Wines of Aconcagua Chile the Aconcagua Valley

July 22, 2011 § 1 Comment

Mountaineers know Aconcagua as one of the 7 summits – the highest peak in South America.  This great mountain with it snow covered peak towers over the fertile Aconcagua Valley below as well as providing the area with water.  The region has long been cultuvating red grapes and newer coastal plantations are also producing white wines.

When Don Maximiano Errazuriz planeted the first vineyards here the area was thought to be unsuited for wine grapes.  However the Aconcagua Valley now has approximately 1100 hecters of planted vineyards dominated by what Errazuriz started and a few other producers. Cabernet Sauvingnon is the big star here with Merlot coming in second and Syrah a close third.  The Aconcagua Valley is home to the acclaimed Sena Vineyard a joint venture with California wine maker Robert Mondavi.

If you are looking to try wines from the Aconcagua Valley try either a hearty red from the interior or a white from the coast.

Aconcagua Valley Wines of Note

The EErrazuriz Winery was names “Winery of the Year 2008″ by the Wines of Chile Associtaion and “Producer of the Year 2008″ at the 39th International Wine & spirts Competion Awards in the UK.

Errazuriz Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Wine Enthusiast Rated 91 points
“Deep red. Pungent aromas of redcurrant, cherry pit, licorice, cedar and tobacco: this is textbook cabernet. Juicy and lively, with very good sweetness of fruit and noteworthy sappiness and clarity. Harmonius and gently spicy, finishing with sweet tannins and lingering smokiness.”

Errarzuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008
Wine Advocate 90 points
“There is one white wine among the new releases, the 2008 Chardonnay Wild Ferment, which was barrel-fermented and aged in 21% new French oak. Light gold in color with an enticing perfume of buttered popcorn, mineral, baking spices, spiced apple, and pear on the palate, it reveals a smooth texture, spicy flavors, and excellent balance. This excellent value can be enjoyed now and over the next 4 years.”

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