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Date Printed: 8/22/2014
Arboleda Syrah 1999
Arboleda Syrah 1999
(search item no. 44445)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 8/22/2014: $18.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 88 points
2000 Wine Spectator rating: 87 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Our Arboleda Syrah reflects the small crop of the 1999 vintage with intense violet color, deep spicy flavors and velvety texture. Chosen from the finest grapes grown on our La Arboleda Estate in the Colchagua Valley, and handcrafted on site at our state-of-the-art winery, this Syrah explodes with raspberry, cherry, sweet spices and white chocolate. On the palate, supple mature tannins provide an exquisite texture, confirming the perfect balance between toasty oak and rich ripe fruit characters. A year of barrel aging matured flavors and wove toasty nuances through the lingering finish.
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About Arboleda:

Arboleda wines were born in 1999 as part of the shared dream that inspired Robert Mondavi and Eduardo Chadwick to realize the potential of Chile as a world class producer of fine wines. The name "Arboleda" in Spanish means "grove of trees" and is a tribute to the native Chilean trees that have been preserved within the vineyards that produce the Arboleda grapes.

The source of the Arboleda grapes comes from two self contained estates within the valley. A stunning hillside property some 40kms inland was acquired and planted in 2000 with a selection of red grape varieties. This property was named "Las Vertientes" due to its natural springs of water. Arboleda red wines aim for complete ripeness, full bodied with high concentration of fruit, complexity and balance.

Arboleda white wines aim to be fresh, crispy with high acidity and intense aromatics. Therefore the vineyards were planted during 2005 in the proximity to the sea, only 14 kms from the Pacific Ocean in a property called "Chilhue", the place of sea gulls in native Mapuche indian language.