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Bold red wines based on Bordeaux grapes
and Syrah are the calling cards of Chile’s
Colchagua Valley; this blend combines them.
What You Need To Know
In the 1990s, Colchagua Valley
became a hotbed of fantastic values in fruity, full-bodied red
wines, as investment poured into this region 110 miles south of
Santiago. In 2002, the Hurtado family joined the winemaking
crowd—but unlike the newcomers, they’ve been growing grapes in
Colchagua for nearly a century (but sold the fruit). They built a
sleek, gravity-flow winery, named the estate Viña Maquis and
brought in Juan Alejandro Jofré to helm the cellar. There’s no
recipe for Lien, the flagship red, just instinct; in the 2009 vintage
Jofré used roughly similar proportions of three varieties: herb-inflected
Cabernet Franc, spicy, muscular Syrah and lush, plummy
Blackberry and plum aromas
have a cedary edge.
Dried herb and black currant
notes define this intense,
Decant and serve at cellar
should be cool to the touch.
A fabulous steak wine,
though roasts, stews and
ribs will be great too.