No, this post is not about a new remix to Britney Spears song “Oops I did it again”, it is instead about two Chilean wines from the Colchagua and Central Valley’s. The other night I popped the 2008 Oops Cheeky Little White Sauvignon Blanc and the 2007 Oops Spicy Splendor Carmenere. Both of these varietals were of some of the biggest movers from Chile up twenty and twenty-three percent respectively. According to Rob Bralow of RF Binder and Wines of Chile: “Overall, Chilean bottled table wines increased by 2% in 2008, especially in December where imports of Chilean bottled table wines increased by 25% over December 2007. Most other countries saw a sharp decline in 2008.“ I would imagine that this in part because of the economic decline in the last and first part of this year here in the US and the incredible value that wines from Chile offer.
On to the wines…
Grapes: 85% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Carmenere
Fermentation: Stainless steel
Region: Colchagua Valley, Chile
My Tasting Notes –
Nose: grassy, cat pee (normal and not offensive), lime-aid
Taste: lime, citrus , green pea and a touch of grapefruit at the back of the palate
Mouthfeel: nice medium bodied with good acidity up front and across the mid-palate
Finish: nice lingering flavors of grass and asparagus but the acidity that greeted me up front seemed to disappear a bit too quickly
This a nice Sauvignon Blanc, very reminiscent of SB’s from New Zealand and may be a nice alternative for people who like that style as the NZ SB’s prices have been on a steady incline. That isn’t to say that there aren’t great values from New Zealand as well. The nose on this wine was ridiculous, jumping out of the glass with classic Sauv Blanc aromas. I think the wines only down fall was the finish as the acidity fell off at the end after being so present up front.
Grapes: 100% Carmenere
Fermentation: Stainless steel with 50% being aged in French and American oak for 8 months
Region: Central Valley (Curicó, Maipo, Maule, Rapel), Chile
My Tasting Notes-
Nose: blackberry, boysenberry, and “candy shop”
Taste: black pepper, leather, blackberry, pepperoni
Mouthfeel: full bodied and spicy
Finish: long and fruity
I am starting to see more and more 100% Carmeneres pop up in wine shops and this another good example of what can be done with the varietal. The people at Oops weren’t lying about this wine being spicy, it was loading with black pepper notes as well as black pepper spiciness. Great dark fruit aromas on the nose and palate with nice earthy hints of leather and spiced meats. Again a great value at $12.