We were introduced to Polkura recently by a bartender at Barcelona Wine Bar’s newest restaurant in Boston’s South End. The name is from a little hill in the vineyard in Chile and supposedly means ‘yellow stone’in Mapuche. The wine is a blend – predominantly Syrah (91%) with small amounts of Cabernet, Tempranillo, Grenache, Malbec and Vigonier. It is 14.7% ABV.The Cholchagua Valley where the wines made by vintners Munoz and Bruchfield are was rated the World’s Best Wine Region in 2005 by Wine Enthusiast. This wine is made by one of the New World winemaking rising stars, Sven Bruckfeld. An earlier vintage, Polkura Syrah 2008. was\chosen by the Wine Spectator among its “The Top 100 Wines of the Year.”
Decomposed granite lends minerality to this wine and the coastal region gives it fruitiness and spice. Well balanced, it is complex and full-bodied. With a suggested retail price it’s a terrific value and would work well with many dishes on a menu as well as by the glass. Visit www.polkura-usa.com
Designed to be a “benchmark for elegance and finesse” in Chile, this beautiful Los Vascos Grande Reserve 2010 blends Cabernet Sauvignon with Carmenere, Syrah and Malbec for a rich bouquet of cherries, strawberries, blackberries, plums, and raspberries. Chile’s native Carmenere lends hints of bay leaves and pepper. Aged 12 months in oak barrels, 50 percent of them new, the wine is at its best when decanted for an hour before serving. Enjoy this expression of the best Chile has to offer in the very French style of Domaine Lafite Rothschild. Visit Pasternak Wine Imports to learn more.
Wines from Chile offer some great values and Santa Carolina’s 2009 Herencia Carmenere is an excellent example of the elegance this native grape can deliver. with a winemaking tradition dating to 1875, Santa Carolina’s focus is wines that showcase the terroir and are made with an emphasis on sustainable, organic principles.
This wine joins other vintages, acclaimed by various publications which ranked them anywhere from 93 to 94 points. With a deep ruby red color, Herencia is 96 precent Carmenere, three percent Cabernet and one percent Malbec. The wine offers notes of cedar, vanilla, leather and in the finish, chocolate. It is 14.8 percent ABV.
The grapes come from two major winemaking regions- Peumo in the Cachapoal Valley and Los Lingues in the Colchagua valley. After fermentation, the wine is pressed and transferred to first-use French barrels and later, in medium-toast French barrels especially chosen for it. Once it is bottled, Herencia is aged another year.
On as personal note, this wine was the star of the show at a recent Super Bowl party we took it to! Sharing great wine with good friends is what wine is all about. This is a wine that people will enjoy and ask for again when they dine out.
Part of the Baron Rothschild group, Los Vascos has been making wines for a very long time, today offering moderately priced, well made options such as this fruity and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon, well balanced with gentle tannins, a spicy finish, and dark berry fruits. Moderately priced, it makes a great introduction to French wines for the novice or a pleasant and affordable wine by the glass in a restaurant. It’a hard to argue with success and Domaines Barons De Rothschild (Lafite) has one with this Cab produced on one of Chile’s oldest wine estates. Visit Pasternak Wine Imports for more information.
Santa Carolina’s Leyda Estate is located near the Pacific Ocean in Chile where the terroir lends aromatic complexity to the wines, with floral notes, touches of grapefruit and peach and minerality. Drink with salads, ceviches, and seafood. The winery has a rich tradition dating to 1875 when Louis Pereyra Cotapos hired a French winemaker to make top quality Chilean wines, named for his wife, Carolina.
In 1973, the cellars received National Monument status. Damaged in a major earthquake in 2010, the winery was rebuilt, the start of a new stage in its history.
Producing quality and improving and developing new production techniques has brought Santa Carolina numerous accolades and honors throughout the years across the variety of price ranges it offers. Go to http://www.santacarolina.cl/