Viña Maitia, Aupa Pipeño 2016, Maule Valley, Chile
Tasting Note: Chile has old vine plantings of pais, a grape that you’ve likely never encountered because it’s produced mainly for domestic consumption.
This grape along with old vine carignan produces a fun, red-and-tropical fruit that’s perfect for summer with some concentration.
Medium-intensity purple in color, this aromatic wine has a nose of red currant, black plum, kirsch, bubble gum and white nectarine.
On the palate the dry, medium-bodied wine expresses flavors suggested on the nose laced with velvety, ripe, medium-plus tannin.
The wine shows balance between fruit and bright medium-plus acidity.
A fun summer red!
Bottle Note: Welcome to Chile in Viña Maitia , where we strive to revive an authentic heritage of Chilean Viticulture. Here in the Maule Valley, the old vine roots of Pais (Mission) and Cariñena are deeply installed in the granitic soil of the coastal mountain-dry-farmed area. Thanks to some small vinegrowers who never gave up, we are still able to pick grapes and bottle those incredible wines. In Chile we used to say “Pipeño” instead of “wine.” Aupa embodies the traditional Chilean peasant way of life, where the pipeño is shared with food, each season that warrants a celebration. Aupa is a young fruity wine, easy to drink, and best served chilled. Discover the other Chile! David Marcel, Viña Maitia. 80% Pais, 20% Carignan.
Importer: Brazos Wine Imports LLC, Brooklyn, New York
Tasting Date: June 27, 2017