Archive for the Chile Category

Vinedos Santa Emiliana Signos Origen White, Valle Centrale, Chile

The Santa Emiliana Signos de Origen White is a blend of Organic Chardonnay, Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne grapes that connected with my palate.   I tried this at a recent organic and biodynamic wine show here in Montreal. Vinedos Santa Emiliana was probably closest thing to big business in a room full of tiny producers. But the wine was not out of place at all, and could have passed as an artisan product.   On the nose, peachy nectarine mixed with melon with some honey notes. Read more [...]

Ninquen Mountain Vineyard 2008, Colchagua, Chile

I heard about the Ninquen Mountain Vineyard because I subscribe to an email blast from Montreal wine agent David Laviolette who works for a company called the Societe Des Vins Fins, which loosely translated means the Fine Wine Company.  David knows his stuff and is a great salesman.  He knows hundreds of people on a first name basis, and he genuinely works to help people.  He sells lots of wine, but doesn't bombard us with false promises over each and every one of the wines he brings in.  So Read more [...]

Amaral Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Leyda, Chile

This wine has something for everybody, without being compromising and boring.  The 2010 Amaral Sauvignon Blanc pours a little pale, and smells of a wonderful fruit – and what I really liked in that fruit basket was a hint of Calvados, the French apple brandy wafting upwards and onwards. Tart and crisp came the fruit tastes, melon, grapefruit and even some of the Thai food staple, lemongrass.  As you work the wine around some minerality shows through.  This is a great bottle to try if you Read more [...]

Montes Alpha Syrah, Colchagua Valley, Chile

I picked up this bottle of 2008 Montes Alpha Syrah after I had asked the wine salesperson for a juicy Syrah.  What I got was a fairly juicy Syrah at a good price, around 15$.  Attractive fragrance of the usual Syrah suspects with tasteful wood.  The gulp was bright and and ripe, balanced with good dry characteristics.  French Inspired. Montes likes to make refined wines, and the Alpha range is a cut above their entry level product.  Their style lends themselves to being big and round, but Read more [...]

Viña Concha Y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2006, Maipo Valley, Chile

The Viña Concha Y Toro folks have many different ranges of wine in their vast Chilean portfolio. The Don Melchor range is a single wine offering labelled Cabernet Sauvignon and is the second highest tier from the Clilean powerhouse. They are very upfront about the small amount of Cabernet Franc blended in. I think I am going to stop mentioning “dark” or colour altogether when discussing red wines, as they are uniformly inky nowadays – and this one is no exception. And you also get no surprises Read more [...]

Emiliana Natura Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Valle Centrale, Chile

I wish all wines could be from Organic grapes. If you only knew the chemicals used in some vineyards to produce juicy grapes, you might consider quitting wine. So here is another affordable priced organic red ($16 in Ontario) that I can recommend highly for your moments of ethical imbibing. Coming out of my glass was a the scent of clay, wood, leather and ripe berry. Into the mouth the wine remained on point: field berry juiced by an earthy grip, a foundation of green vegetable and a nice smooth Read more [...]
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