The current issue of The Wine Advocate (Issue 213, June 30, 2014) includes an article on the Chilean wine industry, entitled “The Newer Chile” by Luis Gutierrez. The article highlights current trends in the local industry and reviews over 700 wines. Overall, Chile performed quite well: out of a total of 707 wines reviewed, 303 were awarded 90 points or higher (43%), with an average of 89 points. MOVI faired equally well: out of 60 wines reviewed, 22 were rated 90 or higher (37%), with an average of 88 points.
Our two most recent Aconcagua blends were reviewed for this issue: the Flaherty 2012 was awarded 91 points and the Flaherty 2011, 90 points. Previously, our 2010 was awarded a score of 92. Here’s the full text of the current reviews:
Flaherty Wines Aconcagua 2012: 91 points
The 2012 Flaherty was bottled in December 2013 and is a blend of 75% Syrah with Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. It’s more floral, powerful, balsamic and showy than the 2011, with aromas of violets, ripe peach and earth, with good freshness, medium-bodied, good acidity and clean flavors, ending with a floral aftertaste. This is a powerful nd elegant wine at a great price. 13,525 bottles were produced. Drink now through 2020.
Flaherty Wines Aconcagua 2011: 90 points
The 2011 Flaherty is an unusual blend with a base of Syrah complemented by Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo fermented in small bins that aged in barrel for 19 months in his garage in Aconcagua. It has sweet aromas of ripe fruits and flowery notes that make it quite showy, very clean and pure, elegant and complex. The palate is velvety with polished tannins and good acidity. The floral notes return in the aftertaste, but with with a restrained feeling. 10,479 bottles were filled. Drink now through 2020.