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Chile has what Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson call in The World Atlas of Wine “a reliable Mediterranean climate, with day after day of uninterrupted sunlight in a dry, largely unpolluted atmosphere.” This together with other factors including its wide day to night temperature variation, the rarity of mildew and rot, and, perhaps, also the own-rootedness of its vines makes Chile a player on the world stage of fine wines.

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2015 Almaviva Puento Alto

A glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted. Linear backbone gives this form and tension. It has the same character on the palate as well as cayenne and other spice. Loved the 2014 but this shows more fine-grained tannins. So balanced and harmonious. A blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Needs four or five years in bottle but a joy to taste now. Rated 100. Ranked #1 on Top 100 of 2017. - James Suckling,, May, 2017

$107.50 the 750ml bottle  $548.28 the case of 6

2011 Hereu Valle Central Chile

Arnaud Hereu was born in Bordeaux, where he first studied enology and began his winemaking career. His adventuresome spirit led him to explore South Africa, California and then Chile, where he eventually made his home. In 2006 he set out to produce a wine he could call his own. He explored the Chilean wine country extensively, eventually discovering a 70 year-old carignan vineyard to form the basis for his inaugural wine called simply, Hereu. Together with Syrah, old-vine Malbec and this important dollop of old-vine Carignan, the wine is a lovely deep almost bluish red in color with aromas of macerated black and blue berries, bramble and earth; ample yet graceful on the tongue with decidedly old-world vinosity and complex, mouthwatering, long-lasting flavors of a brilliant fruit transformed. A superbly distinctive wine at this price!

$18.75 the 750ml bottle  $95.64 the case of 6/750ml bottles

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