We are ALL ABOUT CHILE this week at Kysela, and we are celebrating the accomplishments of our favorite Chilean winery, Siegel Wines.
The Siegel family's vineyards are located in the Colchagua Valley, the leading fine-wine producing region of Chile. Alberto Siegel grew his first vines here 30 years ago, and the family now has over 700 hectares planted from the Andean foothills to the coastal zone of the valley.
In 2010, a devastating earthquake struck Central Chile, and for the past 5 years, the Siegel family has been heavily investing in the improvement of their winery & vineyards. Not only have they rebuilt the winery, but they have also employed terroir specialist Pedro Parra to plant and enhance their vineyards. They are preparing to release their 2015 vintage, which they believe has produced some of the best wines ever!
Siegel Wines represent great value for the price. Here are five of our favorites:
2014 Siegel Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon "Uber Cuvee
"Opaque ruby. Heady, spice-accented cherry and dark berry scents show good clarity and gentle smokiness. Sappy and seamless on the palate, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors that become sweeter with air. Shows very good energy and lift on the finish, which is firmed by supple, slow-building tannins."
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 90pts
2013 Siegel Reserve Red Blend 1234
"Saturated ruby. Smoky aromas of dried cherry, cassis and game, with a peppery note adding lift. On the palate, bitter cherry and dark berry flavors are underscored by tangy acidity and complicated by smoked meat and succulent herb qualities. Gentle tannins shape the persistent, smoky finish."
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 88pts
2014 Crucero Chardonnay
Attractive yellow color with pretty green tones. Its intense varietal character evokes ripe citrus fruits, with floral and honeyed tones along with well integrated wood. In the mouth it is rich, round and fruity with some creamy notes.
2013 Siegel Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
"Glass-staining ruby. Powerful aromas of cherry pit, cassis, pipe tobacco, violet and leather. Sweet and focused in the mouth, offering chewy red and black fruit flavors and a jolt of peppery spices. The spice and dark berry flavors carry through a long, smoky finish, which is shaped by dusty, late-arriving tannins."
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, 90pts
2013 Siegel Single Vineyard Los Lingues Cabernet Sauvignon
Viña Siegel Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon is the result of the family's continuous search for quality wines that faithfully reflect the best of our terroir. This wine comes from selected grapes from the "Los Lingues" vineyard in Alto Colchagua, at the foothills of the Andes, where the influence of the Andean winds result in an elegant Cabernet Sauvignon with great concentration of ripe red fruits, cassis and chocolate, and a balanced, richly structured, and long finish.
"Interesting blackberry, black currant and tar aromas. Full body, round and velvety tannins and a savory finish. Drink or hold."
James Suckling, 91 pts
Be sure to check out out full selection of Siegel Wines!