Chile’s Viña Tres Palacios: New Releases from Coastal Maipo

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Patricio Palacios

Tres Palacios is a boutique family winery established by Patricio Palacios near Melpilla in Chile’s coastal range just 35 km from the Pacific Ocean. It is the only winery in the small Valle de Cholquí, a sub-valley of the Maipo with alluvial clay soils. It’s a 250 hectare estate with 100 hectares planted to vines. The winemaker, Camilo Rahmer, has been with Tres Palacios since its inception; he previously made wine at Cono Sur in Chile and in California. About 80% of the Tres Palacios production is exported, with the US as its principal market. The wines are good quality and exceptionally good values. The Cholquí icon wine shows outstanding quality. The US importer is William Skurnik.

The Vineyard in Cholquí

The Vineyard in Cholquí

Tres Palacios 2016 Rosé Cabernet Franc Reserva ($10) 88 This Cabernet Franc based rosé is soft and perfumed with enough weight and flavor density to pair with chicken or seafood. The fruit shows aromas and flavors of red plum and ripe strawberry.

Tres Palacios 2014 Carmenere Reserve Maipo Valley ($10) 87 The Reserve offers a fresh red plum nose with earth and herbal accents. It has a soft attack, a dry mid-palate, and shows earthy nuances on the finish.

Tres Palacios 2014 Carmenere Family Vintage Maipo Valley ($16) 89 Made from estate fruit, this wine shows good concentration and richness. Its bouquet reveals red plum, wet earth, and fresh garden herbs. The palate is silky and flavorful with good concentration of red plum, finishing moderately long with an herbal edge.

Winemaker Camilo Rahmer

Winemaker Camilo Rahmer

Tres Palacios 2014 Merlot Family Vintage Maipo Valley ($16) 91 Revealing red and black fruit on the nose, this is an easy drinking wine with generous flavors and a long finish. Its tannins are suave and the mouth feel is full and smooth. Outstanding value!

Tres Palacios 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Family Vintage Maipo Valley ($16) 90+ The Cabernet leads off with a spicy, cedar inflected nose with dark red fruit and notes of green tobacco. The wine is mouthfilling with a layered palate of fruit, plum and cassis fruit, and earth notes on a persistent finish.

Tres Palacios 2014 Cholqui Maipo Valley ($40) 93 This 75/25 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot offers hints of cedar, and ripe dark red fruit on the nose. It’s silky smooth on the attack with fine firm tannins and integrated flavors of cassis, plum, and cedary oak, finishing long with excellent extract. From a vineyard parcel planted in 1998. A delicious wine!

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