THE WINEMAKING TEAM
Primus wines are crafted by a team of ex
pert viticulturists and winemakers le
d by winemaker, Cristian Aliaga, who
has over 10 years experience at Veram
onte. Alvaro Espinoza, one of the wo
rlds most respected winemakers, widely
known as an innovator and champion of some of Chiles best
red wines, joined the team
to craft the Primus wines.
Alvaro works closely with the team to continually refine vi
neyard and winery practices that deliver rich, ripe fruit
with complexity, intensity and distinctiveness.
The 2010 growing season was marked by me
dium temperatures and rain absence.
The yields were considerably lower
than last year and in the case of Colchagua Valley, were also
affected by higher frost inci
dents. Due to the dry season
and lower temperatures, grapes ripened
in optimal conditions to produce comp
lex, well balanced wines with intense
aromas, bright freshness, elegance and fruit intensity.
Deep, dark opaque red
Ripe black berry fruit with a
subtle hint of toasty oak
Red and black berry fruit
flavors with hints of dried plums,
fresh acidity and a long finish
with fine, elegant tannins
Colchagua Valley, Chile
95% Cabernet Sauvignon,
14 months in French oak,
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Although the Spaniards first established vineyards here in the mid 16th century, most of today’s Chilean wine is made from French grape varieties, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Chardonnay. Chile’s isolated position between the Pacific and the Andes means it is safe from pests and disease that plague European vineyards, and also assures mild temperatures and relatively dry air. Most of Chile’s vineyards are in the Central Valley, and a fair number of them are owned by renowned French, Spanish, and American winemakers. Wines are named for their grape varieties, but they carry a regional or district indication as well. Reasonably priced, and increasingly sophisticated, they make excellent values.