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Root 1: Cabernet Sauvignon wine review

We were recently given a bottle of Root: 1 Cabernet Sauvignon (the original ungrafted) and are excited to review it. Root is a Cabernet from the Colchagua Valley in Chile. While I do not know much about wines from Chile and don’t experiment outside of the U.S. much, I found this to be a very nice reasonably priced Cabernet. We were given the bottle with the instructions to decant the wine as it is still very young being a 2007 vintage. In our haste to try it one evening, we each poured a glass of this deep purple majestic looking wine with a fruit nose that could knock you over, thus the reason for decanting. We enjoyed the wine very much that evening, and much to our surprise enjoyed it even more the next evening when we finished the bottle. Yes, if we followed instruction and decanted it, we would have achieved the same all in one evening, but who does what they are told anyway. In doing some research about Root 1, I have discovered that Chile is one of the few places where original European rootstock is used, having survived Phylloxera (the disease that caused grape growers worldwide to graft vines on generic rootstock). This provides the intense flavors and character seen in this wine. In addition to the Cabernet, Root 1 also offers a Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay and a less known wine Carmenere. Carmenere is sometimes used for blending, and is called the lost grape of Bordeaux.

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