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When the occasion calls for a tasty, but reasonable bottle of wine, have you thought about reaching for one from Chile? Chile makes fine everyday wines at attractive prices, and good, complex wines with relatively modest price tags. To jump-start my education about Chilean wine, I met with Augustin Francisco Huneeus, the vibrant young president of Veramonte and Franciscan Wine Estates. From Huneeus, I learned that Chilean wine alchemy doesn’t occur in the wineries, but is attributable to healthy vines. Vineyards nestled between the mountains, the ocean, the Atacama Desert, and Antarctica are isolated from phylloxera insects and Pierce’s disease. “There isn’t a better place anywhere in the world for growing grapes,” says Huneeus. Chile has had success in the export market with blends and varietal cabernet sauvignon, merlot, chardonnay, and carmen�re. The carmen�re grape is one of the “lost” grapes of Bordeaux, and when blended, it adds a lush texture and long spicy finish. Some of the most exciting producers in Chile are veterans of other winemaking countries including the United States and France � the Huneeus family, Robert Mondavi, the Baron de Rothschild, and Casa Lapostolle, which is owned by the Grand Marnier house of France. TASTING NOTES Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay Casablanca Valley 2001 ($7). Wild yeast goes a long way to enhance this medium-bodied wine with subtle peach and nut flavors. A touch of residual sugar adds some interest, as does the toasted oak finish. Luis Felipe Edwards Chardonnay Colchagua 2001 ($8). Tropical aromas and layers of pineapple, toast and caramel flavors are enlivened by its acidity. Montes Chardonnay Reserve 2002 ($9). Reminiscent of a Burgundian wine. Well-balanced tropical flavors on the palate and interesting levels of oak and vanilla on the finish. Veramonte Merlot Maule Valley 2001 ($10). Fresh fruit aromas and a warm chocolate core. Medium-bodied with a slight eucalyptus and vegetal edge, and an interesting white pepper finish. Casa Lapostolle Cuvee Alexandre Merlot Colchagua Valley 1999 ($25). Intense aromas draw you in if you let the wine open up. Dark cherry flavors meld with pepper and licorice notes, and the slightly aggressive tannins. Delicious. Caliterra Merlot 2001 ($9). Blending small amounts of cabernet sauvignon, syrah, malbec, and sangiovese reveals bright cherry and plum fruit, and a juicy finish. Sergio Traverso Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon Lontue Valley 1998 ($29). Aromas of cloves and caramel on the nose, wonderfully balanced with good acidity and mouthfeel. Veramonte Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley 2001 ($10). Dried berry character with caramel flavors complemented by good acidity. An accentuated spice finish. Los Vascos Domaines Baron de Rothschild (Lafite) Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua 2000 ($25). A whiff of toast and leather on the nose, followed by soft tannins and a coffee finish. A great value, and a true crowd pleaser. Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 ($15). Cherry and plum aromas lead into an earthy, leather essence and a spice finish. Not a bad quaffing wine for the price. Errazuriz Max Reserva Syrah 2000 ($20). Smooth, with an earthy nose and layers of berry flavors with smoked bacon character. Veramonte Primus 2001 ($20). The blend of 60 percent carmen�re, 22 percent merlot, and 18 percent cabernet sauvignon benefits from the spicy oak, which lends a hint of vanilla on the nose. The intensity of the cherry and plum fruit is balanced by the layers of mint, and the pleasing tannins on the finish. A great value. Se�a 2000 ($70). A lush blend of 77 percent cabernet sauvignon, 17 percent merlot, and 6 percent carmen�re. Delightful, yet refined fruit and cedar aromas give way to complex and well-balanced flavors of dark cherries, ripe blackberry, and hints of minty chocolate on the finish. Elisabeth Frater is “Wine Counsel,” a wine law attorney based in Napa, Calif. “Wine Counsel” can be reached at [email protected].

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