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Chilean Varietals

Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Ventisquero, Queulat, Single Vineyard, Gran Reserva, Valle de Maipo, 2010

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Rated 20 minutes post decant. More breathing time recommended. N/ Smoldering campfire akin to signature Carmenere aromas, which is a tad odd but still quite inviting. Deep cassis and black cherry. Brick dust. Flint and gunpowder akin to a Bordeaux blend. This nose clearly has an identity complex but it is still nice. T/ Medium […]

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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, 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, Syrah, Undurraga, T.H., Leyda Valley, 2009

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N/ Huge confectionery stewed oak staves. Barrel room. Stewed plums with a light dust of white pepper. Wet steel. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Massive ripe plums and berries stewed in oak and pepper. Smooth, with slight acid pucker and chalk. Long, fruit bomb, mouthwatering finish. Night two (vaccu-vinned and refrigerated overnight): N/ Much improved. Sage-kissed barrel […]

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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, 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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South America – Tour de Vino, Carne, y Cerveza – Part 2 of 2: Chile

“Chile produces some fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon, at least one astounding Pinot Noir (see below), and a host of nice whites. The real grape star of Chile, however, may end up being….” Please click on the link, immediately below, to be taken to this article that I have posted on Scribd. I suggest hitting the “full […]

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