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Vina Alamosa 2003 Premium Cabernet Sauvignon

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Wine Description

(2003 Vintage)

Boasting aromas of strawberry jam, chocolate, and leather with toasty and spicy notes, this very ample full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon delivers concentrated fruit flavors visible in its deep red-purple color. It serves well with grilled meats, game or cheese.


“VEEN-yah ah-lah-MOE-sah, press-TEEJ Ka-behr-NAY soh-vee-NYAWN”


100% estate Cabernet Sauvignon; aged in new French oak barrels (65%) and 1 or 2 year old French oak barrels (35%)

Color, Body, Nose, Flavors

COLOR: deep red; NOSE: cherries, leather and vanilla; BODY: full; FLAVOR: concentrated

Region Description

Central Chile boasts an excellent temperate and warm climate for the production of fine wines.

Vintner / Wine Maker

Vina de Larose S.A. nestles in the Cachapoal river valley in the foothills of the Andes. The important difference between day and night temperatures favors the aromatic expression of the different grape varieties and adds an undeniable finesse to the wines.

Each parcel of the vineyard is managed individually according to the precise soil type adjusting the irrigation system to ensure a harvest of grapes rich in sugar and presenting a perfect maturity.


Silver, highly recommended - 2007 World Wine Championships

Food Pairings

This wine serves well with grilled meats, game or cheese.

Wine Bargain: Chilean Cab

The Southern Hemisphere is becoming well known for real wine bargains — where low prices are combined with the kind of quality you’d pay more for elsewhere. And, nowhere is that more true than in the “Thin Country,” Chile. Once snubbed by wine aficionados for their indistinct vintages and lackluster vinification, Chilean wines have undergone a complete turnaround in quality in recent years and are now regarded as some of the best values on the market – giving California a run for its money in the process.

A Repeat Performance of a Star

Things are looking up for Southern Hemisphere Cabernet, too. This is particularly so with our “too-good-to-be-true” 2003 Viña Alamosa, Premium Cabernet Sauvignon from Cachapoal Valley, Chile.

We had numerous requests for the ‘01 vintage (which sold like it was free!). Yet, when it came to replenishing our supply, we skipped the ’02 vintage because we agreed with the winemaker that we’d only offer it when it was blindingly good.

The Pick of the Vineyard

The grapes for this wine were produced from vines that are 57 years old or older, for a rich concentration of flavors, and trellised vertically, for maximum exposure to the sun. The grapes were hand-picked and underwent malolactic fermentation, to soften the tannins. One of the hallmarks of a fine Cabernet Sauvignon is its affinity for oak, as you’ll discover when you experience the lovely toasty vanilla notes that were developed by then aging the wine in French oak barrels. We can’t deliver California Cabernet at this price. But, we can deliver Chilean Cabernet. So, make this your “go-to” wine with delicious steaks on the barbecue.

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