Alcance Launches their Variety-Focused Chilean Wines For International Distribution
Alcance Winery today announces the 2014 vintage release of their variety-focused wines worldwide. Although Carmenère is most commonly associated with Chilean wines, Alcance is excited to also showcase their Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grown from the cooler regions of the Maule Valley.
"I have a deep love for wines from the Maule Valley of Chile," said Andres Sanchez, winemaker for Alcance Winery. "It requires a lot of finesse and careful oversight to produce bolder wines from this cooler geographical region in Chile. With the 2014 vintage, we are seeing true expressions of the vineyard location and specific variety."
Alcance is built around two estate vineyards planted with dozens of soil types used to extract the most potential from each vine. The El Maitén Estate Vineyards sits on the cool bench of the Licray River in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. As a result, El Maitén's wines are rich, concentrated, and balanced. The San Francisco Estate Vineyard is located in the southwest portion of the Maule Valley amongst rolling hills, pine trees and cool ocean breezes. These wines are tightly wound and precise with high-toned aromatics and firm upfront flavors.
Alcance Spring 2016 Wine Releases:
- 2014 Alcance Merlot // SRP: $22
A lush and concentrated wine with flavors of ripe plums, cherries and dried herbs.
- 2014 Alcance Cabernet Sauvignon // SRP: $24
A ripe, elegant and structured wine with primary flavors and aromatics that include blackberry, sage and earth.
- 2014 Alcance Carmenère // SRP: $22
An obscure Bordeaux variety that was once believed to be extinct and now is Chile's signature grape. This wine is deep, rich and exotic with flavors of cassis and blackberries.
More information and wine technical sheets can be found at AlcanceChile.com
About Alcance Winemaker, Andres Sanchez
Born and raised in Santiago, Chile, Andres Sanchez has built an international reputation as one of South America's most talented and well-travelled winemakers. After earning his degree in Agronomy, Andres began his career in 1994 at Domain Oriental Winery in Chile. The following year he began working with legendary California winemaker Randy Ullom in Maule Valley, then spent time in California and Italy before returning to Chile to become winemaker at Viña Calina and eventually Alcance. In recent years, Andres has consulted for wineries throughout Italy and he is currently the president of VIGNO, a group he helped establish to promote local wines made from old-vine Carignan in Chile.
About Alcance Winemaster, Randy Ullom
Randy Ullom received his degree in Viticulture and Enology from Ohio State University in 1975, eventually making his way to California where he spent 12 years at DeLoach Vineyards in the Russian River Valley. In 1993 he was hired by Jess Jackson to oversee his expanding international portfolio. Randy's first stop was Chile, a country the two men believed had the potential to produce spectacular wines. Randy was promoted to Winemaster in 1997 and to this day he continues to oversee winemaking operations in Chile.
When Alcance was created in Chile in the early 1990s most of the country's wineries were congregated to the north in the warmer areas of the Central Valley. Renown California vintner Jess Jackson and winemaker Randy Ullom chose a different direction, applying their extensive winemaking knowledge of cooler regions in California to their Chilean vineyards. With the belief that "cusp" climates produce the most complex and balanced wines, they looked to the Maule Valley. Over the past two decade Alcance has learned that Maule is a place of unlimited potential. With modern planting, farming and winemaking techniques, Maule is now producing wines that deliver depth, character and complexity that rival many of the world's finest wines. Alcance can be found online at Alcance Chile and on Twitter @AlcanceChile.