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Haras de Pirque and Antinori Wines

Haras de Pirque and Antinori Wines

Monday, September 17, 2007

Speakers: Juan Ortega Ste. Michelle Wine Estates - New York State Manager
Aldo Rafanelli - National Antinori Business Division Manager

In 1991, after a highly successful business career in Chile’s private sector, entrepreneur Eduardo Matte acquired an estate that he named Haras de Pirque in the southwestern part of Pirque, a prestigious winegrowing area situated in the Maipo Valley of Chile. In these foothills 120 hectares of vineyards were planted, mainly with reds -Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenere and whites- Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. In March 2003, Haras de Pirque entered into a joint venture with P. Antinori, one of Italy’s leading vintners. Marchese Piero Antinori’s family has been producing remarkable wines since 1385. His interest in Chile and Haras de Pirques wines makes it a first for him in the Southern Hemisphere, 11 wines were served. Prices are full mark-up retail price. Attendees were asked to vote for their two favorite Chilean wines and for the two favorite Antinori wines. 2002 Albis was the favorite for Flight I, 2005 Haras de Pirque Chardonnay placed second for Flight I. 2001 Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Reserve was the favorite Antinori wine. 2003 Cervaro della Sala placed second in Flight II. The majority liked the Brunello.

Haras de Pirque Votes Full Retail Price $
2006 Haras de Pirque Sauvignon Blanc
The Sauvignon Blanc has a lovely aroma of new mown grass, and grapefruit. Lovely mouth feel, crisp texture and a nice dash of zesty acidity makes it a good accompaniment to food. Selected yeast strains were used to increase aromas; The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel.
9 $10.00 - $11.00
2005 Haras de Pirque Chardonnay
Whole bunch pressed to preserve delicate aromas. The juice is half fermented in French oak barrels. 33% new and the balance in stainless steel. Aged in oak barriques for 6 months on the fine lees, which contribute to the creamy texture and lightly nutty flavors. Vanilla, peach, citrus in nose. Full mouth feel. A lovely, balanced big wine. The second favorite of this flight.
11 $10.00 - $11.00
2003 Haras de Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon
85% Cabernet Sauvignon, some Cabernet Franc, and Camenere, aged in 75% French oak barriques, Intense ruby color, almost black with hints of purple 25% American oak for 12 months. Fresh dark cherry and ripe black berry flavors and the tannins are soft.
0 $10.00 - $11.00
2001 Elegance Cabernet Sauvignon
Elegant. Ripe and balanced, with toast, dark currant and blackberry in the nose and coffee, mineral and vanilla notes in the palate. Long finish, will last for 8 to 10 years to peak.
10 $40.00
2002 Albis
The inaugural wine from the joint venture between Piero Antinori and Haras de Pirque owner Eduardo Matte A rich forceful red. Very low yields, hand harvested, fermented in small fermenters, cap punched down by hand, extended maturation on the skins. Malolactic fermentation in barrel. 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in French Oak barriques for 18 months. Blended with 30% Carmenere, aged in new Hungarian oak, barriques for 18 months prior to bottling. It exudes deep charcoal, smoke and black-fruit aromas with cassis and herbal notes. The finish is oaky with a hint of coconut. The favorite Haras de Pirque wine.

12 $55.00 - $60.00
Antinori Votes Full Retail Price $
2006 Gaudo Al Tasso Scalabrone
40% Cabernet sauvignon, 40% Merlot 20% Syrah and other red varieties. Dry rose’, Bright pink color. Fruity aroma, with grassy hints; well balanced, light, long finish.
2 $14.00
2003 Cervaro della Sala
85% Chardonnay, 15% Grechetto. 15-20 year old vines at elevations from 656 to 1312 feet. In Pliocene sedimentary soils rich in marine fossils with some clay. Aged In new French oak barrels for 15 days of fermentation. The wine remained on the lees in the barriques for 5 months where it completed its malolactic fermentation. It is then racked, blended, bottled and remained 10 more months in the bottle in the cellars before being released. 13% Alcohol. Complex, fruity aromas of citrus, pineapple and pears blended with vanilla. Well structured, balanced; a lovely white. Placed second.
10 $45.00
2003 Villa Antinori
Super Tuscan 60% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 5% Syrah. Pressed and macerated in stainless steel tanks for 12 days. By the end of the year the wine had completed its malolactic fermentation and was transferred to French, American and Hungarian oak barriques to age for 12 months. Wine was bottled and aged at least 8 months before release 13% alcohol. Intense ruby red color, fruit on nose with toast, chocolate and vanilla. Complex balanced wine with smooth tannins.
7 $22.00
2004 Peppoli Chianti Classico
Estate grown grapes. Dark color, 90% Sangiovese, 10 % Merlot and Syrah. Macerated in Stainless steel tanks for 10 days by the end of the year, the malolactic fermentation completed and the wine was racked to traditional 55 hectoliter Slavonian oak casks where it is aged for a maximum of nine months. 10% in American oak barrels which makes the wine aromas more complex. Intense red fruit aromas with hints of vanilla and coffee. A smooth, balanced wine with nice fruity flavors and nice length. Enjoy now.
7 $25.00
2001 Marchese Antinori Chianti Classico Reserve
90% Sangiovese, 10 % Cabernet Sauvignon and other red varieties. Grapes carefully selected from three estates. Gently crushed maceration took place in 50 hectoliter wooden open fermentors and partly in stainless steel tanks for 15 days completing the alcoholic fermentation. The wine is then transferred to new, one year old and two year old 225 liter French oak barrels where it completed its malolactic fermentation by the end of the year. The wines were then racked, and after blending the different estate lots and the different grape varieties, the blended wine was returned to the barriques where it aged another 14 months was bottled and remained for 12 more months. Deep ruby red with light garnet hues, with cherry and violet fruit with tobacco on the nose. Full bodied and round red wine of remarkable depth, structure and length. The favorite of this flight.
16 $28.00 - $30.00
2001 Pian della Vigne Brunello
A luscious wine with intense aromas of, cinnamon, cherry, raspberry, dried oregano, cassis and blueberry. Concentrated and creamy. A blockbuster Brunello that is great, lovely and complex. The majority loved it.

18 $60.00 - $65.00