Wines of Aconcagua Chile and the Casablanca Valley

July 23, 2011 § 3 Comments

Located 60 miles north-west of Santiago, the Casablanca Valley was first planted in the mid-1980’s making it a relative newcomer in the wine world. The coastal cool climate region produces a crisp fresh fruity wines most notably Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay as well as Pinot Noir. The regions cooler climate allows for a longer ripening period and thus the grapes develop a more complex flavor while keeping the sugars and acids in balance.

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

Chilcas 2006 Aguas Frescas Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Enthusiast Rating 90
Right from the start the pure, defined citrus and grass aromas draw you in.  After that, the grapefruit on the palate is clean and quenching, while on the fringe there’s a hint of pickle and green apple.  Overall it’s a wine that pushes the right buttons.

Viu Manent 2007 Reserva Chardonnay (Casablanca Valley)
Wine Enthusiast Rating 90
For a first effort from Casablanca, Viu Manent has hit a home run.  This wine is a classic New World Chard, meaning it’s liberally oaked, vibrant, ripe and full of tropical fruit.  But along with the obvious there are also notes of cinnamon, mineral, exotic apple and butterscotch.

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