Vina Los Boldos is an old winery at the foot of the Andes Mountains dating back to 1850. In 1990 the Massanez family from France purchased the property, turned it into a boutique winery, and hired winemaker Stephane Geneste from Chablis. Since then, the wines have been exceptional, although a bit impossible to find in the US. They are also quite pricey.
I heard recently that the Massanez family had sold the winery to the Portuguese behemoth, Sogrape. As expected, volume has increased and more is being shipped stateside: the entire stock for the 2008 Amalia is in the PLCB warehouses right now.
This is a Syrah-Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere blend that is inky, dense, and juicy. Aromas of blackberry jam and dark cherry makeup the nose. Rich and buttery on the palate, it segues into smoked cinnamon, candy cap mushrooms, and dried flowers. Caramel and smoke linger on the finish and it all ends with a velvet smack of plums.
It’s fun and retro in a modern way, like watching reruns of Lost in Space for the tongue.