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Sunday, October 28, 2012
Tasting Vina Maipo Chile wines, Oct 1/2012 at Select
The Date and Time: Monday, October 1, 201210AM to
The Event: Tasting Vina Maipo (Chile) wines with winemaker Max Weinlaub, in conjunction with the launch of the newest "Vitral Reserva" line (www.vinamaipo.com)
The Venue: Select Wines & Spirits Toronto offices
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: Most of the wines tasted were not yet available in the Ontario market, but could be privately ordered. Wines are being submitted to the LCBO.
The Quote/Background: There are seven tiers to Vina Maipo (which was founded in 1948 and bought by Concha y Toro in 1968). It is currently being re-launched. The bottom tier is for bi-varietals, followed by a varietal tier, and then the Vitral Reserva line, the Gran Devocion line, the Limited Edition, the Protegido, and at the top, the Alto Tajamar.
The Wines: Gran Devocion is a tier specializing in syrah bi-blends, with viognier, carmenere, petite syrah, and cabernet sauvignon.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vina Maipo Gran Devocion Syrah Viognier 2009 Maule, est $16.95 (14% ABV)
-Vina Maipo Gran Devocion Syrah Petite Sirah 2008 Maule, est $16.95 (14.5% ABV)