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Vina Vik Red Blend Millahue Chile 2011

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Vina Vik’s property is the pinnacle of Chilean luxury. Yet behind its spa, resort, and other sophisticated affects stands a winery that’s unfailingly devoted to connecting the soul of the oenophile to the heart of the Millahue Valley’s fantastic terroir. This magnificent red blend carries out this mission with spectacular results. Winemaking maestro Cristian Vallejo conducts a brilliant array of estate-grown varietals into a study in pure harmony; one whose vivacious fruit and elegant balance evokes the essence of Bordeaux without sacrificing its own unique regional sensibility. It’s the ideal gateway to the burgeoning Chilean wine scene.

About the wine

The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This Aristotle-attributed quote features prominently on Vina Vik’s website. Its sentiment can also be looked at as the prime mover behind this luscious red blend. Winemaking wizard Cristian Vallejo turns to the property’s estate vines planted in Central Chile’s exquisite Millahue Valley to seek out viticultural gold, and his search yields a treasure trove of succulent fruit that absorbed the region’s terroir like a chamois. Under Cristian’s expert hand, this enticing mix of Cab Sauv, Carmenere, Cab Franc, Merlot, and Syrah play extremely nice with each other. Such harmony result in a sensual ruby-hued seductress whose bright, fruit-driven freshness and gracefully delicate balance amplify the soul of a classic Bordeaux. Aromatics of strawberry and raspberry enrapture the nose, leaving just enough room for wood and vanilla essences to manifest. The notes make a fresh transition to the palate, where they’re wrapped in vibrant yet silky-smooth mouthfeel. Elegant, supple tannins provide a long, rounded finish. This label’s soul may be driven by Aristotelian sentiment, but it’s a wine that’s deserving of the hand of Bacchus.

Winemaker: Christian Vallejo
Appellation: Central Valley
93 pts, Wine Enthusiast
Grapes: 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Carmenere, 7% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 4% Syrah
Vineyards: Estate Vineyard in Millahue Valley
Cooperage: 23 months in New French Oak barrels

About the winery & vineyards

There are ambitious projects, then there’s Vina Vik. Part winery, part resort and spa, this semi-eponymous brainchild of Norwegian entrepreneur Alexander Vik was launched in the heart of Chile’s Millahue Valley as a means to connect man with nature. While its luxurious layout is worthy enough to match the land’s loosely translated moniker, “Place of Gold,” a simple pledge propels the winery’s soul: Namely, make exceptional, terroir-honoring wines that place the natural wonder of the surrounding landscape on a pedestal. The pure devotion veteran winemaker Cristian Vallejo and his team has for the environment trickles down the very last estate grape used to make this superb red blend. The home-grown fruit is the product of painstaking research conducted to ensure each block planted was a letter-perfect match for the valley’s mélange of soil, climate, and water. This passionate scientific approach ensures no speck of character is left behind, resulting in a sumptuous selection that pairs well with Vik’s enterprising mix of nature and sophistication.

About the winemaker

Cristian Vallejo’s on a mission to create Chile’s first 100-point wine. It’s a bold ambition, but he’s got the background, skill, and passion to pull off this lofty goal. His impressive resume is dotted with stops at some of the world’s most esteemed wine regions, including Napa Valley and France’s prestigious Medoc and Saint-Emilion regions. At Vina Vik, the lessons learned from his globetrotting fuel a scientific approach that pushes the natural essence of quality grape and excellent terroir to the forefront. It’s an unwavering vine-to-bottle philosophy that allows he and his talented team to craft mind-bending labels that match Vina Vik’s relentlessly breathtaking property stride for stride.

93 pts - Wine Enthusiast 

"This is a new wine playing at Chile's high-priced, icon level. Fresh yet oaky on the nose, with aromas of herbs and char, this is layered, pure and smooth on the palate. Spice, oak and chocolate mix with berry and plum flavors, while the dry, long, oaky finish is on the money. Drink this well-crafted Cabernet blend through 2022."




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Pinnacle of Chilean Wine – 2011 Vik Red Blend
Vina Vik, 93pt 2011 Red Blend, Millahue, Chile Central Valley
93pt Chilean Red!! Vina Vik 2011, MIllahue!! Bordeaux Style, Chilean Soul!!
Cristian Vallejo’s fresh, elegantly balanced blend evokes Bordeaux essence without sacrificing regional character.
Cristian Vallejo’s fresh, elegantly balanced blend evokes Bordeaux essence without sacrificing regional character.
Estate-Grown Fruit
Winemaker Worked in St. Emilion & Medoc
2017-4-20 23:59:00 -08:00:00
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93 / 100
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