Tuesday, October 25, 2011

In the News: Errázuriz

Will Lyons of The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted Chile's Errázuriz wines in an article entitled "Cultivating Pinot Noir." The feature began with a quick discussion of pinot noir, including the requisite reference to the film Sideways (who here's ready for a new movie about wine?). Lyons then quickly shifted into a profile of Viña Errázuriz's winemaker Francisco Baettig and the additional varietals cultivated by the estate in the Valle de Aconcagua. 

Viña Errázuriz was founded in 1870 by Don Maximiano Errázuriz with the finest clones from France and a great deal of vision and perseverance. One hundred thirty years later, his descendant Eduardo Chadwick has steered the winery into the twenty-first century while upholding long-standing estate traditions. "From the best land, the best wine," a philosophy scribed by Don Maximiano, rings true with Errázuriz's vineyard and winemaking practices today.

Hola, Don Maximiano!
Hola, Francisco!
 Will Lyons was especially impressed with Errázuriz's 2009 Single Vineyard Carménere and profiled it in the "Drinking Now" section of his column. In his words, the wine "really shone, with a deep, luscious character, bags of fruit and the sort of complexity one wants from a wine at this price." Deep ruby with a lusciousness in the nose, Errázuriz's Carménere stands up well to the stews and red meats that we all gravitate toward as the temperatures drop in the Northeast. As Lyons remarks, it is "a suberb wine for those cold nights ahead."
Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Single Vineyard Carménere
Wild Ferment Chardonnay

Stephen Tanzer has also favorably reviewed the 2009 Single Vineyard Carménere. In his tasting notes he remarked, "packs a solid punch but this wine is quite elegant and seamless." He bestowed a 90 point score upon the wine as well as 90 point scores for the 2010 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc and 2009 Wild Ferment Chardonnay.
Incorporating the twenty-first century into the 130 year history of Errázuriz

Please visit The Wall Street Journal online to read Will Lyon's full article and contact your Wine Wizards rep or favorite wine shop for more information about these delicious, appealingly priced wines.

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