Chilean Wines

 

                            

    86 Points Wine Enthusiast June, 2004

       Puerto Viejo, Chardonnay:

Harvest and Aging:  Alcoholic fermentation for this wine took place in new French Oak Barrels.  This wine later underwent partial malolactic fermentation in order to gain structure and aromatic complexity.  Tasting Notes: Golden yellow with lemony reflections.  This wine has an interesting nose with hints of pineapple, mango, vanilla, coffee, almond tree flowers and stone fruits.  On the palate, it is round and spacious with a long, well-balanced lingering finish.

 

      

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Puerto Viejo, Merlot: 2003

Harvest and Aging: Grapes for our Puerto Viejo Merlot were carefully selected and hand picked from our best parcels during late March.  All grapes were transported immediately to our winery on the same estate and crushed.  Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats undergoing a light remontage in order to maintain smoothness.  After a medium length storage in stainless steel vats, the wine was further aged in French and American Oak Barrels thus adding more complex aromas.  Tasting Notes: This wine has an intense ruby red color with blue reflections.  This wine has hints of blackberries, dry plums, toasted bread and vanilla.  On the palate it is very smooth yet complex with mature round tannins.  Its finish is well balanced and pleasant.

 

           

86 Points Wine Enthusiast August, 2004


Puerto Viejo, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2003:

Harvest and Aging: Grapes for our Puerto Viejo Cabernet Sauvignon were carefully selected and hand picked from our best parcels during the month of April. All grapes were transported immediately to our winery on the same estate and crushed.  Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats undergoing an extractive remontage in order to extract color intensity, aromas and tannins. After a medium length storage in stainless steel vats the wine was further aged in French and American Oak Barrels in order to smooth out the tannins.  Tasting Notes: Our wine has an intense ruby red color with hints of coffee, toasted almonds, liquorice and cherries. On the palate this wine is robust and upfront with mature tannins and a velvety texture. It has a persistent and harmonious finish.

 

           

Puerto Viejo, Carmenere, 2003:

Harvest and Aging: This wine underwent a pre-fermentation cold maceration for 2 to 3 days in order to extract fruity aromas and phenols. This is done using a very delicate system so as to only extract fine tannins. Following fermentation this wine underwent micro-oxygenation as well as a French Oak treatment in order to gain roundness and aromatic complexity.  Tasting Notes: This wine has a deep red color with blue reflections. Its nose is very pertinent to carmenere highlighting blackberries, raspberries, green peppers, cherries in schnapps as well as vanilla and coffee. On the palate this wine has a voluminous attack
maintaining this volume during its evolution. It has a long finish with soft tannins completely incorporated in the wine’s overall balance.

 

                                                   

Toro De Piedra, 2001:

Harvest and Aging: Toro de Piedra Cabernet Sauvignon was harvested in mid April. Grapes were harvested by hand and selected carefully. Fermentation was carried out with select yeasts in temperature controlled, stainless steel vats. Our Toro de Piedra Cabernet Sauvignon was aged in French and American Oak Barrels for 8 months.  Tasting Notes: Our Toro de Piedra Cabernet has deep ruby color, with hints of strawberry, raspberry, liquorice, menthol, vanilla and coffee. On the palate it is round, intense, pleasant and well balanced. Toro de Piedra is a Reserva wine to be enjoyed as a treat.

 

                                                     

Potro De Piedra, 2001:

Harvest and Aging: All Potro de Piedra grapes were hand picked on April 18th and 19th. The grapes were gently crushed and underwent two to three days of cold pre-fermentation maceration in order to enhance color and flavor extraction. Fermentation was carried out with selected yeasts in the traditional “pigeage” manner.  Our Potro de Piedra was aged for fourteen months in first use French Oak Barrels, and then bottled without straining. After the wine was bottled it was stored for an additional year before launching to the market. Tasting Notes: This wine has a very intense ruby red color; it is strong on the nose with notes of cherries, liq1uorice, chocolate, coffee and hints of leather and tobacco. It is very structured on the palate, with round tannins, complex flavors and a long lingering finish. This wine is excellent to enjoy with very elaborate dishes as well as on its own.

 

          

                                                            

            La Mision, Pinot Noir, 2003:

The La Misión Pinot Noir vines hail from our vineyards located in San Luis de Pirque. During the grape growing process, we realized a green harvest of 40% of the grapes, selecting carefully the remaining bunches. This method allowed us to limit production and therefore to obtain enhanced concentration and a perfect maturation. The La Misión Pinot Noir 2003 presents a nice ruby color. Behind its characteristic nose of cherry and strawberries it reveals a hint of smoke and a slightly spicy finish. On the palate, the attack is supple, with a light but sufficient tannin structure and a good persistence of aromas. This is an elegant and refined wine.

 

                                                                 

            La Mision, Sauvignon Blanc, 2004:           

Our La Misión Sauvignon Blanc vines grow in San Luis de Pirque, located in the Maipo Valley, which was the oldest viticultural region in Chile.  These vines are clones that were directly imported from France by Mr. William Fèvre, and are characterized by their purity.  The aromas are fresh and elegant. This wine features notes of white peaches, melon and grapefruit.

       

 

                              

William Fevre, Gran Cuvee, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002:

The grapes for this special bottling come from best vineyards on Maipo Valley. Low yielding production, ideal weather conditions, high radiation and low minimal temperatures during ripening of the fruit give us wines of a perfect balance. This Gran Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 is an exceptional wine. Behind its deep ruby red color, lightly violet, is an elegant bouquet of red berries, harmonious hints of wood and notes of vanilla, smoke, tobacco, blackberry marmalade, cassis and leather. On the palate it is well structured, full bodied and powerful, with soft and silky tannins that require additional aging in the bottle. Caramel and butterscotch notes appear. The aftertaste is very long.

 

                                                      

William Fevre, Gran Cuvee, Carmenere, 2002:

Chile is the only country that grows Carmenère vines engrafted. This vine stock originated from Bordeaux, from where it has almost completely disappeared, has been rediscovered in Chile a few years ago. Our Carmenère vineyards are located in San Luis de Pirque, in the Maipo Valley. Living up to its expectation of a fine aging wine, this Carmenère Gran Cuvée from the 2003 vintage is even more surprising! It possesses an intense purple color and on the nose is a great complexity of green pepper (characteristic of the grapes, particularly enhance this vintage), wild black berries with aromas of smoke and mild wood. On the palate, the attack is supple and generous; the tannins are velvety and persistent. The qualities of this well structured Carmenère are enhanced with several years of aging in the bottle.

     

 

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