Full Review

Chocalan

Chocalan
2011 "Alexia" Red Blend, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Other Chilean Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .30%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$57
Cellar Selection

Chocalan
2011 "Alexia" Red Blend, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Game Pasta

Category: Other Chilean Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14.5% RS: .30%
Violet color. Baked aromas and flavors of raisins, stewed berries, and chocolate peanuts with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with shades of goji berries, spiced olives, cedar, and dusty earth with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, mature, brooding red blend that will reward cellaring.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky & Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: raisins, stewed berries, and chocolate peanuts
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with shades of goji berries, spiced olives, cedar, and dusty earth
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Blue Cheese Crusted Ribeye, Elk Chops, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A rich, mature, brooding red blend that will reward cellaring.

The Producer

Vina Chocalan S.p.A.

The Producer
Clorinda Willshaw 559
Las Condes, Santiago 7550000
Chile
-+562 24374764

Their Portfolio

88 Chocalan 2015 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2016 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Merlot, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $12.00.
90 Chocalan 2014 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $12.00.
83 Chocalan 2015 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, Maipo Valley (Chile) $16.00.
88 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
86 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $16.00.
88 Chocalan 2014 "Origen" Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $16.00.
95 Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum", Malbec, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $29.00.
93 Chocalan 2013 "Vitrum" Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $29.00.
94 Chocalan 2011 "Alexia" Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $57.00.
86 Chocalan 2018 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
87 Chocalan 2018 Reserva, Chardonnay, Maipo Valley 13.5% (Chile) $13.00.
87 Chocalan 2017 Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $13.00.
91 Chocalan 2017 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $13.00.
90 Chocalan 2018 Origen Gran Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc, San Antonio 13.5% (Chile) $18.00.
84 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Chardonnay, San Antonio 13.5% (Chile) $18.00.
83 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Pinot Noir, San Antonio 14% (Chile) $18.00.
88 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Carmenère, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
89 Chocalan 2017 Origen Gran Reserva, Syrah, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $18.00.
93 Chocalan 2016 Origen Gran Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $18.00.
89 Chocalan 2015 Vitrum Premium Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14.5% (Chile) $27.00.
87 Chocalan 2014 Alexia Icon Red Blend, Maipo Valley 14% (Chile) $65.00.

Other Chilean Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Chile is home to many notable red wines beside Carmenère. Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are planted in large numbers in many of the country's regions. Maipo Valley is the leading region for these wines, especially in terms of quality, which is often world-class. These grapes are also grown in Chile's warm Central Valley, which produces inexpensive wines of very good character.

Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Pinot Noir are also excellent Chilean reds. Syrah has adapted well to both cool (San Antonio and Casablanca Valleys) and warm regions (Colchagua Valley) in the country, while Pinot Noirs from Leyda and San Antonio Valleys near the Pacific Ocean display great complexity.