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Wines of Chile Tasting

Chile, Carmenere, Concha y Toro, Marques de Casa Concha, Rapel Valley, 2009

N/ Round, stewed fruits, black plums, black cherry. Acidic wafts of wood and burlap. A violet reduction / infusion, sprinkled with granite dust. Game notes. T/ Full mouthfeel. Acid looms large over concentrated rose petal juice, black fruits, and rare beef. Thick with minerality and dark soil flavors. While I was not eating one I can imagine […]

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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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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, Santa Carolina, Reserva de Familia, Rapel Valley, 2009

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N/ Massive and rich.  Thick oaks. Ripe, smoked black fruits. Rich forest floor, strong flint, tobacco, and gunnysack. Unlike any Carmenere nose I have ever smelt. Much more akin to a rich Napa Valley Cabernet or a red blend. Fairly confusing, but quite lovely. In a blind tasting I would have never guessed Carmenere from this nose.  The oak […]

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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, 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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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, Syrah (with 3% Viognier), Tamaya, Valle de Limari, Reserva, 2009

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Syrah with 3% Viognier N/ Smoked bacon. Cedar. Stewed cherries. Black olives. Sawdust. Black pepper. Lavender. Wow! T/ Full, coating, thick mouthfeel. Smooth after 30 minutes when some initial chalkiness subsides. Smoky, massive plums. Thick stew of cedar and oak. Crushed rock and mineral blast. This is a massive wine, begging for a rare to […]

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Chile, Syrah, Hacienda Araucano, Francois Lurton, Valle de Lolol, Reserva, 2009

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N/ Rust, plums, dried hay, black olives, powdered graphite. Tad reduced. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Angular. Huge, stewed plums and cassis with pencil shavings. Tannins still slightly rough even after an hour post decant. Love the screw top. Winemaker = Luca Hodgkinson http://www.francoislurton.com/EN/index.php Price = $13 Rating = B This wine was generously provided by the […]

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Chile, Red Blend (Syrah dominated), Casas del Bosque, “Gran Estate Selection, Private Reserve”, Casablanca Valley, 2007

Red Blend of: 61% Syrah, 26% Merlot, and 13% Pinot Noir Note: Yes, Pinot as a blender – I appreciated the ingenuity / daring here. N/ Interesting, deep, earthy, stones, and ripe fruit nose. Smoldering campfire. Lovely. Note: “Smoldering campfire”, for me, is a great, and decidedly, Carmenere signature. It was wafting about in this […]

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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 (Malbec dominated), De Martino, “Single Vineyard, Old Bush Vines”, “Las Cruces”, Cachapoal Valley, 2006

Red Blend of: 66% Malbec and 34% Carmenere N/ Reduced hard cherries, plum, leather, light rubber / tar. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Big ripe, musky, plum bomb. Nice wood-driven back end. Long, cherry and plum love finish. Price = $45 (tad high in my opinion) Brilliant- 90 This wine was part of a “Wines of Chile” […]

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Chile, Red Blend, Valdivieso, Eclat, Maule Valley, 2005

Red Blend of: 56% Carignan, 24% Mourvedre, and 20% Syrah Note: suggest that you wait at least one hour before enjoying. N/ Dishwater, smoked cherries, blackberries, cedar. T/ Medium, warm, cherries. Tad fuzzy. Needs more acid and structure, but quite gulpable and easy drinking. Perhaps a good “introduction to Chilean wine” for a newbie. Price […]

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