Family Reserve

merlot selection

Sub-region: Curicó Valley
Soil: Loam | clay | rocky
Alcohol: 13%
Total acidity: 4.5 g/L
Residual sugar: 2 g/L
Mediterranean climate characterized by large day/night temperature differences as a result of the proximity with the Pacific Ocean (80 Km) and the Andes Mountains (60 Km). Unlike the neighboring areas Solana Winery receives a fair amount of wind coming from the south during the summer afternoons. This helps keep the temperature from rising too much during the summer months. Annual precipitation is of 600mm concentrated during the winter months.
This Cabernet Sauvignon is made starting with grapes from parcels in Monte sector, characterized by deep, rocky and sandy loam.

Age of vines: 10 years
Vine management system: Trellis
Density: 3,330 plants/hectare (1,350 plants/acre)
Yield: 14 tons/hectare (5.7 metric tons/acre)
Harvest method: Hand picking, with double selection in vineyard, in second half of April.
Maceration: 12-16 days with cold pre-fermentative maceration for four days at under 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit).
Extraction: Traditional pumping-over.
Fermentation: Starts with active dry yeast (Bayanus); temperature 25-28 degrees Celsius (77-82 Fahrenheit)
Aging: Wine conserved on its lees for 6 months in stainless steel vats with French oak staves.
Tasting Notes
Appearance: Deep, bright ruby red color with red highlights.
Nose: Intense nose of cassis cream, berries and hints of' café and vanilla. In mouth: Elegant texture on the palate with sweet fruits, firm tannins and pleasant acidity.
Pairing recommendation: Baked chicken, roasted beef` brisket.