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Maquis Viola 2009

Other Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Viola is produced from the fruit of the very best vineyards on the Maquis estate. The tiniest grapes from these vineyards are concentrated and yield silky tannins with the greatest depth and complexity.

The skills of our viticulturist, Xavier Chone, and our blenders, Jacques and Eric Boissenot, are clearly apparent in this balanced and elegant blend. The spices, black fruit and smooth texture of the Carmenere, the principal component of the blend, are complemented by the extraordinary finesse and length on the palate by the Cabernet Franc. Viola is 85% Carmenere, 15% Cabernet Franc.

Critical Acclaim

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JS 94
James Suckling
Well-crafted with ultra-fine tannins and a beautiful depth of fruit. Blackberry, blueberry, dark chocolate and hints of hazelnut… long and flavorful finish.
W&S 93
Wine & Spirits
This is a blend of carmenere (85 percent) and cabernet franc, two varieties rich in herb and tobacco notes that come together here in a delicious way. It’s surprisingly refreshing for a wine grown in the sun and heat of Colchagua (this grows in Palmilla, in the heart of the valley), as breezy as a warm afternoon in the country.
WW 92
Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
A substantial effort the does not go over the top, the attractive and quite rich 2009 Maquis Viola is more than just another trying to be cool wine; it is a cool wine. Shows superior riches all the way and around. Deep ruby, purple in color; fairly heady in the nose, fine depth; ripe berries and sweet oak in the flavors; dryish, medium acidity, well balanced; juicy, red and black fruit flavors, with some sweet oak and licorice; medium to long finish. Drinking well now, but will do even better with a year or two of bottle age. (Tasted: November 23, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
WS 91
Wine Spectator
A refined style, with flavors of dark currant, raspberry and allspice that are lush and well-structured. Very creamy midpalate, featuring a finish loaded with cocoa powder and mocha notes. A big red that should match well with roasted meats. Drink now through 2020.
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Maquis, Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
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The Hurtado family has owned the Vina Maquis vineyard for more than a century, but it wasn't until ten years ago that the family decided to make their own wine out of the terrific grapes in their own backyard. They built a gorgeous, state-of-the-art gravity flow winery and set out to make a "Super Chilean" blend using the vineyard's best red grapes.

Located in Valle de Colchagua, Vina Maquis's terroir is deeply influenced by its geographic position, as it is surrounded by the Tinguiririca River and the Chimbarongo Creek—two large waterways that once brought alluvial sediments from the Andes. Today, they act as pathways for cool coastal breezes that help moderate the warm Colchagua summers, contributing to the intensity and fruitiness of the wines.

Colchagua Valley

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Well-regarded for intense and exceptionally high quality red wines, the Colchagua Valley is situated in the southern part of Chile’s Rapel Valley, with many of the best vineyards lying in the foothills of the Coastal Range.

Heavy French investment and cutting-edge technology in both the vineyard and the winery has been a boon to the local viticultural industry, which already laid claim to ancient vines and a textbook Mediterranean climate.

The warm, dry growing season in the Colchagua Valley favors robust reds made from Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Malbec and Syrah—in fact, some of Chile’s very best are made here. A small amount of good white wine is produced from Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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