by Fred McMillin
Erudite By Satellite
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Where was this study carried out? Well, such a sophisticated approach says to me it's probably in California, by some new owner with big bucks, who's determined to select the right varietals for his new property.
WRONG! The letter is from Sergio Correa (see photo) who's talking about his 1,432-acre vineyard in CHILE! Wine science is moving south fast, and this is a fine example. The results said plant SYRAH, so he brought in top clones from both the Rhone and Australia. The vines were ready by 1996. Sergio had been impressed by some of the Aussie Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon blends, so he tried that combination, too. However, Sergio went one step further and added a soft, silky element with 30% MERLOT. The result is a heck of a red unlike anything you've tasted...
Wine of the Day
1996 Zavala, Maipo Valley, Chile
Why a Chilean wine today? This past weekend marked the anniversary of the country's declaration of independence from Spain. Where did the country inflict a major defeat of Spanish forces in 1818? MAIPO!
Note: For much more, see "Hip, Hip, Hurrah For Tarapaca", Winery of the Week, WineDay, Dec. 19,1997.
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