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Maipo Valley

Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marques de Casa Concha, Concha y Toro, Puente Alto, Maipo Valley, 2014

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N/ Purple and red fruits. Smoked game. Brick dust. Paprika. Cedar / cigar box. Forest floor. Bell peppers. T/ Medium full mouth feel. Loaded with red, blue, and black fruit flavors. These are well-balanced with wood and Earth notes. Only detraction is a light bell pepper note that will likely resolve with more bottle rest […]

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Chile, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grey, Ventisquero, Glacier, Trinidad Vineyard, Single Block, Maipo Valley, 2013

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N/ The first aroma that hits you is smoldering campfire, this is followed by light vegtable wafts including a little bit of bell pepper. Then come plum skins, black cherry, black soil, earth, oak, and tobacco. With enough aeration the smoke and vegetables recede and she then has a beautiful nose. Definitely decant (at least […]

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Chile, Carménère, Ventisquero, Grey, Glacier, Maipo Valley, Trinidad Vineyard, 2013

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If you have had a few bottles of under $20 carménère in the past and have been put off by either the smoky and/or reduced aromas, you are in luck. This wine has none of those traits and is absolutely delicious, balanced, and elegant. N/ Dusty black fruits, wild herbs, multiple wood aromas, slate, and […]

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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, Red Blend (Syrah with Carmenere), Perez Cruz, Limited Edition, Maipo Valley, 2010

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Red Blend of: 93% Syrah and 7% Carmenere. Note: tasted 2-5 hours post decant. C/ Lovely black/purple tarn with a glowing brick red rim. N/ Huge black fruits stewed with old flint. Cassis and blackcherry reduction sauce. Crushed riverock. Deep, aged tobacco notes. Stewed cedar, with hints of pine. Clean, angular game notes and wet […]

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Chile, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc, William Fevre, Gran Cuvée, Gran Reserva, Pirque, Maipo Valley, 2007

Red Blend of 85% Carmenère and 15% Cabernet Franc. Note: 2 out of 3 bottles I recently had of Fevre’s Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon suffered from humid, crappy, corks that rendered the wines oxidized – so while I could tell there was decent wine underneath the rust, I did not have high hopes for this Carmenère. […]

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Chile, Haras de Pirque, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenere Red blend, Maipo Valley, 2007

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Red blend of: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Carmenere, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Syrah. Note: for first two hours far too tight and one dimensional in both aroma and taste. Really needs a lot of time post decant to blossom. At about 3 to 4 hours after decanting… N/ Spicy cassis, massive minerality, smoked meat. […]

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