Review of the 2017 Etnico Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec
This earthy, bold Chilean red tastes like pure sophistication. Its a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Malbec. The grapes come from 12-year-old vines planted in gravel with a southern exposure. The 2017 Etnico Gran Reserva is crazy good.
Viñedos Emiliana, is the vineyard these grapes were sourced from. It was the first organic and biodynamic certified vineyard in all of South America and has been certified organic and biodynamic for over 20 years. The winemaker, Alvaro, is known by winemakers from all over South America. They seek his guidance in understanding his techniques. He believes that the best grapes are grown in a healthy ecosystem. This way the grape grows well and makes a wine that shows the terroir it came from. Terroir (ter-wahr; French ter-war) means the natural environment in which a grape grows including soil, climate and region, giving each varietal their distinctive aromas and flavors.
Organic and biodynamic practices believe that the biodiversity and the interaction between the animal kingdom and the plant kingdom play a very important role. To support this relationship they encourage the development and coexistence of different species within each of the vineyards. In the vineyards there are alpacas, horses, cows, birds, and chickens.
Chickens help control pests so the vineyards provide mobile chicken coops in different parts of the vineyard, allowing them to circulate freely fighting insects that may be harmful to the vines.