Oct 15 2010

Chilean Comeback

Published by at 7:55 AM under Events,News and Trends,Red Wines

We’ve written a lot about Chilean wines in the past month (see the blog on September 15 and September 3) but as for the country itself, 2010 hasn’t been the best year: An 8.8 magnitude earthquake centered in the Maule Valley region killed more than 500 people and damaged several wineries; their soccer team lost in the second round of the World Cup to Brazil, 3-0; and most recently, 33 miners trapped in the San Jose mine since early August were finally rescued this week after more than two months underground.

The rescued miners are hopefully a shift toward better times in Chile, but no matter how many negatives Chileans have had to dodge in 2010, the quality, variety, and value of their wine remains high in any year. Stop by and check out our wide selection of Chilean wines—Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Carmenère, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and more—and raise a glass to the rescued miners, and better fortunes overall for Chile in 2011:

2009 Apaltagua, Pinot Noir Reserva, Curico, Chile [$9.19]

Apaltagua’s Pinot Noir has a brilliant ruby color and emphasizes aromas of cherries, raspberries, and soft notes of oak. It boasts smooth and elegant tannins and a sophisticated finish. The grapes come from Apaltagua’s own vineyard in Tricao in the Curico Valley.

2007 Odfjell Armador, Carmenere, Maule Valley, Chile [$11.59]

Ruby-red with cherry, dark berries and roasted coffee on the nose and a subtle tobacco note adding complexity. Gently sweet red and dark berry flavors show good concentration and are framed by dusty tannins. Becomes livelier with air and finishes with good tangy cut. This is a very nicely balanced wine that will work well with lighter red meat dishes.

2008 Cono Sur Vision, Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, Chile [$12.39]
The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc Vision has precision aromatics featuring mineral, citrus, and lemon-lime. Balanced, vibrant, and long, it is meant to be enjoyed over the next 12-18 months.

2007 Montes Alpha Merlot, Apalta, Colchagua Valley, Chile [$17.59]

On the palate, this blend of 85% Merlot, and 15% Carmenère has flavors of black cherry, black pepper, tobacco and sweet chocolate. A handsome, ruby-red color, this wine is highly intense, full-bodied and well balanced. The Carménère in the blend adds subtle spiciness to the wine. This Merlot is round and velvety mid-palate with soft and ripe tannins. Well integrated oak with added touches of vanilla followed by a long and smooth finish, Montes Alpha Merlot is very elegant.

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