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Friday, April 15, 2011

Wines of Chile - Cool Climate Red Wine Blogger Tasting

For the last few years I've been lucky enough to participate in what I believe is an absolute renaissance in the world of wine. The emergence of "fine wine" in Chile over the last decade or so has been no secret to the wine world, however the production of "small lot" boutique wines that can compete with the best wines from Europe and the premium regions of the U.S. is really something to behold.

As with the previous Wines of Chile "Blogger Tastings" I was able to take part in an online group tasting of eight Chilean wines with a specific focus. This years event was called "RED RED WINE" - (Cool Climate Red Wines From Chile). Below is a picture of the line-up which included four cool climate Pinot Noir's and four cool climate Syrah's.

I must be frank is stating that this was one of the best tastings I've almost ever been through. Every wine was of considerable quality and 7 of 9 I thought deserved a ninety or better on the 100-point scale. What blows me away even more is that 8 of 9 wines are priced under $30. I must have told my wife at least ten times that I was absolutely blown away by the quality of these wines. Wow! I congratulate all 8 wineries on their amazing cool climate reds!

Here are my short tasting notes of each wine. If you want to read the full in-depth review of each, then just click on the linked title of each wine:

Nose: red raspberry, red currant, cranberry, chalky earth, and hints of dried herb
Flavors: red raspberry and black cherry flavors, hints of soil and leather, and a touch of dried herb
Notes: Fresh Acidity, Bold red fruit, hearty
Score: 91 Points

Nose: brambly raspberry jam, vanilla, oak, anise, and hints of sage
Flavors: blackberry, black currant, graphite, licorice, spice, and cedar
Notes: long finish, big dry tannin, cab-drinkers Pinot
Score: 90+ Points

Nose: red raspberry, black cherry, red licorice, mineral, smoke, and toast
Flavors: red raspberry, black cherry, dark chocolate, mineral, and subtle hints of oak and spice
Notes: Firm, but very ripe tannin, structured, balanced acidity
Score: 90+ Points

2008 Cono Sur Ocio Pinot Noir - Casablanca Valley
Nose: fresh strawberry preserves, blueberry muffins, and chocolate covered raspberry sticks
Flavors: candied strawberry, blueberry, mineral, red-fruit driven
Notes: Delicious Factor! Sweet tannin, fruit forward
Score: 94 Points

2009 Tamaya Syrah Reserva - Limarí Valley
Nose: luscious black raspberry, blueberry pancake, acacia, potting soil, and barbecued meats
Flavors: black currant, cassis, touch of orange blossom, blueberry
Notes: rich, powerful ,well-made, complex, balanced oak, acid, and fruit
Score: 91 points

2006 Loma Larga Syrah - Casablanca Valley
Nose: black currant, cassis, dried herbs, mineral, soil, scorched earth, and dark chocolate truffle
Flavors: black fruit character, that combines with savory dark chocolate and a touch of rosemary
Notes: bold and aggressive tannin, age worthy, big black fruit, terroir
Score90 Points

Nose: brambleberry, mulberry, vanilla, and hints of "hi-c fruit" almost candied and synthetic punch
Flavors: rich blackberry, creme de cassis, licorice, and graphite flavors.
Notes: slightly spiritous, Aussie-like, chunky tannin
Score: 86 Points

Nose: earthy blackberry, eucalyptus, pencil led, and crushed rocks
Flavors: black cherry, rustic blackberry, spice, pepper
Notes: firm and dry tannin, rustic, terroir driven
Score: 89 points

Wines of Chile is an organization committed to promoting the quality and image of Chilean wine throughout the world. It has offices in Santiago, London, and New York, as well as representatives in Canada, Ireland, and Denmark, and also works closely with ProChile to develop and offer promotional and educational programs in Asia, Latin America and Europe. Wines of Chile’s 76 member wineries belong to Vinos de Chile and represent 85% of Chile’s bottled wine exports.


Wine Online said...

Chilean wines are amongst my favorite. 2006 Don Melchor Cabernet Conch Y Toro to be exact.

carina said...

I have not yet know what is the taste of sweet red wine. But I'm willing to try it if there is a chance because someone says a wine is also good for our body.