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Chilean WineChile is a large and still growing source for inexpensive red and white wines. They are also growing more and more truly fine wines, such as Casa Lapostolles Don Melchor. To date, they have made their mark with the same international varietals seen around the world: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
One interesting story that came out of Chile is the rediscovery of Carmenere. Originally a Bordeaux blending grape, it was not replanted in Bordeaux after phyloxera destroyed their vineyards around the turn of the 20th Century. At the end of that century, it was found growing in Chile, where it had been mistaken for Merlot. There is talk of Chile using Carmenere to distinguish itself from the pack, much as Malbec and done for Argentina.
Brilliant ruby red color with purple hints.
Very expressive nose of fresh red fruit such as cherries and plums.
Good structure with polished, elegant and juicy tannins. Medium body and a long finish.Elegant, ... more
Bright and vivid dark ruby red.
Cherries and pepper aromas with a slight touch of cacao.
Elegant, round and full-bodied wine, with a long lasting aftertaste.Fruity character, with aromas of cherries and a slight touch of cacao: more
2008: 90 Points
- James Molesworth, Wine Spectator
: "A full-bodied, ripe red, mixing dark cherry, cassis and raspberry ganache notes with layers of spice, coffee bean and licorice that linger on the savory finish. Cabernet ... more
The diversity of aspects and microclimates on the Veramonte estate allow Merlot to mature fully and naturally in a region that might otherwise be too cool for producing red varietals featuring ripe fruit flavors.
Our Merlot vineyards enjoy extended more
Molina Vineyard. VII Region, Chile (Central Valley)
San Pedro and San Miguel Vineyard: Broad daytime-night time temperature differentials are perfect for good phenolic ripeness (tannins and anthocyanins).Purplish-ruby-red in color with intense ... more