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Page Three of Chile, Part 2: Recommended Wines That Are Easy to Like, Easy on Your Pocketbook

Veranda began as a joint venture in 2002 between the Ibez familys VC Family Estates, still its parent company, and Burgundys Boisset family. The intention was to unite the innovation of Chile with the experience of Burgundy. While Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenre are grown in the prestigious, temperate Mediterranean-climate Apalta district, Veranda produces cool-climate varieties — Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir — from its Bo Bo Valley vineyards.

Veranda opted for a base in Bo Bo because of various geographic factors — its latitude, climate, assorted soils, rivers, volcanoes and maritime influences — that combine to provide an excellent home for cold-climate-loving varieties. Many experts think Bo Bo is South Americas most promising viticultural area for Pinot Noir, which is one of Chiles up-and-coming varietals. And Veranda aims to become a leading Pinot Noir specialist in Chile. To that end, Veranda works with veteran Burgundy winemaker Pascal Marchand. Theyre committed to sustainable, organic and some biodynamic practices.

Two of its wines, below, won Best in Category awards at the 6th Annual Wines of Chile Awards held in January in Santiago.

Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley-Bo Bo Valley 2007, $18: Medium bodied, soft tannins; Aromas and flavors: Strawberry , raspberry, cherry, spice and mineral notes

Cabernet/Carmnre Apalta Valley 2007, $18: Well structured, firm tannins, juicy acidity; Aromas and flavors: Blackcurrant, blackberries and plums

Bodegas Viu, a wine-bottling and -marketing company, was founded in 1935 by Miguel Viu Garcia with his sons Agustn and Miguel. In 1954 one son, Miguel Viu Manent, went out on his own and bought a winery that included 370 acres of noble vines, creating Viu Manent. The winery has expanded over the years, and today has vineyards throughout Colchagua. In 1988 enologist Aurelio Montes (see Montes, Page 2) was hired as consultant. In 2003 winemaker Grant Phelps arrived from New Zealand, bringing a spirit of Kiwi innovation.

Phelps was attracted in part by Vius old-vine Malbec, which was planted in the late 1800s. When everyone in Chile was pulling out their Malbec vines in the 1990s and planting varietals more familiar to consumers abroad, Viu Manent was nurturing its Malbec, which has become a speciality today.

In 2004 Viu launched Secreto, its reasonably priced, boldly labeled line thats 85% varietal and 15% undisclosed, or secret, additions. It hoped to extend the winerys range and attract new consumers. Today Viu has six lines: Icon wine (Viu 1), Single Vineyard, Reserve, Estate Collection, Noble Semillon and Secreto.

Secreto Malbec Colchagua Valley 2007, $14: Robust, supple tannins; Aromas and flavors: black plum, blackcurrant, black cherry, prune, chocolate and mocha

Malbec Reserva 2007, $14: Round but firm tannins; Aromas and flavors: Black cherry, blackcurrant, plum, boysenberry, chocolate and mocha

©2009 Sharon Kapnick for Seniorwomen.com

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