The Chocalan estate vineyard is planted on steep slopes and in the piedmont of the Maipo Valley, near parks and lakes...Read more...
Food Pairings for Viña Chocalán Cabernet Franc Reserva
This eclectic blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carminère, Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot - dominated in flavor profile by the first two varietals - is a deep, dark, opaque beauty in the glass. The nose has an intense resinous, medicinal, and muted bramble-berry scent with more than a whiff of wood. The entry is slightly warm, with soft, layered tannins and nuances of dry blackberry infusion. Good length - if somewhat bitter. Ready to drink now, but may be held for 2 or 3 years to modest improvement.
Really liked this wine, great value for dollar!
The Chocalan estate vineyard is planted on steep slopes and in the piedmont of the Maipo Valley, near parks and lakes in the Metropolitan Region Melipilla province. "Chocalán" is pronounced "Sho-kaw-lann", it means "yellow Blossom", name given to the area by ancient aboriginal tribes, as the yellow blossoms grow wild there. These untouched 340 hectares of countryside benefit from a unique microclimate made up of contrasting luminosity, altitude, Pacific influence, varied soil types and sharp temperature fluctuations. Paired with masterful winemaking and careful nurturing for each vine, these are the ingredients of the winery's success. Intense purple-red color, this hardy wine shows cherry and black fruits notes with a hint of mint. Oak-ageing lends more complexity with roasted notes of toffee, chocolate and spices. Its velvet mouth, structured and well-balanced by a light acidity that leads the fruit. Excellent with lamb or game meat.
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