Besides Errazuriz another important winery in the Chilean wine landscape is Vina San Pedro.
Founded in 1865, San Pedro is one of the oldest wineries in the Chilean wine industry. San Pedro is located on the Curico Valley, 200 km away from Santiago. San Pedro has one of the largest holdings of vineyards in Chile comprising regions such as Elqui, Casablanca, San Antonio, Maipo, Cachapoal, Maule and Bio-Bio.
San pedro was founded by brothers Bonifacio and José Gregorio Correa Albano. At the beginning, they start producing wines using local varieties but slowly they began to introduce European varieties to replace those indigenous varieties.
Succesful in North America and key European wine markets such as Germany and the UK, they well know with brands such as GatoNegro, 35˚South and Castillo de Molina.
San Pedro is one of the few Chilean wineries showing that Chile is quite capable of making wines verging toward a new world style. Their 1865 line brings to mind an echo of Bordeaux and Burgundy. This come as no surprise since two of their winemakers have worked Marco Puyo and Gonzalo Castro have worked in both Bordeaux and Burgundy.
I recently had a chance to taste a selection of their most representative brands in the Quebec and Ontario markets. These are marvelous wines and illustrate some of the best wines that Chile is producing nowadays:
1865 Sauvignon Blanc Leyda Valley. LCBO # 375212. $18.95
Lovely expressive and pronounced bouquet. Aromas of tropical fruits such as pineapple, passion fruit, mango and gooseberries with pleasant herbaceous tones and hints of green bell pepper. On the mouth, medium body with a zesty acidity. Intriguing oily-fleshy texture with a spicy finale. Food match: Grilled halibut with cherry and corn salsa.
1865 Cabernet Sauvignon SAQ # 13241065. $21.95. LCBO # 37911. $19.95
A fine Cabernet nose. Ripe cassis and black cherry with nuances of dry oregano, graphite and smoke. On the palate broad with ripe and muscular tannins. Intriguing flavors of eucalyptus and menthol with an elegant finale. Food match: sirloin steak with chanterelle mushrooms.
1865 Carmenere. SAQ # 12567995. $22.00. LCBO # 249201. $19.95 ( Release date Oct 28 in Ontario)
Perfumed nose bringing to mind plums with additional notes of black pepper, vanilla, chocolate and tobacco. On the palate, it is fruit foward and elegant displaying ripe tannins and wood well integrated. Food match: Beef empanadas.
1865 Chardonnay. LCBO # 540781 $19.95 ( Release date January 20th, 2018)
Aromas of white peach, nectarine and honeydew melon. With time in the glass, intriguing notes of chalk and flint with spices such as mustard white pepper. On the mouth, dense with a fleshy texture and a medium plus acidity. Food match: Dijon mustard baked salmon.