Archive for the Valle Centrale Category

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 [...]

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 [...]

Vina Montes Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere 2008, Colchagua, Chile

Dark.  Heavy.  Burning.  Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere 2008, and Sex On Fire by Kings Of Leon come racing out at you.  The wine itself could shame most Malbecs in terms of not letting any light through.  But the heat and the fire come from within.  The wine has a great leathery scent , it reminds me of the smell of a brand new baseball glove.  Taste wise, it is 70/30 split between the Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere – but the Carmenere is where it gets its spiciness. Read more [...]
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