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Apaltagua Reserva 2011 Carmenere

Date: Tue, Feb 19, 2013 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $12 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Color: Deep ruby Nose: Raspberries, black cherries, and a hint of pepper Taste: Dry with a black fruit. Smooth tannins. Summary: Simple, earthy with good Carmenere fruit flavor. Product of Chile’s Colchagua Valley.

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Veramonte 2012 Syrah Rose

Date: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $9 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Color: Deep pink Nose: Raspberries Taste: Dry with raspberry and plum fruit flavors. Crisp and light on the palate Summary: Simple and refreshing, makes an excellent summer wine. Product of Chile’s Casablanca Valley.

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Matetic 2009 Corralillo

Date: Thu, Feb 7, 2013 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $30 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Color: Deep ruby-purple Nose: Intense red and black fruit with notes of earth, chocolate, and smoky wood Taste: Dry with buttery tannins, good acidity, chewy mouth feel with rich fruit flavor. Long finish. Summary: Elegant, mature and complex characteristics on the nose. Tasty, balanced, and interesting blend. Blend consists of 40% [...]

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William Cole Columbine Reserve 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Thu, Jan 31, 2013 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $18 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Color: Deep ruby Nose: Red and black berries with a little toast Taste: Dry with blackberries and black cherry fruit. Smooth and full in mouth, it goes down with a silky finish. Summary: William Cole makes consistently very drinkable wines in the $10-$20 range. Never a bad a idea [...]

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Estampa Gold 2009 Assemblage

Date: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $24 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Color: Purple Nose: Roses, red and black berries, asparagus, cabbage, and stewed prunes Taste: Dry with toasted ripe black berries. Lots of fruit in fact, nicely complemented by smooth tannins and rounded acidity. Summary: Balanced, elegant and lovely red blend that offers a complex nose, tasty palate and [...]

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Car Men Air 2010 Carmenere

Date: Wed, Jan 23, 2013 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $6 Rating: 1.5 out of 5 stars Color: Deep ruby Nose: Red and black berries Taste: Dry with blackberry and plum flavors. Summary: Trader Joe’s has done ok with lower end Chilean wines in the past. At this price point it can be hit or miss. This time, unfortunately, TJ’s misses. This wine is lacking [...]

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Ventisquero Queulat 2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 Wine Tasting

Price: $12 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Color: Pale yellow Nose: Peach, tropical fruit and a hint of white blossom flowers Taste: Dry, crisp with mineral zest. Notes of green apple and citrus fruit. Summary: Refreshing sauvignon blanc with fragrant nose and sharp acidity. Product of Chile’s Casablanca valley.

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Kuyen 2010

Date: Thu, Dec 27, 2012 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $40 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Color: Deep dark ruby Nose: Intense ripe blueberry fruit, with hints of vanilla and pepper Taste: Dry, blackberry compote, smooth tannins, lingers nicely Summary: Balanced, robust, and fruit filled. Kuyen is a red blend consisting of  57% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere and 2% Petit Verdot blend [...]

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Koyle 2010 Malbec

Date: Fri, Dec 21, 2012 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $17 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Color: Deep violet Nose: Sweet, ripe black fruit with blackberry and plum notes and a hint of sweet spices Taste: Dry, with lush round mouth fell. Tasty fruit with plum, and fig notes. Smooth and long on the finish. Summary: No, not all Malbec comes from Argentine. [...]

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Estampa Estate 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Wed, Dec 19, 2012 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $15 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars Color: Deep ruby Nose: Ripe black berries and vanilla Taste: Dry, black fruit and plums on the palate. Soft tannins. Summary: Easy drinker but not much more to write home about! 85% Cab Sauvignon and 15% Petit Verdot Product of Chile’s Colchagua Valley.

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Ricardo Santos 2012 Semillon

Date: Thu, Dec 13, 2012 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $16 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Color: Bright, pale yellow Nose: Pear and white blossom flowers Taste: Dry, with soft citrus flavors. Crisp acidity that lingers gently on the palate. Summary: This is not a Chilean wine, but let’s face it, Mendoza is just over the mountains and I don’t ever get straight [...]

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Carmen Gran Reserva 2010 Carmenere

Date: Fri, Dec 7, 2012 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $15 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Color: Deep ruby Nose: Fresh and bright nose with raspberries and blackberries Taste: Dry, ripe black fruit on the palate with hints of black pepper and soft tannins. Long finish. Summary: I had anticipated a richer more complex Carmenere, but alas…it was just ok. Product of Chile’s [...]

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Los Vascos Le Dix 2009

Date: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $60 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Color: Deep ruby Nose: Red and black berries with black pepper Taste: Dry. Smooth tannins. Lots of black fruit with sweet spice and stewed fruit. Long finish. Summary: A silky, thick with fruit red blend from Chile’s Colchagua valley. I would have liked to let this big red breath a bit [...]

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Calcu 2012 Sauvingon Blanc

Date: Wed, Nov 21, 2012 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $14 Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars Color: Pale yellow Nose: Tropical and grassy with citrus fruit Taste: Dry, with bright acidity. Citrus fruit with plenty of minerality. Summary: A crisp, tangy, and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. Bring out the seafood. Product of Chile’s Colchagua Valley.

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