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Chocalan

Chocalan
2014 Alexia Icon Red Blend, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Other Chilean Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Certified Sustainable
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$65

Chocalan
2014 Alexia Icon Red Blend, Maipo Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pasta Pork

Category: Other Chilean Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 14%
Black ruby color. Rustic aromas and flavors of smoked gooseberry, grilled bell pepper, dr. pepper, gherkins, and spiced plums with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy finish manifesting suggestions of charcoal and char-roasted cocoa beans with coarse tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy Chilean red with lots of savory, smoky pairability.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Savory
Aroma Aroma: smoked gooseberry, grilled bell pepper, dr. pepper, gherkins, and spiced plums
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of charcoal and char-roasted cocoa beans
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food
Recipes Pairing: BBQ Pork, Meat Loaf, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A chewy Chilean red with lots of savory, smoky pairability.

The Producer

Vina Chocalan S.p.A.

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

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.