The Chilean winery Viña Aresti is expanding its U.S. portfolio with its “Family Collection” Assemblage 2012.
A blend of five varieties selected from vineyards in Chile’s Curicó Valley, this red wine was originally made by Don Vicente Aresti (the winery’s founder) exclusively for his family, the company says. The 2012 vintage will be imported to the U.S. by VinAmericas.
After fermentation, the wine goes into French oak barrels where it ages for 18 months. Afterwards, the final blend is clarified and bottled without filtration.
The blend is 50% cabernet sauvignon, 20% merlot, 12% syrah, 10% petite sirah and 8% petit verdot. This wine is firm and dense with rich and chewy tannins, the company reports. Aromas of blackberries and spices pair with mocha and vanilla on the nose.
Viña Aresti is located in the southern part of Curicó Valley, between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean. The estate measures 1,100 hectares with 350 hectares under vine, and is comprised of four vineyards, each with its own expressive terroir, the company says.
The suggested retail price is $34.99 per 750-ml. bottle.