Colchagua Valley Wine

Colchagua Valley is set close to the Coastal Range and to the sea. It is largely recognized as a traditional wine-growing region and is one of the best-known in Chile. This region offers big red wines, 90% of the region’s plantings, made from Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, and old vine Malbec. Climates in Colchagua vary, ranging from the Andes foothills to the cooler areas of Marchigue and Lolol which are closer to the Pacific Ocean.

There is a large range of soils here from fertile alluvial soils on the valley floor to sand and decomposed granite on the hillsides; in the west, schist, volcanic sands, and slate can also be found. Some of Chile’s top wineries are located in the Colchagua Valley and take great advantage of the hilly terrain to achieve optimum ripeness. Micro-areas such as Apalta, where Lapostelle’s Clos Apalta and Montes’ Alpha ‘M’ can be found, San Fernando, and Chimbarango offer more significant diurnal differences which help to bring out Read more »

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  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Carmenère

    History of the grape: Carmenère was once widely planted in Bordeaux’s Medoc for its deep color and unique gaminess. I...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

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  • Viña Estampa

    The origin of Estampa’s name was nothing short of a miracle…, in Santiago, Chile, when a travelin...

  • Casa Silva

    Viña Casa Silva is engaged in a continual quest to produce the best possible wines. The Silva fam...

  • Viña Los Vascos

    A pioneering adventure Grapevines were planted in the north of Chile in the 16th century, in the...

  • Viu Manent

    What exactly is one’s own? … ”That which identifies us and by which we can recognize ourselves.” ...

  • La Finca

    Found in Trader Joe's as a regular item. 

  • Viña Siegel

    Alberto was born in Santiago in 1946, third generation in Chile of a German family. His grandfath...

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  • Domaines Barons de Rothschild Lafite Los Vascos Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Cornerstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

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    (Past tasting 15 Feb 2013) Deep maroon red. Goes well with red meats. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Santa Carolina Cab Reserva 2012

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    Very nice Read More

    Wine review by Piyakkad


  • Vina Montes Alpha Syrah Case Of 2010

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    Had this at CRU at Love Field while waiting for my flight. A very interesting bottle, but not at all like the following Wine Makers' Notes: 'Color: Intense red with purple highlights. Aroma: Complex and expressive, subtly mixed with aromas of violets and cherries, in balance with the dark chocolate notes and toasted flavor from its oak aging. Pa... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Viña Montes Twins Malbec/Cabernet 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Montgras Antu Ninquen Syrah 2012

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    This is a Chilean wine which I generally buy few of. Picked this up at Costco when they were out of my go to wine. Antu syrah is fruit forward with lots of dark fruit on the nose and palate. It is surprisingly acidic and ends with a nice tannic bite. Nice wine. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Quintay Carmenere Clava Reserve 2012

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    Youthful and quite fruity on the nose with hints of plummy fruit intertwined with some spicy oak and gently vegetal braised greens notes all bound up with sweet scents of caramel. Rich and a touch sweet on entry with soft tannins and integrated acidity supporting a nice ball of rich if somewhat indistinct dark fruit on the palate. The wood is no... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Montes Alpha Camenere 2012

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    Fairly intense aromatically, showing off lots of caramelly toasted oak aromas along with paprika and raw beefy accented red berry fruit topped with some bay leaf and oregano . This is smooth, firm and slightly dense in the mouth. Its filled with polished tannins and is well supported by integrated acidity. The flavors are a bit of a one two punc... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Bisquertt la Joya Syrah 2010

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    Rather intensely aromatic and unusual with rich aromas of soy marinated beef, carob, black cherry am and antiseptic herbal nuance. Big in the mouth, though light on its feet and not terribly extracted. The palate here mimic the nose with carob rich flavors of black cherry and blackberry fruit all wrapped up with hints of dried herbs. Its not wha... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Viña Montes Twins Malbec/Cabernet 2012

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    Smoky, earthy and a bit reductive on the nose this takes lots of swirling and air to release its attractive rosemary, ink, used oak, dried herb and black cherry aromas. Smooth and polished in the mouth, the fruit here is nicely framed with just a bit of older wood leaving this attractively light on the palate. The tannins are small if a touch dr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


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