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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wines of Chile - Carmenere Blogger Tasting

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.

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2010 Emiliana Natura Carmenere - Colchagua Valley
Nose: black currant, eucalyptus, scorched earth, and hints of dried herb
Flavors: black fruit, coffee grind, soil, dried herb, mineral
Notes: simple, dry tannin, black fruit, good steak wine
Score: 86 points

2008 Casa Silva Los Lingues Carmenere Gran Reserva - Colchagua Valley
Nose: brambly fruit, eucalyptus leaf, hint of soil and mineral
Flavors: blackberry, licorice, spice, eucalyptus
Notes: smooth texture, nice long finish, fruit driven
Score: 88 points

2008 Santa Rita Medalla Real Carmenere - Colchagua Valley
Nose: red licorice rope, raspberry, vanilla, anise, noticeable oak spice
Flavors: Cassis, licorice, coco, cedar
Notes: round texture, long finish, big tannin, dry
Score: 90 Points

2008 Montes Alpha Carmenere - Colchagua Valley
Nose: dried herb, black currant, vanilla, cedar, spice
Flavors: voluptuous red and black fruit, cherry, black berry, cola, cedar-spice
Notes: nice fruit character, good balance fruit-to-wood, very approachable style
Score: 89 points

2009 Carmen Carmenere Gran Reserva - Apalta Valley
Nose: beautiful black berry, cassis, eucalyptus, chocolate truffle, and hints of anise
Flavors: ripe cassis, blackberry jam, dark chocolate, cedar
Notes: rich, luxurious texture, jammy, firm tannin on finish, great expression of Carmenere
Score: 91 points

2009 Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Carmenere - Rapel Valley
Nose: boysenberry, raspberry dark chocolate sticks, chambord, black fruit preserves
Flavors: deliciously ripe blackberry, blackberry pie filling, chocolate, 
Notes: ripe tannin, beautiful fruit, very refined, amazing stuff!
Score93+ Points

2009 Concho y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Carmenere - Rapel Valley
Nose: black currant, dried herb, sage, black licorice, vanilla, cedar
Flavors: spicy black currant, ripe cassis, chalky and dry tannin, graphite, soil
Notes: dry, chunky tannin, aggressive on the palate, needs bottle age, well made though
Score: 87+ Points

2007 Haras de Pirque Cabernet/Carmenere - Maipo Valley
Nose: dried sage, sulfur, black currant, cedar box, mineral, scorched earth
Flavors: big and bold black currant, cassis, dark chocolate
Notes: firm and dry tannin, good fruit, strange aromatics, 
Score: 85 points

 
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