After decades of successfully exporting good quality entry level wines, Chile has emerged as an important producer of premium wine. In our Re- port #21: The Chilean Wine Revolution (February 2010) we called attention to the increasing number of wineries that are producing new and exciting wines in re-discovered and newly discovered regions. In cool climate coastal regions such as Casablanca, San Antonio, Elquí, and Limarí, several wineries are crafting crisp and mineral-rich Sauvignon Blanc and elegant Pinot Noir. In the more temperate regions of Maipo, Aconcagua, Colchagua and Cochapoal, they are turning out richly flavored Carmenere and fruit-forward red blends. And in the South of Chile in the Bio-Bio, Malleco and the Maule Valley, wineries are proving they can produce distinctive Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and terroir-driven Carignan. Indeed, the emergence of premium quality Carignan in the hot dry Maule region is proving to be an exciting success story of the Chilean Wine Revolution. Carignan is not new to Chile. It has been grown in the Maule Valley for more than 70 years.
Garage 2010 Carignan Lot #29 “Vigno” Maule Valley ($33) 90 pts Lot #29 displays red berry fruit, garrique and tobacco on the nose. The palate boasts ripe and flavorful dark plum fruit and earth. Aged for nine months in neutral French oak, this wine is nicely balanced with round tannins and a very long finish. Importer: Southern Wine Group
Garage 2010 Lot #27 Carignan Maule Valley ($33) 92 pts Lot #27 offers aromas of red berry fruit, plum, herbs and earth. It is lush and elegant on the palate with minerals, loam and blue fruit notes. Beautifully balanced, it reveals ripe tannins and a lovely chalky finish. Importer: Southern Wine Group
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