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Riesling, 2017. Cartagena

Riesling, 2017. Cartagena

Item #: V0320W2IC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Riesling
Vineyard/Appellation: D.O. San Antonio Valley, Chile
Color: Very Pale, Glistening
Nose: Piquant Peach, Luscious Lime
Palate: Richly Textured
Finish: Luscious Stone Fruit
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now Through 2026/Shellfish,Rich Sauces/12.5% Alcohol By Volume

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Once again, we are pleased to present a wine from Cartagena and Maria Luiz Marin. She delighted us previously with her stunning Gew?rztraminer, and this month we are equally excited to bring you her Riesling.

As far as most of the cognoscenti of Chile are concerned, this winery should never have been founded. It is in the coolest area of the country where ripening is difficult. Then again, so is Germany's Rhine and Mosel. And those wines are among the greatest wines in the world. Maria knew that too.

Riesling likes cooler weather because that allows it to stay on the vine longer, pulling valuable nutrients from the soil and spreading them around to small and flavorful grapes. The weather is also responsible for the higher acids and lower alcohol, which carry the flavor through the entire palate. The result is a wine that has a touch of sinew, almost a chewiness that the Germans call "nervy."

The vineyard is 17 years old and only three miles from the ocean. This condition provides the coolness for the grapes and an almost ocean air aroma to the wine. It is a perfect combination for Riesling.

And, perfect would be the best word to describe our selection. The flavors of apricot, peach, pineapple, and guava don't just enter the palate as much as descend on it. Its monumental presence demands demanding foods like shellfish or veal as well as similar treatments like rich sauces or fragrant herbs and spices.