The Colchagua Valley is an important wine producing area in the south of the Rapel subregion of Chile's immense Central Valley, about 190 kms south of Santiago. Soils vary from sand to loam to limestone, perfect for Cabernet Sauvignon, but there are also pockets of clay that have been yoked to Merlot production and some of Chile's top Merlots are being made there.
The climate is Mediterranean but there is a little less rainfall there than much of the rest of the Central Valley due to a surge in altitude of the Coastal Range between the valley and the Pacific.
Given the evident climatic differences throughout the narrow territory of Chile, Terranoble wanted to explore this diversity in the CA project: 100% Carmenere that, under similar conditions of vinification, production and aging, show different characteristics based on the influence of either the Andes or the Coast.
The Colchagua Valley is considered by many to be Chile’s equivalent to Napa Valley, with a Mediterranean climate cooled at night by Pacific breezes which help to build complexity in the grapes grown here. Further east, inland toward the foothills of the Andes, vineyards are more influenced by the overnight cooling breezes coming off the Andes. Terranoble’s Cabernet Sauvignon comes from a single vineyard, Los Lingues, which is located in this more eastern stretch of the Valley.
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