2011 Meli Riesling Maule Valley (Previously $13)

SKU #1122887 Wine Enthusiast

 The bouquet here is crisp, dry and minerally, with a petrol scent. In the mouth, it feels snappy, cutting and citrusy, with orange and peach flavors. This is fruity and solid, with juicy acidity and a citrus-dominant character. Made using grapes from old vines planted in the 1950s.  (12/ 2012)

K&L Notes

Adriana Cerda, the experienced winemaker at this cooler climate Maule Valley estate, does not bother so much with the usual international varietals that have become Chile's calling card. No Cabernet or Sauvignon Blanc here. Rather, she does a little bit with Carignane as well as that most noble of white wine varietals: Riesling. Her take on it is dry, lip-smacking and refreshing, full of lemon and lime flavors that are direct but linger with intensity and real presence. It would be hard to imagine a more refreshing, dry Riesling coming from anywhere at this everyday price.

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By: Sarah Covey |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/1/2013  | Send Email
Stone frui, citrus, star fruit, lime blossom, and slate with medium acidity and great freshness. A great discovery that YES! Chilean riesling is yummy!
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Varietal:

Riesling

- While the rest of the world has often misappropriated the name--Welchriesling, Riesling Italico, Gray Riesling and Emerald Riesling are all names applied to varieties that are NOT Riesling--this exceptional German varietal has managed to maintain its identity. Perhaps its biggest claims to fame are its intoxicating perfume, often described as having honeyed stone fruit, herb, apple and citrus notes, and its incredible longevity - the wines lasting for decades. Aged Rieslings often take on a distinctive and alluring Petrol-like aroma. Within Germany, the grape seems to do best in the warming slate soils of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer. Other German regions that turn out great Rieslings include Pfalz, Rheingau and Nahe. German Rieslings are made in a range of ripeness levels. The top wines are assigned Prädikat levels to describe their ripeness at harvest. These are: Kabinett, Spätlese, Auslese, Beerenauslese, Eiswein and Trockenbeerenauslese. Riesling has also achieved acclaim in France's Alsace, the only region in that country where the grape is officially permitted. Alsatian Rieslings are typically dry and wonderfully aromatic. Austrian Riesling is also steadily gaining praise and fine Riesling is also produced in Italy's Alto-Adige and Friuli, in Slovenia and much of Central and Eastern Europe. In the New World its stronghold is Australia, where it does best in the Eden and Clare Valleys. It is also planted in smaller amounts in New Zealand. In the US, winemakers are eschewing the syrupy sweet versions of the 1970s and 1980s, instead making elegant and balanced wines in both California and Washington State.
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Chile

- Located on the western coast of South America and bordered by the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Andes to the East, the Chilean wine-growing climate is similar to that of California's Napa Valley and Bordeaux. The Chilean wine industry is known for being consistently free of phylloxera, but political and economic unrest has brought its own source of disorder. The recent establishment of a free market has resuscitated the wine industry, and significant investments have been made, switching the economic focus from domestic production to exports. Chile produces roughly a quarter of the wine Argentina produces, and is known for single-varietal exports, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. It's a popular region in the U.S. known for inexpensive and tasty wine. Click for a list of bestselling items from Chile.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.5