Viña Siegel from Chile’s Colchagua Valley: New Releases

Alberto Siegel is the 3rd generation of the Siegel family, which has its origins in Austria. More than three decades ago in 1980 he founded Viña Siegel and began planting vineyards in the Colchagua Valley, and today he has more than 700 hectares (1729 acres) of vines from the foothills of the Andes to the Leyda Valley, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Initially, he produced bulk wines that he sold to some of Chile’s

Alberto Siegel

largest wineries, but in 1997 he began bottling wines under his own name.  Today, he makes a wide variety of wines covering various price points and different fruit sources, including the Alto Colchagua vineyard Los Lingues located in the foothills of the Andes. Didier Debono, from Lyon, France, is the winemaking consultant. We’ve tasted the Siegel wines for many years and are impressed with their path of continuous improvement.

US Importer: Kysela Père et Fils

Siegel Vineyards in Colchagua

Viña Siegel 2018 San Elias Sauvignon Blanc Central Valley ($9) 88 Revealing a fresh, lively nose of citrus and lemon verbena, this an easy drinking, fruit forward Sauvignon Blanc done in a ripe style with good acidity. Delicate on the palate and well balanced.  Delicious as a summer sipping wine, served well chilled. Amazing value.

Viña Siegel 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Special Reserve Leyda Valley ($16) 91  With a bouquet that evokes cold river stones with hints of nettles, this cool climate Sauvignon Blanc has a richly textured, mineral-like mouth feel with subtle herbal, citrus and passion fruit notes. It finishes with excellent persistence and brightness.

Viña Siegel 2018 Crucero Sauvignon Blanc Curico Valley ($13) 90   The Crucero Sauvignon Blanc is clean and bright with grapefruit and a light thyme note on the nose. The palate is nicely balanced with crisp acidity and fresh tasting citrus flavors. Great to sip or have with food.

Viña Siegel 2018 San Elias Chardonnay Central Valley ($9) 87 Clean and crisp, this easy drinking Chardonnay offers subtle apple and citrus aromas and flavors with a hint of honeysuckle. It has a light, refreshing palate that makes it the perfect wine for sipping on the patio or pairing with salads and simply prepared fish. Great value!

Viña Siegel 2018 Crucero Chardonnay Colchagua Valley ($13) 89 Pale straw. Attractive aromas of apple with a note of orange peel. This is a good, solid Chardonnay with orchard fruit and melon flavors, a light saline note and a level of acidity that imparts a sense of freshness. 25% of the wine matures for 3 months in American oak barrels.

Viña Siegel 2018 Chardonnay Special Reserve Colchagua Valley ($15) 89  Showing a little more complexity than the Crucero, the Special Reserve is aged in French oak for 6 months. It offers good typicity of the Chardonnay varietal with notes of orchard fruit accented by hints of honeysuckle and flint. The mouth feel is soft, balanced and lightly flavored. It would pair well with simply prepared chicken breast or grilled trout. Aged in French oak barrels for 6 months.

Viña Siegel 2018 Viognier Special Reserve Colchagua Valley ($15) 91  This is a great value in Viognier. The Special Reserve has a ripe citrus note, but the palate has better typcity, revealing white stone fruit, apple, and minerals with a full, creamy texture. Very fresh and appealing. A part of the wine goes through a period of ageing in French oak for 3 months

Viña Siegel 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Single Vineyard Los Lingues Colchagua Valley ($30) 92  The Los Lingues Cabernet Sauvignon is a serious, youthful wine with lots of promise, and it offers exceptional value for the price. Showing cedar-tinged dark red fruit on the nose, it has an expressive, silky palate of generous black currant and blackberry fruit and round but fairly dry tannins. Aged in French and American oak for 8 months.

Viña Siegel 2016 Carmenere Single Vineyard Los Lingues Colchagua Valle  ($25) 91 The single vineyard Carmenere also comes from the Los Lingues vineyard. We love Chilean Carmenere, and this one doesn’t disappoint. With a high toned nose of dark fruit with red fruit highlights, it delivers an elegant, silky palate of impressive depth and purity with round, firm tannins. Ready to drink now. Aged in French oak for 8 months.

Viña Siegel 2017 1234 Reserva Red Blend Colchagua Valley ($15) 90  This blend of 50% Syrah, 30% Carmenere, 10% Petit Verdot, and 10% Cabernet Franc reveals abundant fresh blackberry and black cherry with nuances of underbrush and tobacco. It’s a complete wine of good weight and concentration, a firm backbone, and rich flavors that persist from beginning to a protracted end. Astounding for the price.

Viña Siegel 2015 Unique Selection Los Lingues Colchagua Valley ($33) 91   This blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Carmenere, and 20% Syrah is more than the sum of its parts. Opening with an emphatic perfume of cedar, cracked pepper and dark fruit, it offers a seamless mouth feel and deep, dense flavors. Fine grained tannins lend just the right amount of structure to this excellent Chilean red blend. Aged in French oak for 14-16 months.

 

 

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