Daily Archives: May 21, 2009

Wines of Chile Online Blogger Tasting

Last night I had the opportunity to taste through 8 wines from all over Chile with the wine makers. Well I wasn’t actually with the wine makers, but I was watching them virtually via a webcast hosted by the folks at Wines of Chile.

In a moderated fashion we were introduced to each of the wines by the winemaker and then tasted through them while having the opportunity to ask questions through the webcast. The pace was a little fast at first but once we provided some feedback the paced eased a bit and the questions were being answered in time with the wines we were sipping. Here is some video of my setup and the online action:

In attendance were the following wine makers and wines with some brief tasting notes –

  • Antonio Bravo from Emiliana and his 2008 Natura Sauvignon Blanc – aromas of “cat pee”, dried apricots, honey and stone with tart apple, grass, mineral and a touch of smoke on the palate; razor sharp acidity ($10.99) – for more info on this wine and their organic practices check out my wife’s blog Wine Conscience

  • Adolfo Hurtado Cerda from Cono Sur and his 2008 Vision Pinot Noir – aromas of strawberry, flower petals and cedar with crushed red fruit, red currant and cherry on the palate; medium body with ripe acidity ($15.00)

  • Marcelo Gallardo from Vina Los Vascos and his 2006 Los Vascos Reserve – got some nice red fruit on the nose but then some cork taint was starting to come through and was definitely apparent on the palate, unfortunately ($20.99)

  • Andres Caballero from Carolina Wine Brands and his Santa Carolina 2007 Reserva de Familia Carmenere – aromas of mocha, raspberry and boysenberry followed by leather, cranberry, red currant and green bell pepper on the palate; huge tannins very full bodied ($14.99)

  • Francisco Baettig from Errazuriz and his 2007 Single Vineyard Carmenere – aromas of blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, and mocha with cedar blackberry, black cherry and tobacco on the palate; spicy and full bodied with BIG fuzzy tannins ($26.00)

  • Rafael Urrejola from Undurraga and his wine 2007 T.H. Syrah – after talking with the folks on Twitter last night, I think I may have had a bad bottle because all I tasted and smelled was plastic. Like the smell of taking a new action figure out of the box, it was really weird. Have to give this another shot sometime. ($24.00)

  • Cecilia Guzman from Haras de Pirque and her wine the 2006 Haras Character Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere – aromas of raw roast beef, red fruit, oak and earth with fire roasted green peppers followed up by spicy red fruit, cassis, cedar, oak and mint on the palate; full bodied and powerful tannins ($21.00)

  • Christian Aliaga from Veramonte and his 2006 Primus – aromas of smoke, grilled ribs, dark fruit and red clay followed by red raspberry, leather and tons of cherry on the palate; leathery, firm ripe tannins ($20.00)

I was most impressed by the Carmenere, they were big full bodied, with loads of fruit and acidity, definitely would be interested in tasting these two wines in 5 years or so. The Pinot Noir surprised me the most, I wouldn’t expect the wine to perform well at all but it showed well and $15 the Cono Sur was a great value. Thanks again to the folks at Wines of Chile for the opportunity!


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