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Casablanca Valley

Chile, White Blend, Reserva, “Devil’s Collection,” Casillero del Diablo, Concha y Toro, Casablanca Valley, 2013

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White blend of: 85% sauvignon blanc, 10% chardonnay, and 5% gewürztraminer. N/ 2 out of 10 on sauvignon blanc “cat aroma” scale, which is just right for me. Lemon zest, gooseberries, yellow dried grasses, honeysuckle, herbals, and a touch of butter. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Rounder that one would expect from her nose. Citrus, light grass and […]

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Chile, Sauvignon Blanc, Los Vascos, Domaines Barones de Rothschild (Lafite), Casablanca Valley, 2011

N / Green, hard herbals. 5 out of 10 on cat / ammonia scale. Dry grasses and hints of raw asparagus. Wafts of wet concrete, spring water, and light chlorine. Wet steel. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Solid, limey, acid pop, leading to puckering lemon and honeysuckle. Excellent balance. Mineral and steel closer. Price = $14 Nose = B / […]

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Chile, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Casa Silva / Los Vascos, Domaines Barones de Rothschild (Lafite) / Cono Sur / Nimbus / Veramonte / Santa Rita / De Martino / Concha y Toro

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      Wines of Chile Blogger Tasting 5 Sauvignon Blancs and 3 Chardonnays from various locales in Chile (Casablanca, Colchagua, Leyda, and Limari Valleys). Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer (@FredDexMS) as host. These wines were generously provided by the wineries, Wines of Chile (@DrinkChile & @WinesofChile), and the Thomas Collective (@TTC_Tweets). Sound-bite Summary As I tweeted at the […]

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Chile, Syrah, Loma Larga, Casablanca Valley, 2006

N/ Brick dust. Massive, carmelized black fruits. Flint. Barnyard, rope, and burlap. Pencil shavings, and crushed rocks, oh my. Lovely.  T/ Medium-full mouthfeel.  Surprisingly clean given the earthy nose. Massive tannins. Big, dripping black fruits. Savory mushrooms. Mineral and long, fruit bomb finish. Winemaker = Cedric Nicolle http://www.lomalarga.com/site/?page_id=28 Price = $29 Brilliant. 92 / 93 […]

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Chile, Chardonnay, Los Vascos, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Lafite, Colchagua & Casablanca Valley fruit, 2010

N/ Freshly steeped hay. River rocks. Passion fruit, grapefruit, and yellow fruits. For first 10 minutes the acid blast is off the charts – then it subsides. T/ Medium mouth feel. Medium oil and glycerol weight. Smooth, yellow fruit bomb followed by crisp minerality. Finish is long and mildly fruity – with an end note […]

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Chile, Pinot Noir, Veramonte, Ritual, Casablanca Valley, 2009

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Note: she shows much better 2 hours after opening. N/ Rose petals, smoldering fire, cigar box, blackcherry and plums, sandalwood. Occasional vegetal wafts (vigorous swirling dissipates). T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Dripping cherries. Slightly tannic for first 90 minutes.  Dry earthiness. Tad rough, and lacking smoothness for first 2 hours. After the two hour mark, she greatly […]

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Chile, Pinot Noir, Vina Casablanca, Nimbus Estate, Single Vineyard, Casablanca Valley, 2009

N/ First thing that hits you is a very pleasant, earth- and incense-driven perfume. Sandalwood. Crushed, acidic, river rocks. Black fruits and black tea. Lovely. Note: after I finalized my own rating I noted that other tasters of this wine had experienced some vegetal and plastic aromas.  I have experienced those traits in a number […]

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Chile, Sauvignon Blanc, Los Vascos, Les Domaines Baron de Rothschild, Lafite, Casblanca Valley & Curicó, 2010

N/ Pronounced green grass, raw asparagus, and hard herbals. Round, yellow fruits boxed in on all sides by crushed granite and minerals. Slight ammonia wafts. This is a muscular nose for the varietal. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Unexpected glycerol weight lends power and coating to the ripe yellow fruits, lychee, and stewed hay flavors. Very refreshing […]

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Chile, Pinot Noir, Valdivieso, Reserva, Casablanca Valley, 2009

Note: more vibrant and balanced within one hour of opening. Don’t dally. N/ Crushed river rocks steeped in a light black tea. Clean, lean, bacon wafts. Solid, standard pinot cherry waftings. Crisp hay. Flint. Tiny hints of chlorine. T/ Medium mouthfeel.  Well balanced acid with ample red fruits and berries. No hard edges here, even […]

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Chile, Pinot Noir, Cono Sur, Ocio, Casablanca Valley, 2006

N/ Burnt cherries. Dirt. Earth. Clove. Spice box. Nutmeg. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Amazingly clean. Huge berries. Damp earth. Price =  $40-50 retail. Astounding-. 95 Note: The 2007 version of this wine remains one of my favorite wines, at any price.

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