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Colchagua Valley

Chile, Carmenere, Montes Alpha, Colchagua Valley, 2012

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Red blend of: 90% carmenere and 10% cabernet sauvignon. Color/ Simply amazing. Almost black. Squid ink pomegranate juice and black soil came together as one deep, dark, brooding color. N/ Wonderfully void of some of the reduced aromas that are unfortunately associated with some low priced Chilean wines – especially upon first opening. Deep notes of ripe […]

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Chile, Chardonnay, Cocha y Toro, Serie Riberas, Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, 2012

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N/ 4 out of 10 on the butterscotch scale. Very agreeable and pronounced wafts of sun bleached rock. Outside of the actual tea, this is an amazing mimic of the aroma of chamomile. Sea spray, and a hint of iodine/kelp. Really, really nice. One of the nicer Chilean chardonnay noses I’ve encountered. T/ Medium full […]

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Chile, Sauvignon Blanc, Calcu, Colchagua Valley, 2012

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N/ Candied green apple, steamed hay, honeysuckle and sun bleached rocks. Devoid of cat, which I particularly admire. Overall, delicious and soft aromas notes for an SB. No angular, eye cutting, ammonia and gooseberry knives here. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Green apple tarting and lime juice popping. Honeysuckle delight. Soft, but also crisp. Touches of minerals […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon (with Carménère and Petit Verdot), Calcu, Colchagua Valley, 2010

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Whoa. This is like no other Chilean cabernet I’ve ever had. Her colors, big acid, and thin mouthfeel would not suggest cabernet sauvignon to me – if this was a bling tasting. Red blend of: 85% cabernet sauvignon, 10% carménère, and 5% petit verdot. N/ Eucalyptus delights. Fresh raspberries quech. Fresh leather intrigues. Flint and […]

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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, Carmenere, Santa Rita, Medalla Real Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, 2008

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N/ Slightly acidic, smoked, burlap and black cherries for first hour, giving way too less smoke and a more approachable nose two hours post-decant mark. Rust and blood. Granite dust. Stewed plums. T/ Full mouthfeel. Big, but coarsely grained, tannins. Plum and black cherry reduction sauce. High oak presence. Chalky finish. http://www.santarita.com/international/ Price = $19.99 Rating […]

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Chile, Carménère, Emiliana, Natura, Colchagua Valley, 2010

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A red blend of 85% Carménère and 15% Syrah. N/ Smoked black cherries associated with many Carménères. Acidic granite dust, crisp leather and burlap. Crushed river rocks. A tad too hot. T/ Full mouthfeel. Smooth and coating blackcherry and blackberry jam. River rock juice. Rust and soil. Sweet minerals on the close. Note: I can […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Montes Alpha, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red blend of: 90% Carmenere and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. One hour post decant… N/ Sweet smoked BBQ! Creamy cassis and blackcherry. Soft river rock wafts and a nice minerality. Old leather. Warm cinnamon. Delightful. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Thick, smooth black cherry and black fruits. Sweet wood work. Medium high acid for the varietal. Dry, slight tannic, mineral […]

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Chile, Carmenere, Casa Silva, Los Lingues Gran Reserva, Colchagua Valley, 2008

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Note: best one to two hours+ after decant. N/ Burnt black cherries and burlap. Stewed violets. Pronounced minerality. Soft flint and granite. A nice touch of roses. T/ Full mouthfeel. Thick, coating black fruits and a rose petal reduction sauce. Medium-high acids. River rock juice. A few unfortunate green notes. http://www.casasilva.cl/ Price = $22 Rating = […]

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Chile, Cabernet, Los Vascos, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Lafite, Colchagua Valley, 2009

Note: this wine was decanted a full two hours before rating, I’d suggest you do the same. N/ High acid signature leading to black currant, cassis, crisp leather, green grasses, light white pepper, and a nice granite closer. T/ Medium to medium-full mouth feel. Smooth, but powerful cassis and blackcherries.  Slight to low tannic bite […]

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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, Red Blend (Syrah dominated), Emiliana, Coyam, Colchagua Valley, 2007

Red Blend of: 38% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 17% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Mourvedre Note: I was lucky enough to have an earlier vintage of the Coyam at the Concha y Toro tasting room in Chile during December 2008. While I liked this wine then, and I like it now, I […]

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Chile, Red Blend, Lurton, Hacienda Araucano, “Clos de Lolol”, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red Blend of: 31% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Franc 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 17% Carmenere N/ Clean rust, cedar, hard oaks, granite, light leather and black cherry. T/ Medium mouthfeel, clean, austere raspberries, cranberry acid, a tad salty finish. Price = $23 Very Good+ 89 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Syrah dominated), Maquis Lien, Colchagua Valley, 2006

Red Blend of: 42% Syrah, 30% Carmenere, 12% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, and 7% Malbec N/ Tad hot. Dry earth. Cherry. Light game. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Elegant cherry. Ripe, dripping, blackberries. Nice acid pop. Slight pucker. Price = $19 Very Good 88 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… the […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Cabernet dominated), Montes, “Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere”, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red Blend of: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carmenere N/ Hardwood-driven cherries. Slight vinyl. Slight spice and cloves. Light flint. T/ Light to medium. Salty plums. Tad puckering. Cherry pie. Nice tobacco juice. Smoky, long finish. Price =$15 Brilliant 92 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” tasting event… the wine was a […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Carmenere dominated), Estampa, Gold Assemblage, Colchagua Valley, 2008

Red Blend of: 57% Carmenere, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot N/ A little much on the Carmenere-driven smoldering campfire. Reduced, hard cherry. Crushed granite. T/ Light to medium mouthfeel. Puckering. Round, red berries. Cedar juice. Flinty. Price = $22 Very Good+ 89 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” […]

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Chile, Red Blend, Domaines Barons de Rothschild, Los Vascos, Le Dix, Lafite, Colchagua Valley, 2006

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A red blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Carmenere, and 5% Syrah. N/ Smoked cherries. Coffee. Flint. Graphite. Clean. T/ Medium to full mouthfeel. Fantastic oaks. Multiple layers. Elegant ripe black and purple fruits. Perfect forest floor. Wow. Note: I’m a huge fan of Lafite’s French Bordeaux – basically like many folks are.. and I’ve […]

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