Casa Silva is currently owned by fifth generation family members thus the name of the wine, Quinta Generacion. Mario Silva currently leads the efforts now that his ancestor and French wine pioneer Emilio Bouchon started in 1892. Prior to 1997 Casa Silva was primarily selling their juice in bulk before they decided to revamp their wine program and went to an estate bottling program that has brought them various acclaim. Coming from the Colchagua Valley in Chile the 2005 Quinta Generacion is made up of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere, 25% Syrah, and 15% Petit Verdot. All hand picked and presorted before de-stemming the wine was aged for 13 months in new French Oak.
Nose – blackberry, black cherry, pine, anise and menthol
Taste – blackberry, smoke and cherry
Mouthfeel – medium bodied, very smooth with rich velvety tannins and a hit of spice
Finish – medium to long in length, nice and fruity
This is a super solid blend that is ready to drink now and at $25 isn’t a bad price for the quality it delivers. I had it with a casserole filled with veggies and cheddar and goat cheeses but it would work well with various meat dishes. Although a bit pricey to not pair it with a meal and just treat it as a “cocktail” wine, it is smooth enough that you could enjoy by itself. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.
Casa Silva does a pretty good straight Carmenere that’s a little less. Check it out if you see it anywhere. Really liking the new world ‘novel blends’…always interesting.