Porta Reserva 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted on January 10, 2013

he Guiterrez-Porta family has been making wine for nearly forty-five years in the Cachapoal Valley, a short hour and a half drive from Santiago. It wasn't until 1991 that they began producing wine under the name Casa Porta. After being bought out by Vinedos y Bodegas in 1997, the winery's capital significantly increased. This lead to the acquisition of vineyards throughout several of Chile's wine regions, including Aconcagua, Maipo, Colchagua, and Bio-Bio. They currently produce wine under six different categories (Varietal, Reserva, etc.), each with several wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Chardonnay, Syrah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir. The Reserva 2005 Carmenere comes from the Maipo Valley.

 

Winery - Porta Winery

Location - Rancagua, Colchapoal Valley, Chile

Wine - Porta Reserva 2005  Maipo Valley Carmenere

Grape Varieties - Carmenere

Appellation - Maipo Valley

Alcohol - 14.0% v/v

Price -$15 USD

 

Nose/Aroma - Very earthy scent, muddled with strawberries and oak.

Palate/Flavors - Sweet, overripe cassis and boysenberries upfront that lasts through the finish. Complemented by black pepper and chocolate with an undefinable earthiness. Medium to full body, velvety tannins, and great balance. 

Food Pairing - Chicken cacciatore served over a bed of linguine. 

Comments - Nicely made wine, good balance and complexity. I think I pulled this out of the cellar at its peak. If this is truly worth the price I found, then this is a great deal. I would love to see some of Casa Porta's other wines, since Reserva is only the second in six tiers of wines produced.