Viña-Chocalán Reserva Carmenère 2016 - Bottle Shop of Spring Lake

Viña-Chocalán Reserva Carmenère 2016

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Viña-Chocalán Reserva Carmenère 2016


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Located on a stretch of pristine land between the Andes Mountains and Costal Mountain Range, Viña Chocalán has 340 hectares of land benefiting from a unique microclimate in the Maipo Valley. Located just 35 km in a straight line from the Pacific Ocean, with cool evenings, the sea breeze creates a contrast between day and night, allowing for a slow ripening of the fruit. The vineyard is frost free and 30% of the vines are planted on hillsides with Northwest sun exposure. Shaped as an amphitheater, plantations have different exposures to the sun for 300 days a year. The slopes have well-drained limestone soils Furthermore, this strong maritime influence -in addition to the cool climate condition influenced by the Maipo River which is located 1 km from the estate-, allows this terroir to produce high quality red wines, with intense colors, freshness, and a natural acidity. The white wines from Maipo used for the Reserve range are planted near the river using clonal material that allows maximum varietal expression, as well as a careful and proper management of the vineyard for harvest.

Made from hand-picked grapes, followed by a strict selection in the winery at the sorting table by hand and vibration, this Carmenere is grown in soils of granite, clay and loamy soils.  Aged in 40-50% in French and American oak barrels during 6 months and 50%-60% in stainless steel tanks.  Look for savory aromas of red fruits and herbs with rich, meaty, flavors on the palate. Herb, mint and mild spice notes pick up on a plump finish. 

Category Red Wine
Region Chile, Maipo Valley
Brand Viña-Chocalán
Alcohol/vol 14%
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Wine EnthusiastStrained aromas of beef broth and olive underdeliver. Like many Chilean reds from this El Niño vintage, this is lean and acidic. Spicy berry and olive flavors are dry and end sharp and bumpy.

Michael Schachner, October 1, 2018