Wines of Aconcagua Chile and the San Antonio Valley
July 27, 2011 § 1 Comment
San Antonio is approximately 1 hour north of Santiago. This is a relatively new wine area planted in the mid-90’s. The regions vineyards are planted along the rolling hillsides just 2 ½ miles from the coast and like the Casablanca Valley the climate is strongly influenced by the cool waters of the Humboldt Current.
The wines from San Antonio benefit from the clay soil and cool air and are noted as crisp, lean, mineral fresh whites and spicy reds.
The San Antonio Valley is a smaller wine district with 327 hectors planted. If you are interested in trying a wine from San Antonio try a Syrah, Pinot Gris or Merlot-Malbec blend.
San Antonio Valley Wines of Note:
Matetic EQ Syrah 2007
Wine Enthusiast 92 points Editors Choice
Wine Advocate 90+ points
Wine Spectator 90 Points
“Pure, inviting and open, with cedar, tobacco, blackberry, earth and cookie dough aromas scattered all over a robust bouquet. Deep but fresh, with a fine balance and a bold, jammy set of blackberry and black-pepper flavors. Finishes well, with integration and easygoing tannins. Drink now through 2013.”
Matetic Corralillo Winemaker’s Blend 2008
Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
“A full-force, racy blend led by Merlot. It’s ripe, staunch, mildly herbal and shows aromas of leather, savory berry and molasses. The palate is saturated, acid-driven and clacky, so it’s lively stuff with medicinal, ripe berry and spice flavors.
Finishes snappy and crisp, with pronounced acidity and tannins.”
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