2013 Epica, Red Blend, San Pedro, Chile
LCBO Price: $14,95
My good friend Ali has discovered this wine and generously donated a bottle to my "research"...
Here are my notes and what I chose to pair it with along with the recipe.
Vina San Pedro was founded in 1865 and is one of the largest and oldest wineries to export its wines out of Chile. With a strong commitment to the environment, Vina San Pedro practices eco-friendly techniques for a more sustainable production. And since soccer is so popular in the country, Vina San Pedro has developed a soccer school which includes 2 stadiums! Being very involved in their community, some of their programs sponsor transport, gear and meals to more than 80 kids. Some of its brands include Gato Negro, Castillo de Molina and of course, Epica!
This red blend consists of 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Carménère and 5% Syrah. The Cabernet Sauvignon is from 3 different areas of Chile; Maipo, Colchagua and the Maule Valleys while the Syrah and Carménère hail from the Maule Valley exclusively.
It is a young wine, dark ruby in color and nice legs after a few swirls in the glass. (13.5% abv and 12g of sugar per litre)
Medium intensity aromatics with beautifully ripe red fruit, I even get a little blueberry jam, some clove, nutmeg as well as green bell pepper. Smokey with a hint of vanilla and fresh dill (which is always my cue that some American oak was used in the winemaking process).
Fleshy, rich and somewhat dense on the palate, it is dry with a touch of residual sugar. The fruit and the smokiness are present. Medium finish, easy to drink and also food friendly.
I would serve this wine with home-made spicy beef or lamb kaftas, various BBQ meats and veggies, bacon-garlic-mushroom pizza, and I could go on and on! But, what I chose to serve it with was this traditional homemade meatloaf that my mom used to make, but with my personal twist! My mom made it using the regular meatloaf ingredients and it had a ketchup topping that would caramelize as it baked. I spiced this meatloaf, made my own breadcrumbs (without any bread!) and it was the moistest, most delicious hunk of meatloaf I have ever had! Sorry maman!!!
The wine's soft tannins married beautifully with the texture of the meat. The fruit enhanced the spices and ketchuppy topping... It was scrumptious!
Santé et Bon Appétit!