Archive for the Chile Category

Luis Felipe Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva 2010, Leyda Valley Chile

I sampled the Chlilean made Luis Felipe Edwards 2010 Sauvignon Blanc well into a tasting when my nose and palate should have been starting to get thrown off by sheer over-indulging and under use of the spittoon. But this very young Sauvignon Blanc had every element cranked to 11 on a scale of 10 and left nothing to the imagination. The nose was such a voluminous choral rendition of tropical fruit that I was quite taken aback. Taste wise that chorus sung a medley of pineapple, ripe-sweet grapefruit Read more [...]

Concha Y Toro Trio Reserva Chardonnay 2007, Valle Casablanca, Chile

The Trio range of wines from Chilean Giant Concha Y Toro, mixes affordability plus a hybrid of blended and varietal based bottles. For example the Concha Y Toro Trio Reserva 2007 Chardonnay makes prominent mention of the 15% Pinot Grigio and 15% Pinot Blanc juices making the gene pool a little bit deeper. And let's face it, the single varietal gene pool is getting a little shallow isn't it? The result is a wine that has three clear phases, the start with some minerality, the big Chard middle a Read more [...]

Viu Manent Carménère Reserva 2009, Colchagua Valley Chile

Raise your hand if you are up for a pure Carménère that marries Chilean patented swagger and a briefcase full extra flavours that you usually find in blends from areas like France's Loire Valley. The Viu Manent Carménère Reserva 2009 packs all the green pepper, earthy tones and signature tannin that you should get from a good Carménère and throws in some cassis blackberry and even some refreshing mint. This is an example of how a Carménère can have some of those things we all love in a Cabernet Read more [...]

Viña Chocalan Seleccion Carménère 2009, Maipo Valley Chile

Some great things jump out at you and other thrills cause anticipation. The Seleccion Carménère from Viña Chocalan is the latter. Not particularly fragrant, the taste starts to build slowly and before you know it you have an example of what Carménère is all about. Vegetable notes like green pepper with some chocolate and leather appear. The wine had a nice spicy finish which capped off the slow build up perfectly. Maipo Valley home of the vineyards that produced this wine, and Chile for that Read more [...]

Amayna Pinot Noir 2008, Valle Leyda: Focus On Chile

I have to say I love the idea of a high alcohol Pinot Noir. Of course moderation is important, but when you see 14% alcohol on the label, you have to get primed for a ripe gulp of the red nectar. The Amayna Pinot noir does not disappoint. Ripe fruit, complex structure consisting the essence of that fruit coat your tongue without being obstructed by any obnoxious smoked barrel nuisance. You can look at this as a slight discovery wine, not that I accusing Amayna of being a small producer, but not Read more [...]

Santa Digna Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Reserve, Valle Centrale, Chile

Santa Digna makes this Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon that challenges heavy-weight model of new world  convention.  The winery is a subsidiary of Spanish giant Torres, and they bring their Iberian flare for balancing dry and juicy wine.  I was expecting something heavier when I opened the bottle and smelled a leathery oak aroma.  Kudos for keeping the overall barrel effect on the roasted-more-than-toasted end of the spectrum.  The conversation about what makes this wine distinctive needs to revolve Read more [...]
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