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El Principal Calicanto Red Blend
Vina El Principal
Chile - Maipo Valley

Calicanto is a tribute to the Can y Canto Bridge built over the Mapocho River in Santiago between 1767 and 1782 and where the first Chilean wines were traded. It symbolizes the blending of two cultures as well as the commitment to producing wines that reflect the personality of their exclusive terroir.
The wine displays a fresh and fruity character, spicy notes and soft, silky tannins.

Specifications
Wine Type
Red
Varietal(s)
69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot, 8% Carmenere, 2% Malbec
Soil type
Colluvial origin, clay loam.
Vinification
Aged in French oak barrels for 12 months; in the bottle for 6 months prior to release.
Pairings

Red meat, pastas and fatty fish.

Reviews and News

2016 El Principal Calicanto - 92 PTS - JS

2016 El Principal Calicanto - 92 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"A pretty and savory red with dark berry and oyster shell. Some licorice, too. Full body, soft and layered tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, syrah, petit verdot and malbec. Drink now."
- James Suckling (March 2018), 92 pts

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2016 El Principal Calicanto - 90 PTS - W&S

2016 El Principal Calicanto - 90 PTS - W&S

wine and spirits logo 250"A blend of cabernet sauvignon (69 percent) with syrah, petit verdot, carmenère and malbec, all grown at El Principal's estate, this is formidably rich, with chestnut and smoky notes from a year in French oak, and an intriguing spiciness to the dark fruit. The wine's umami tones could take on smoky barbecue."
- Wine & Spirits Magazine (June 2019), 90 pts

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2015 El Principal Calicanto - 91 PTS - JS

2015 El Principal Calicanto - 91 PTS - JS

james suckling hq logo plain"A fresh and clean red with light plum and berry character. Medium body. Light chocolate and tile undertone. Everything in balance. 57% cabernet sauvignon, 18% carmenere, 9% syrah, 9% petit verdot and 7% cabernet franc."
- James Suckling (May 2016), 91 pts

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Producer Information: Vina El Principal

Founded in 1999, Viña El Principal was originally a partnership between Jorge Fontaine, owner of the Hacienda El Principal, and the French winemaker Jean Paul Valette, now deceased, who was ...
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