Tag: Chile

Montes Alpha M Colchagua Valley Red 2013, Chile


It’s time for my #FridayCabernetfix.

What a great Cabernet Sauvignon based Bordeaux blend from Chile this is.

Full bodied and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Showing black fruits with cedar, vanilla, leather, vegetables, spices, earth, chocolates, tobacco, coffee, cola and black pepper.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

This 8 year old is delicious now and not showing much age. Will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

This Single Vineyard is a little heavy on the vanilla right now, but I enjoyed it regardless. Gets earthier as it opens up (2 hours).

A blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$95.

Viña Santa Rita Cabernario No. 8 Cabernet Sauvignon 2019, Maipo Valley, Chile

Inky in color with a short purple rim.

Fruity nose of black currants, cooked plums, figs, light oak, vanilla, earth, chocolates, tobacco leaf and coffee.

Full bodied and bold with medium acidity.

Very dry on the palate with blackberries, black plums, oak, spices, tobacco leaf, chocolates, light vegetables, coffee and peppercorn.

Spicy finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Still young, but already enjoyable, even right out of the bottle.

Needs 30 minutes to open up properly and show the tannins.

This Single Vineyard Cabernet is nicely balanced with a nice mouthfeel. Spicy and bold with a teeth staining color.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair nicely with BBQ Meats.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

14% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20.

Viña Centenaria Merelo Single Vineyard Merlot 2019, Chile



It’s time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday. Here’s one from Chile.

Deep purple in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose with black plums, black currants, light oak, vanilla, light vegetables, earth, spices and black pepper.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, light oak, cloves, chocolates, tobacco, spices, coffee and black pepper.

Nice finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a nice and easy drinking Merlot from Chile. A nice everyday wine.

Fruit forward and good right out of the bottle. After 90 minutes of airtime, it gets earthier and spicier.

This Single Vineyard Merlot is still young, but already approachable. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years.

Good by itself or with food. A good party wine too. I had it all by itself, by the lake.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$18.

Viña Cantenaria SingerStone Sauvignon Blanc 2020, Chile



Pale lemon in color with a yellow tint.

On the nose citrus, apples, pears, lemons, light peaches, spices and minerals.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity. Crisp and refreshing.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples and spices.

Short finish with limes.

This is a nice and simple Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. Showing lots of lemon and citrus notes. Fruit forward and easy drinking.

A nice pool wine and good for parties too.

Good right out of the bottle, and good by itself or with food. I had it all by itself by the lake. Will pair nicely with oysters.

13% alcohol by volume.

87 Points.

$13.

Tripantu Pinot Noir Reserve 2019, Chile



Nice reddish in color with medium minus intensity.

Nose of cherries, raspberries, spices, herbs and vegetables.

Light to medium in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with raspberries, bing cherries, earth, herbs and spices.

Short finish with fine grained tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a nice and easy drinking Pinot Noir from Chile. Simple and good by itself or with food.

Fruit forward right out of the bottle, and gets earthier as it opens up.

I gave it a light chill and had it by the pool.

Aged in French and American oak barrels for 6 months.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

86 points.

$20.

https://wineinsiders.com/wine/2019-tripantu-pinot-noir-reserve-casablanca-valley

Concha Y Toro Castillo del Diablo Merlot Reserva 2019, Chile

Time for some Merlot on this #MerlotThursday.

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Earthy nose with bell pepper, vegetables, blueberries, light wood, wet leaves, dark coffee, spices, earth and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with currants, plums, green pepper, oak, licorice, cloves, earth, vegetables, wet leaves and peppercorn.

Medium finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a simple Merlot from Chile. Spicy and tangy.

Very green at this point, and needs a few hours to open up properly.

Still young and unbalanced, and would be better in 3 years.

Good by itself and better with food. I paired it with cheeses, nuts and fresh fruit.

13.5% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$10.

Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, Chile

Deep purple in color with a purplish rim.

On the nose black plums, black cherries, black currant, chocolates, wood, earth, vanilla, licorice, cloves, light alcohol and vegetables.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, oak, cloves, earth, vegetables, graphite and herbs.

Medium finish with fine tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice everyday wine from Chile. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Spicy and tangy. Fruit forward with a nice mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and shows mild complexity after 2 hours. Even better after 4 hours of airtime, so be patient.

A good value wine and a Single Vineyard . Would be nice to revisit it in a couple of years.

I paired it with cheeses and light appetizers.

14% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$13.

Vina Haras de Pirque Character Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2008, Maipo, Chile

Dark inky in color with a short reddish rim. Not showing age at all.

Strong nose of blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, vanilla, licorice, vegetables, cloves, herbs, bell pepper, peppercorn, spices, dark chocolates and cola.

Full bodied, bold and extracted, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, vegetables, bitter herbs, graphite, chocolates, earth and pencil lead.

Medium minus on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This 12 year old Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon blend is very enjoyable. Drinking very nicely now with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel.

Right out of the bottle, it is a very earthy with lots of green vegetable notes, smells like a garden. Once it opens up, it is so much better.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly and remove much of the vegetable notes.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with 3 different Brie cheeses. Big and bold, rich and extracted.

A blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Carmenere, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Syrah.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$30.

Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Chile

It’s time for Cabernet for my #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nicely aged one from Chile.

Dark ruby in color with a wide brick rim.

On the nose, blueberries, black cherries, black plums, oak, vanilla, licorice, spices, chocolates, dark coffee and black pepper.

Full-bodied, smooth and elegant, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, mocha, leather, light bitter herbs, light earth, vinaigrette and peppercorn.

Long finish with smooth and elegant tannins and tangy cherries.

What a nice surprise. This is a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Nicely aged with nice balance and complexity.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 45 minutes of airtime in a decanter.

This 12 year old Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile is drinking extremely nicely now. Peaking now, with great complexity and a soft mouthfeel. Very tasty all by itself.

Thank you Elvira for sharing.

This is a great example of an under $20 wine that becomes delicious with proper aging.

I paired it with a charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were aged in French oak barrels for 12 months.

14% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$17 (Current vintage).

Château Los Boldos Tradition Carmenère Réserve 2017, Chile

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Earthy nose with cherries, raspberries, wood, licorice, earth, wet leaves, bitter herbs, bell pepper and peppercorn.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Dry and earthy on the palate with strawberries, cherries, raspberries, wood, bell pepper, forest floor, tobacco leaf and peppercorn.

Short finish with fine tannins and tangy pomegranates.

This is a simple Carmenere from Chile. Very earthy with lots of bell pepper notes.

A good food wine, but not so much by itself. Would be better in a few years.

Wine Enthusiasts 84 points.

Aged in French oak barrels for 6 months.

Not my style, but I had it blind, and called it right, so that’s nice 😉

13.5% alcohol by volume.

83 points.

$11.