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Estampa Reserve Assemblage Malbec Blend, Colchagua Valley

FOOD & WINE Wine Club Estampa Reserve Assemblage Malbec Blend, Colchagua Valley FOOD & WINE Wine Club Estampa Reserve Assemblage Malbec Blend, Colchagua Valley
Winery Estampa
Grape Malbec
Year 2011
Country Chile
Appellation Colchagua Valley

$19.00 per bottle

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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.
Smell It
Smell It
Earthy black cherry and vanilla notes.
Taste It
Taste It
Meaty plum flavors that are bold and balanced.
Serve It
Serve It
Cellar temperature—the bottle should be cool to the touch.
Pair It
Pair It
Chops, steaks, roasts and stews.