Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Reserve, Valle Centrale, Chile

Santa Digna makes this Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon that challenges heavy-weight model of new world  convention.  The winery is a subsidiary of Spanish giant Torres, and they bring their Iberian flare for balancing dry and juicy wine.  I was expecting something heavier when I opened the bottle and smelled a leathery oak aroma.  Kudos for keeping the overall barrel effect on the roasted-more-than-toasted end of the spectrum.  The conversation about what makes this wine distinctive needs to revolve more around quality wine making than terroir.  This bottle came with a Rioja-styled fervour applied to the noble French grape.  The fruit flavours tend to smoulder more than explode, and made for a handsome beau on the arm of the char grilled inch-and-a-half thick filet mignon I enjoyed it with.

Musically, I am pairing this wine with (don’t laugh) Judas Priest’s Heading Out To The Highway.  As you watch the video, you will see lots of leather, and the tune is surprisingly not as heavy as you would expect.  Instead of shredding incendiary guitar, the duo of guitarists let notes and chords resonate.  The vocals shy away from the screaming style that Judas Priest was known for. Singer Rob Halford, in retrospect, is significantly less macho in this video you would expect an 80′s metal singer to be.  His choreography and costume kind of make him look like an also-ran from “So You Think You Can Dance.”

Leave a comment and me know what wine you would match with this music.

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