Maipo Valley is Chile's oldest and most famous growing area. Located within the Metropolitan Region of Santiago, it's a subregion of the larger Central Valley appellation. Its vineyards stretch eastward from Santiago to the Andes and westward to the Pacific coast, forming three distinct sectors. Thanks to mineral-rich soils; a warm, dry growing season; and the cooling influences of both the Andes and the Pacific, Maipo is best known for its ripe, well-balanced red wines and the country's finest Cabernet Sauvignon.
While this intriguing blend promises vegetarian cuisine amiable companionship, it makes no apologies for its real preference: to dine higher up the food chain. Sure, lentils, eggplant, black beans, wild mushrooms, and red bell peppers all pair nicely, but this wine craves animal protein. Rare steaks, thick chops, just about any four-legged creature wrestled onto a grill--the meatier the better.
Serve at cool room temperature (64°F). Decant two hours before serving.