Pa­tri­cio Tapia

Decanter - - PANEL TASTING -

Tapia grad­u­ated with a de­gree in jour­nal­ism from the Univer­si­dad de Chile in Santiago, be­fore at­tend­ing Bordeaux Univer­sity to study wine tast­ing and wine­mak­ing. He has writ­ten sev­eral books, in­clud­ing Wines for Great Oc­ca­sions, The Wines of Colch­agua Val­ley and TodoVino, as well as his an­nual Descor­cha­dos guide to wines of Ar­gentina, Chile and Uruguay.

My top three

Finca De­cero, Mini Edi­ciones Re­moli­nos Vine­yard, Agrelo, Lu­ján de Cuyo, Ar­gentina 2016

From a cold vin­tage, this is op­u­lent, with spicy and herbal notes lay­ered over black fruits. Will last for at least five more years in bot­tle. 94 Drink 2018-2024

Zorzal, Eggo Franco, Tupun­gato, Ar­gentina 2016

A herbal and juicy Caber­net Franc that’s a very good ex­am­ple of a lighter style from the heights of Gual­tal­lary in the cool Uco Val­ley. 93 Drink 2018-2023

Val­divieso, Sagrada Fa­milia Sin­gle Vine­yard, Chile 2015

Old vines planted in around 1900 give a con­cen­trated juice that is full of herbal notes, with touches of to­bacco, earth and nuts. A wine of great com­plex­ity, but at the same time it re­mains faith­ful to the va­ri­etal char­ac­ter. 92 Drink 2018-2021

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