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Drawing on French tradition, Chile’s
Estampa focuses on wines made from blends
of grape varieties—assemblages in French.
What You Need To Know
Since 2001, Chile’s González-Ortiz
family has plowed some of the fortune it made in wheat
and other grains into grapes. That’s when its sleek, statementmaking
Colchagua winery, Viña Estampa, produced its first
vintage. Working on the principle that multi-variety blends
generally make better and more complex wines, Estampa offers
Chilean riffs on traditional French blends as well as a few
untraditional variations. This 2009 offering is a terrific example of
the latter. It combines Malbec—the plummy, plump French grape
that was once widely planted in Bordeaux—with Syrah, a Rhône
variety, and another Bordeaux variety, Petit Verdot. It’s unusual,
but it works: The Syrah and Petit Verdot lend spice and structure
to the fruity Malbec.
Earthy black cherry
and vanilla notes.
Meaty plum flavors that are
bold and balanced.
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be
cool to the touch.
Chops, steaks, roasts