Grape(s): 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Franc
Localization: Curico Coast, Chile
Tasting Notes: Intense aromas of black fruits, notes of dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. The palate is round with polished, juicy tannins and a finish that leaves a lasting impression.
Notes: Hand-harvested and field-sorted. An additional sorting occurs at the winery before the grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled micro-fermentation tanks. Aged in French oak for 10-12 months. : Diverse soils derived from metamorphic rock. Includes Licorellas (same as Priorat) and Lutitas rock complemented with a series of alluvial and granitic soils. Quartz and mica are both abundant in the soil profile.
Food pairing: The rich flavor and noticeable tannins in this wine make it an excellent choice to match with steak, rich grilled meats, and peppery sauces.
The Domain: La roncière began in 1949 with Orueta’s dedication to making high-quality wines. Operating throughout Chile’s Central Valley with 740 acres under vine, the family has remained focused on small, controlled productions without industrialization. The third generation of the Orueta family works alongside winemaker Juan A. Muñoz to continue to cultivate and refine their wines.
Certified sustainable and selected from the best micro-parcels in the Idahue Estate. Seven clones of Cabernet Sauvignon are planted across 66 small blocks. Double Guyot pruning promotes desired vigor and yield control.
Located 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean, La Ronciere’s ambitious 500-acre Idahue Estate is their vision for the future. Prevailing coastal breezes, abundant sunshine, and rolling hills of ancient soils culminate in a privileged climatic and geological landscape. Years of research and a forward-looking approach drove the successful effort that saw Licanten granted D.O. status in 2018. The region’s potential is just being unlocked, and already the wines speak for themselves in a recognizable way, managing concentration and nuance in an expressly vibrant manner.