How do you judge an emerging region? One way is to use the already-established benchmarks from elsewhere in the world. Chilean Cabernet versus Bordeaux or Napa, for example. Not stylistically of course, but qualitatively. Another way to measure success is to use an emerging country's own track record, and in the wine world, I consider a track record fairly well-established after 10 vintages.
So I happily accepted an offer to taste through a complete vertical of Viña Almaviva, one of Chile's flagship reds, which now has 12 vintages under its belt.
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