The name "Paseo" means to take a slow, easy stroll in Spanish. For winemaker Hector Saldivia, trained at Château Lafite-Rothschild, one of the most notable wineries in Bordeaux, creating this magnificent unfiltered Cabernet Sauvignon was just that easy – like a walk in the park.
The Paseo Prestige carries all the cachet you'd expect from a Cab produced in the Maule Valley, one of the hottest areas for Chilean Central Valley reds. Experts point to the soil and weather conditions here as qualities that make Chilean Cabernet Sauvignons capable of rivaling those of Bordeaux.
Intense ruby red in color, this full, concentrated and well-structured 100% cabernet sauvignon spent 12 months in French oak barrels implying great aging potential. It opens with aromas and flavors reminiscent of caramel and vanilla with smoky notes. Pleasantly intense in the mouth with good fruit showing ripe concentrated red berries.
Cabernet Sauvignon of this quality cries out for a buttery, cheesy dish. Paired with red wine and mushroom risotto, there's nothing better!
About the Winemaker
Founded in 1825, the Carta Vieja estate is now in its seventh generation of ownership by the del Pedregal family and remains 100% family-owned and family–managed.
About the Region
In 1980, Chilean wines accounted for only 0.3% of U.S. wine imports. Today, Chile is the fifth largest wine exporter in the world, outstripping Germany, Spain, Argentina and Portugal in exports to the U.S. The Maule Valley, in particular, is known for its superb reds.
With its relatively low labor costs and abundant, inexpensive land, Chile was able to establish itself on the world market as a source of cheap bulk wines of varying quality. The industry boomed during the 1990s. By 2001, wine export earnings increased nearly 60-fold, and vineyard acreage grew by nearly 85%.
As wine consumers became more sophisticated, however, Chile’s jug-wine image began to work to its disadvantage, and the country does not have as clear a plan for maintaining its export momentum as Australia’s Strategy 2025, for example. An effort at organization is being made, however. Two years ago, the Association of Vineyards of Chile was formed, representing both large estates and smaller boutique wineries. The group’s mission is to create a unified image of Chilean wine on the world market.
As its perception changes, the world market is now recognizing Chile as a source of terrific values, challenging Bordeaux, Australia and California for producing quality Cabernet Sauvignons that deliver great quality for the price.