Friday, March 31, 2017

Wine Tasting in Chile

We went to Chile with Wine Knows Travel to taste the food and wine of Chile. These are the wineries we visited, the wines we tasted, and how I rated them during our tasting. I used a sophisticated rating of 0-5, with 0 being "NO THANKS!" and 5 being YES PLEASE!"

Santa Carolina Winery
• Carmenere, Family Reserve, 2010; rating 0
• Carmenere, Premium Reserve, 2010; rating 0

De Martino Winery
• Cinsault Rose 2016 - aged in metal (we liked this one - very light); rating 4
• Viejas CINSUIT (Sanso) 201616 - aged in amphora terra-cotta  pottery; rating 3
• Muscat 2015 - aged in amphora terra cotta potter (this was dry and NOT sweet. It was an unusual surprise. Very full bouquet); rating 4
• Sauvignon Blanc 2016 (we all liked this one); rating 4
• Chardonnay Grand Reserve 2016 from Limry Valley - aged in oak (I liked this one); rating 3-4
• Carmenere 2014 - aged in the large Austrian containers. More gentle than a Merlot (I liked this one)
• Malbec Camenere 2014 (My traveling partner liked this one) Rating 4

Los Maquis Winery 
• Rose 2016 ; this is currently not available in the USA; I rated this 3+; about $20/bottle
• Carmenera Franc blend from 2014; I rated this 1-2 but my traveling partner rated this 3-4; about $20/bottle
• Maquis Lien Blend (2/3 Bordeaus; Syrah blend) 2011, I rated this as 3;
• Maquis Viola Carmenere 2011; Blend of Carmenere + Carn Franc; I rated this as 4; This is about $46/bottle
• Maquis Franc; I rated this as 5 - very smooth; $75/bottle

Montes Winery
Montes Winery
• Sauvignon Blanc 2015 - I rated this 4+
• Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2014 - I rated this 3+
• Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - I rate this 3
• Syrah 2014 - I rated this as 2+
• Purple Angel 2013 - I rated this as 4+; cost is about $60-70/bottle
and is even available at Bevmo and Total Wine

Koyle Winery
Gran Reserve
• Sauvignon Blanc 2015 – made in large concrete shaped eggs; score 0
• Cinsault Don Cande 2015 Itata Valle; score 0
• Rose Don Cande 2015, tastes like white Zin; score 1
Premium Wines
• Syrah Royale 2014; Score 0
• Cabernet Sauvignon Royale 2013; score 0
Iconic Wine
• Auma 2011 (cabernet Suvignon 37%, Carmenere 25%, Malbec 18%, Syrah 13%, Petit Verdot 7%); score 2

Altair Winery - This was my favorite in Chile
• Tiera Morades Carmenere 2011, Purple earth – We rated this 4+
• Kanakana del Elqui 2013 Syrah; I rated this 4
• Sideral 2015 blend; - I rated this as 5
• Cabo de Hornos 2014 Cab; I rated this as 5
• Altair 2013 blend of cab, cab franc; we loved this one, rated 5


La Postalle Winery
• Lapostolle Sauvignon Blanc 2015, like tropical hot weather; $16/bottle; I rated this as 2
• Merlot 2013; I rated this as 2
• Clos Voda Aphalta 2012 (carmenere, merlot, and cab) I rated this as 3

Since returning to the states, I've discovered it is difficult to find places that sell wines from Chile, but perhaps that will change because some of these wines are VERY VERY good!

Remember, wine tasting is a personal experience and what you like may not match with what I like, and that is OK. It is a very subjective process and experience.

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