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Arboleda

Supplier/Importer: Thienot USA

Region: AconcaguaChile

Subregion: Aconcagua Valley

Appellation: Valle del Aconcagua

 

 

Eduardo Chadwick's personal project in the Valle de Aconcagua began in 1999 as a tribute to Chile's native trees that have been preserved in his sustainably managed vineyards.

Arboleda's philosophy are a deep respect for the environment, understanding terroir, a passionate team, and a vision of excellence.

 
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Alto Los Romeros

Supplier/Importer: Domaine Select Wine & Spirits

Region: Central ValleyChile

Subregion: Colchagua Valley

 

 

 

Alto Los Romeros wines are produced by the Edwards family of Colchagua and due to their diverse vineyard holdings in different valleys at varying latitudes, each wine benefits from unique soil and climate combinations. The resulting grapes complement each other and allow for stylistic consistency from year to year. Quality is the goal across this line and the Edwards family has invested in every step in the process from finding the best vineyard sites to hiring the best people and purchasing the best equipment. State-of-the-art French, Italian and German machinery ensures that the wines are produced at the highest international quality standards.

 
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Seña Wine

Supplier/Importer: Thienot USA

Region: AconcaguaChile

Subregion: Aconcagua Valley

Appellation: Valle del Aconcagua

 

 

 

 

An iconic decision is made from the heart. Following the sign of his intuition, in 1995 Eduardo Chadwick pioneered a joint venture with Robert Mondavi to handcraft a world-class Chilean wine. Chadwick searched alongside Mondavi for four long years before finding the ideal terroir in Chile’s Valle de Aconcagua that spoke to their instincts. Seña is the culmination of their vision – an expression of consummate quality and character.

To maximize quality, the fruit is handpicked exclusively in the morning and brought to the winery in 12 kg boxes. The grapes are then carefully selected on sorting tables and all extraneous plant material, leaves, and stems are removed to ensure fine fruit character in the final blend. The grapes are mostly fermented in stainless steel tanks at temperatures ranging from 24° to 30°C (75°–86°F), depending on the variety and seasonal conditions (microbiological load, and alcohol potential), to achieve the desired level of extraction. 6% of the must are fermented in first-use French oak barrels to increase the complexity of the blend. During fermentation, 3 pump overs are performed daily at 0.5 to 1.5 times the tank volume, in accordance with the degree of extraction desired.

Total maceration time range from 20 to 33 days for Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Carmenere and 6 to 8 days for Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, depending on the development of each individual lot.

The new wine then racked to 100% French new oak barrels from a selection of the finest cooperages is aged for 22 months, during which time most of the malolactic fermentation takes place.

 
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Viña Punto Alto - Laroche

Supplier/Importer: Wilson Daniels

Region: AconcaguaChile

Subregion: Casablanca Valley

Appellation: Valle de Casablanca

 

 

 

Viña Punto Alto, Michel Laroche’s Chilean property, is situated in the Casablanca Valley. The wines are made with grapes grown in vineyards located in the Casablanca, Maipo and Colchagua valleys. To ensure the wines are of the utmost quality, the principals of Laroche spend a generous amount of time in the vineyards and winery of Viña Punto Alto. By doing so, Michel is able to apply the same style and characteristic standards as his Chablis, Southern France and South African properties and create Chilean wines with balance, elegance and fresh fruit flavors.

The Casablanca Valley was first planted to vineyards in the mid-1980s. It rapidly altered Chile’s winemaking history as the country’s first cool-climate coastal region. Located 100 kilometers (62 miles) northwest of the country’s capital city of Santiago and the Maïpo Valley, only 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) from the Pacific Ocean at its furthest point, the Casablanca Valley is strongly influenced by the cooling effects of the Humboldt Current, which flows up the west coast of Chile from the Antarctic. In the afternoons, cool onshore breezes displace the rising warm air to the east. It is this cooler climate that makes Casablanca’s white wines – Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc in particular – stand out from their local rivals. With a longer ripening period, the white grapes have more time to develop greater flavor complexity, while maintaining sugars and acids in balance.

Viticulture: Minimal treatment necessary due to the close-to-perfect growing conditions in Chile’s Rapel Valley; irrigation may be necessary during dry years

Vine Age: Planted mid-1990s