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Gran Reserva

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, 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, Carmenere, Carmen, Gran Reserva, Apalta Valley, 2009

N/ Started off with typical Carmenere blackcherry / slightly reduced / smokey wafts … but those dissipated and blackcherry, game, blood, and brooding red and purple fruit slowly emerged after extended airing and swirling. T / Full mouthfeel. Clean. Slightly puckering tannins. Massive smoked blackcherries and red berry jam. Burlap closer with acid still going […]

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