VIÑA VIK | VIK | Millahue | 2012
cabernet sauvignon | carmenère | cabernet franc | merlot | syrah


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Alexander Vik had a dream: to create the best wine in the World. To turn vision into reality, the research team took more than 4000 soil samples and investigated all the elements of terroir – they performed soil analyses, hydric flows, thermal amplitude, geographic orientation and the region’s unusual wind conditions. The vineyard’s location was selected only after two years of exhaustive scientific research, after they identified the ideal terroir from which to grow the finest grapes – the Millahue Valley of Chile. The next step was the mapping of the best plots for planting – first, for each plot the research team mapped the rootstocks, then the grape varieties, then the clones of each variety, after all, if you dream to make the best wine in the world, you can not leave anything to chance.

The wine we are going to review today is a living legend from Chile – VIK Millahue 2012 by Viña Vik. VIK is an exclusive wine – powerful yet elegant – a harmonious blend of cabernet sauvignon, carmenèrecabernet francmerlot and syrah from the Millahue Valley of Chile. This blend is nothing less than a bottled art as it was designed by a synergy of nature and science: cabernet sauvignon (in fact a blend of three cabernet sauvignon clones from three different plots) provides acidity, elegance and structure, carmenère adds spiciness and savoriness, cabernet franc delivers green tannins that fits amazingly well with the cabernet sauvignon’s ripe tannins, syrah has minerality and adds those elegant notes of violets, while merlot, round and appealing, is responsible for the first impression. That said, without further ado, let’s take a look at the tasting results!
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


clarity: clear | hazy | cloudy | misty
brightness: dull | hazy | bright | starbright
concentration: translucent | pale | medium | deep | opaque
color: indigo | purple | ruby | garnet | copper
hue: indigo | purple | ruby | garnet | copper

stain: light | medium | heavy
viscosity: low | medium | high
gas evidence: yes | no
sediment: yes | no

outset: clean | faulty [TCA | sulphur | ethyl acetate | geosmin | brett | oxidation | VA]
intensity: delicate | light | moderate | rich | powerful
fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits | blue fruits | berry fruits
__red fruits: sour cherry | sweet cherry | red plum | red currant | cranberry
__black fruits: black cherry | black plum | blackcurrant | blackberry | black raspberry
__blue fruits: blue plum | blueberry | honeyberry | blue huckleberry
__berry fruits: strawberry | raspberry | wild strawberry | goji berry | wolfberry
fruit character: baked | unripe | ripe | overripe | jammy | dried

non fruit: floral | vegetal | herbal | spice | oak | sweet | animal | earth
__floral: orange blossom | roses | peonies | lilac | violet | lavender
__vegetal: dill | bell pepper | capsicum | asparagus | olive
__herbal: eucalyptus | coriander | currant leaf | tomato leaf
__spice: red pepper | black pepper | nutmeg | cloves | anise | rosemary | ginger | mint
__oak: coconut | vanilla | cinnamon | liquorice | tobacco | coffee | chocolate | smoke
__sweet: caramel | toffee | burnt sugar | molasses | menthol | dried figs
__animal: gravy | capocollo | veal| leather | musk | barnyard | horse saddle
__earth (organic): soil dust | turf | forest floor | compost | mushrooms | truffle
__earth (inorganic): limestone | chalk | slate | flint | aspirin | petroleum | varnish
__wood: [old | new | none] / [dried | roasted | charred]
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary

sweetness: bone dry | dry | off dry | sweet | extra sweet
acidity: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
alcohol: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
tannin: low | med(-) | medium | med(+) | high
__grip: fine | ripe | firm | green | rough
texture: creamy | round | lean
body: light | medium | full
balance: bad | poor | fair | good | fine
__dominant: sugar | acidity | alcohol | tannin | none
complexity: simple | moderate | complex

fruit profile: red fruits | black fruits | blue fruits
fruit character: baked | unripe | ripe | overripe | jammy | dried
non fruit: floral | vegetal | herbal | spice | oak | sweet | animal | earth
aroma: primary | secondary | tertiary
finish: short | med(-) | medium | med(+) | long
aftertaste: rough | astringent | seedy | appealing | velvety

VIÑA VIK | VIK | Millahue | 2012

variety: cabernet sauvignon | carmenère | cabernet franc | merlot | syrah
origin: old world | new world
climate: cool | moderate | warm
country: Chile
region: Millahue
rating: 95.5

maturity: on the rise | in its prime | past its prime | on the decline
verdict: fair | good | fine | great | exceptional

96x96This is definitely an exceptional wine of Chile and, with a total of 95.5 points scored, this wine is right there, among the best wines we’ve rated so far. Check our complete database on the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines that we have tasted and reviewed or go to the about us page and find out more about our exquisite rating system.

Verdict: this is a world-class holistic wine, that is right at the summit of its prime form – a wine that is ready to be enjoyed today or kept for long-term bottle ageing, as it holds the promise to become one of world’s best wines. It is a truly exceptional wine that delivers an engaging impact of ripe black fruits and with a little more time in the glass, a plethora of spice and mesmerizing floral notes like violets and lavender, that are so much sought after by the wine connoisseurs. VIK is a wine that is about as velvety as a world-class wine can get – flamboyant, extracted and enormously concentrated, mixing power with elegance and finesse. The wine has spent 26 months in new french oak barrels and it has already developed into a genuine, fully mature wine blend that can withstand another 3 or 4 years of bottle ageing without losing the slightest bit of complexity or elegance.



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