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Errazuriz Founder’s Reserve Don Maximiano 2006

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2006
Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: Chile – Aconcagua

Lovely notes of oak on the nose with fruit and tobacco. Full flavours of cassis, and blackberry with nice integrated tannins and a sumptuous finish. Very good.

Errazuriz Carménère Estate 2009

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Vintage: 2009
Type: Carménère
Country: Chile – Aconcagua

Peppery notes with nice level of spice. Oak and tobacco. Tannins are a bit harsh, but not unexpected for a carmenere. Deep red colour, almost black with strong legs.

Altaïr Vineyards & Winery Sideral 2002

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Vintage: 2002
Type: Red Bordeaux Blend
Country: Chile – Rapel Valley

A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, this wine is a collaboration with Chile and St. Emilion.

Big full flavours of prunes and black fruits. Nice highlights of oak with strong, but not overpowering tannins. Could use some more time in the cellar.

Concha Y Torro Winemaker’s Lot 2008

Monday, July 5th, 2010

Vintage: 2008
Type: Carmenere
Country: Chilie – Rapel Valley

I tried this wine in Edinburgh, mainly because I had enjoyed the Diablo Carmenere (also owned by Toro) that I had tried. This wine was great. A deep purple colour, chocolate on the nose and dark fruit and a hint of coffee on the palate. It was quite strong, so I would recommend it with food.

Casillero del Diablo – Malbec

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

Vintage: 2008
Type: Malbec
Country: Chile

Malbec is a grape that I only approach when I’m feeling particularly gutsy or confident, so maybe the timing was just a bit off today. This Malbec offers up an amazing bouquet after swirling it around just a tiny touch. It tastes of various berries, is strongly oaked and offers up a vanilla-like finish. This wine should always be paired with food, as it would be too bold on its own. I wondered why this wine is so bold – it is probably because of the lack of rain and low altitude at which the grapes are grown in Chile. I reckon this will pair well with a rare and lightly seasoned steak.

Casillero del Diablo – Pinot Grigio

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

Vintage: 2008
Type: Pinot Grigio
Country: Chile – Casablanca Valley

DESCRIPTION

This is an easy-to-drink white that is perfect on hot, dry evenings, with or without a meal. We bought a case of this at Majestic (Callais) and have enjoyed a few bottles this summer already. It is refreshing and citrusy. Good lasting finish on the palate too!

Casillero del Diablo Shiraz

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Vintage: 2007
Type: Shiraz
Country: Chile

Casillero del Diablo is a safe wine. Reasonably cheap (though the Cabernet is now quite expensive now that it has been recognised), this winery is reliable to produce a decent wine. The shiraz follows this trend, good flavour, good colour and good taste. I recommend it if you can find it for a good price.

Also the crest is pretty cool.

El Bosque

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Vintage: 2006
Type: Carmenere
Country: Chile – Casablanca

I quite liked this wine. A straight Carmenere is a bit odd, but it worked quite well. Recommended.

Montgras Reserva

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Vintage: 2006
Type: Merlot
Country: Chile – Colchagua Valley

Nice Merlot with good flavour and taste.

Clos Centenaire

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Vintage: 2004
Type: Cabernet Blend
Country: Chile – Maule Valley

Lovely wine with a great taste. Old vines performing wonderfully. I enjoyed this red especially the hint of coffee. You need to let it breathe a bit.

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