wine, and I decided to start with one of my favorite south american vineyards. Altaïr is located at the Cachapoal Valley on the slopes of the Chilean Andes. The fresh air that comes down the Andean mountains and the dry soil, make the perfect combination for the grapes to stay longer in the vine and develop the distinctive subtleness and delicate flavor that gives life to this resplendent  jewel. That's on the side of nature. On the side of man, the craftsmanship and attention to detail of the wine harvest or "vendimia", is a key factor on this winery where quality prevails over quantity.

Altaïr is the brigthest star on the constellation Aquila and it represents a Greek myth where Zeus transformed himself into an eagle to kidnap Ganymedes -a beautiful young man- in order to make him the God's cupbearer.

Delicate, brilliant and extremely elegant, the Altaïr's wines are for sure the brightest star in the Chilean Andes' night. Try to find it near you or to online stores. You can find it in two presentations: Altaïr and Sideral. 

Sideral is a sophisticated and complex blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Carménère with some hints of  fruits and earth.

Altaïr uses the same blend but with an accent on the Carménère stock (this grape, originary from Bordeaux, was considered lost and extinct until it was found in the New World, specifically in Chile and Argentina) and it's a very good example of a fine Chilean Wine, with a beautiful crimson color and hints of red fruits and smoked wood.

For your anxious taste buds: Enjoy the shine of Altaïr.

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