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Vina Chocalan 2008 Carmenere

Date: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $11 Color: Deep cherry red Nose: Strawberries and tobacco on the nose.  Very aromatic. Taste: Medium bodied with mellow tannins.  Little bit of spice and  smoke on the palate. Summary: I’ve had Carmenere wines where the taste was hard to distinguish from a Merlot.  Not here, the Carmenere fruit is distinct in presence. [...]

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Gato Negro 2009 Cabernet-Merlot

Date: Thu, Jul 29, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $4 Color: Dark cherry red Nose: Blackberries Taste: Smooth and round with good fruit flavor.  Nicely jammy. Summary: Feels like this week has been my recession wine tasting week.  Two wines in the $5 class.  The Xplorador and now the Gato Negro blend.  But with Chilean wines, you can’t let the price fool [...]

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Concha y Toro Xplorador 2007 Malbec

Date: Mon, Jul 26, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $6 Color: Deep burgundy red Nose: Cherries and plums Taste: Medium bodied with nice notes of brandied cherries. Summary: Given the price and the fact that I had a bad experience with a recent Xplorador Cabernet, I wasn’t expecting much out of this wine.  I was pleasantly surprised with this Malbec from Concha y [...]

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Puerto Viejo 2009 Chardonnay

Date: Sat, Jul 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $7 Color: Very pale yellow Nose: Pineapple and melon Taste: Very soft on the palate and round.  Gentle fruit flavor.  Good acidity. Summary: I was taken aback by the softness of this wine.  Its long on the finish and very smooth, missing some of that citric acidity that often accompanies some chardonnays.  I [...]

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Vina Anakena Ona 2008 Pinot Noir

Date: Thu, Jul 15, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $19 Color: Dark cherry red Nose: Mature berries, cherries, and black pepper Taste: Very round and silky, buttery even.  Nice intensity and refreshing palate. Summary: Produced in Chile’s Casablanca valley, this Pinot Noir is high in alcohol content, 13.9%.  That’s not really a bad thing, and in this wine, I hardly noticed it. [...]

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Tabali Reserva Especial 2008 Syrah

Date: Tue, Jul 13, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $17 Color: Deep red Nose: Plum, licorice, mint Taste: Real nice fruit.  Juicy.  Silky and smoky.  A finish that is notably enduring. Summary: This Syrah is produced in Chile’s Limari valley, one of the two most northern and desert-like valleys in Chile.   It is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. [...]

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Montgras Reserva 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Sat, Jul 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $9 Color: Pale yellow -green hue Nose: Grapefruit and grassy – herbal Taste: Round in mouth.  Acidic component is strong.  Tangy. Summary: One note wonder unfortunately here.  Aside from tangy, I didn’t really get much more out of this wine.  No minerality, not much fruit, no complexity at all.  Its not bad, its [...]

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Santa Carolina Barrica Selection Gran Reserva 2008 Petit Verdot

Date: Wed, Jul 7, 2010 Wine Tasting

READER SUBMITTED REVIEW SUBMITTED BY: Ernesto Abarca (submitted in Spanish – translated by Chilean-Wine.com) I really like this wine alot.  I buy a bottle of it at least once a month.  I usually find it for $4.000 pesos (around $8.00 USD). Its a beautiful dark red, almost purple.  It has strong aroma of plums and [...]

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PKNT 2009 Chardonnay

Date: Wed, Jun 30, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $6 Color: Pale yellow Nose: Melon, pineapple and tropical fruit, nice bouquet Taste: Buttery vanilla, full bodied with a chameleonesque acidity Summary: Another warm day in Los Angeles is forcing me to reach in the fridge for a cold Chilean white.  On tap today was PKNT’s 2009 Chardonnay.  What’s this?  Do I taste [...]

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Wineries near Santiago Chile

Date: Mon, Jun 28, 2010 Wine Tasting

What are the closest vineyards to Santiago Chile?  I’ve gotten this question a couple of times, so here is the answer. If you have an extra day or even a few extra hours while you are in Santiago you owe it to yourself to visit one or two of the wineries near Santiago.  The following wineries are [...]

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Kaara 2009 Chardonnay-Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Wed, Jun 23, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $10 Color: Very pale yellow -almost colorless Nose: Apricots, peaches and strawberries Taste: Lots of fruit.  Like a white sangria character, without all the sweetness.  Feels full in mouth.  Tangy and crisp.  Real nice acidity. Summary: Today was about 88 degrees Farenheit in my part of Los Angeles, and I thought to myself…I [...]

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Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Mon, Jun 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $19 Color: Deep red-violet Nose: Berries, black cherries, oak, and vanilla Taste: Full bodied.  Dry with good tannin structure.  Notes of tobacco.  Lots of wood.  Good dark fruit taste. Summary: I’m going out on a limb here, but I think that the Marques de Casa Concha is a tad overpriced.  It can usually be found for between $18-$22 [...]

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Chilean Pan Amasado

Date: Thu, Jun 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

Every Chilean has their unique spin on pan amasado (kneaded bread).  But my mother’s is the best of course.  So I’m giving you her recipe.  Chileans eat a lot of bread and once you taste this bread, you’ll understand why.  Chilean bread and Chilean wine, its like Spielberg and Williams, Leone and Morricone. The trick to [...]

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Carta Vieja Limited Release 2008 Carmenere

Date: Wed, Jun 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $7 Color: Deep red-purplish Nose: Berries, cedar and a bit of cinnamon Taste: Full bodied with firm tannins.  Hints of chocolate, tobbaco and some spice.  Tasty Summary: I liked this.  It didn’t have a very long finish, but given the taste to balance to price ratio, its pretty decent.  This wine hails from Chile’s Maule region.

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