Loma Larga Casablanca
This family owned winery has now been established for over a decade. Their vineyards are located in a protected valley providing a warmer climate than some parts of the region and protecting their sites from the cold southerly breezes prevalent in the region. As a result some of the greener notes that can be apparent in other reds from the region are thankfully absent here. No doubt a careful control of yields and well drained stony soils also contribute to quality. Both the fruit-driven Sauvignon Blanc and lightly tropical Chardonnay are ripe and reasonably concentrated. Pinot Noir is full of attractive red cherry fruit, supple and very approachable. Cabernet Franc is not often encountered in Chile and this is a well-crafted and elegant example with toasty, cassis tones. Best of the reds though is the spicy, black pepper noted Syrah. Supple, and with nicely integrated tannin, continued improvement is likely with four five years in bottle. Merlot, Malbec, Rapsodia, a blend of Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Franc and Quinteto five variety blend would also appear to have much promise. A small range of economically priced varietal labels are also made under the Lomas del Valle brand. (DM)
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