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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.
FOOD & WINE selects the recipes and is closely involved in evaluating the wines offered by licensed retailers through the FOOD & WINE Wine Club. Global Wine Company has been selected to service and fulfill the
FOOD & WINE Wine Club. For all states other than Texas, all credit card payments will be authorized by Global Wine Company located at 1401 Los Gamos Dr. #230, San Rafael, CA 94903, for the benefit of each retailer. All wine sales are made by a licensed retailer in compliance with state laws and the licensed retailer assures all involved that it fully complies with all states laws applicable to it. Due to state laws, wine can be purchased only be adults age 21 or older. Wine may be shipped only to legal adults. We currently ship to the following states: CA, ID, LA, MO, ND, NE, NH, NM, NV, OR, WV, WY. Further, in the following states, all orders accepted by and sales made by licensed in-state retailers: AZ, CO, CT, DC, FL, HI, IA, IL, IN, MA, MI, MN, NJ, NY, OH, VA, WA. In Texas, all wine will be sold by Texas licensed winery, Landon Winery, located at 2508 Lee Street, Greenville, TX, 75401, Phone: 1-903-454-7878.