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2007 Casas del Bosque Gran Estate Selection Private Reserve

Appellation: Casablanca Valley, Chile

About the Wine: The berries are picked individually, then ferment in 15 days in stainless steel.  The wine is aged for 22 months in 100% new French oak.   The wine is further aged in the bottle for 6 months.

Tasting Notes: Had this as part of the Wines of Chile blogger tasting.  61% Syrah, 26% Merlot, 13% Pinot Noir.  14.4% ABV.  Very pretty dark violet.  Nose is blueberry pie (!), with some floral notes.  This is a big boy.  Black cherry and blueberry, with leather and some chocolate on the palate.  A little astringent from the tannins, nice long dry finish.  Outstanding.  It’s one of those wines you can tell right off the bat is too young, but is superbly made.

Rating: 4/5

Price: $50 Suggested retail.

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2007 Emiliana Coyam

Appellation: Colchagua Valley

About the Wine: The vines are planted in alluvial soil that is also loamy.  The winery is 100% organic and biodynamic.

Tasting Notes: Had this as part of the Wines of Chile blogger tasting.  38% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 17% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Mourvedre.  15% ABV.  Inky color, very dark.  Nose is dark fruit, oak, toffee, pine cone.  Dark fruit on the palate.  What stands out is the body and mouthfeel.  This is wonderful.  Well made. tannins are a little harsh, I think this would be much better with some age or a long decant. I think in 5 years (or two hours in the air) this is a 5/5.  Another great value.

Rating: 4/5

Price: $29 Suggested retail

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2008 Hacienda Araucano Clos de Lolol

Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Chile

About the Wine: The vines here of Carmenere and Cabernet are among the last vines not to have known Phylloxera.  The soil is clay and limestone.

Tasting Notes: Had this during the Wines of Chile blogger tasting.  31% Syrah, 29% Cabernet Franc, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Carmenere.  14.2% ABV.  Very dark purple color.  Nose is blackberry and dark cherry, with tobacco and some spice.  Dark fruit attack, with some chocolate, wonderful body and mouthfeel, sweet tannins, nice finish.  Probably my favorite wine of the night thus far.  The Syrah comes through; this is a big boy steak wine.  Incredible value.

Rating: 5/5

Price: $26 Suggested retail.

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2006 Viña Maquis Lien

Appellation: Colchagua Valley

About the Wine: Maquis is located between two rivers, creating a unique climate and soil.  All of the fruit comes from Estate vinyards, and is aged in French oak.

Tasting Notes: Had this as part of the Wines of Chile blogger tasting.  42% Syrah, 30% Carmenere, 12% Cabernet Franc, 9% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec.  14.5% ABV.  Dark red/violet color.  Nose is dark fruit, some spice, black olive (neat).  Dark fruit, very fresh and bright, which isn’t what I expected.  Some meatiness, good body.  Nice structure.  I think the finish is a little unbalanced and disjointed.  Very good value, though.

Rating: 3/5

Price: $19 suggested retail.

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2008 Montes Limited Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere

Appellation: Colchagua Valley

About the Wine: This wine is from Montes’ La Finca Estate in the Apalta Valley.  The wine was aged in American oak for 6 months.

Tasting Notes: Had this during the Wines of Chile blogger tasting.  70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenere.  14% ABV.  Pretty ruby/violet color.  Vanilla, oak, dark cherry, and butterscotch (!) on the nose.  This is very interesting, full body, complex with dark fruit, vanilla, and the butterscotch is on the palate as well.  Dry, structured tannins. This may not be for everyone, but I really like this. It’s also a screaming value.  I’m looking for a case of this.

Rating: 4/5

Price: $15 Suggested retail

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2008 Estampa Gold Assemblage

Appellation: Colchagua Valley, Chile

About the Wine: This wine is primarily produced from one estate from fairly young vines.  The wine is aged in American and French oak.

Tasting Notes: This was part of the Wines of Chile blogger tasting.  57% Carmenere, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot.  14.7% ABV.  Color is red/violet.  Nose is red fruit, smoke, and tobacco. This smells great!  Palate is dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, very complex, dry, smoke, wonderful balance, elegant.  I really, really like this wine.  Great value!

Rating: 4/5

Price: $22 Suggested Retail

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2006 De Martino “Las Cruces”

Appellation: Cachapoal Valley, Chile

About the Wine: The grapes are all picked from a single vinyard.  The grapes are hand picked, fermented in stainless steel, and aged in French oak for 14 months.

Tasting Notes: Tasted during the Wines of Chile blogger tasting.  66% Malbec, 34% Carmenere.  14.7% ABV.  Violet color.  Nose is floral, red fruit, some spice.  Attack is red fruit, spice, complex.  Nice transition through mid palate, then finish is really bright fruit then dry tannin.  Medium finish, medium body.  A little disjointed on finish. also a little heat on the back end.  It probably needed to be decanted, or left alone for another couple of years.  (I tasted it later in the evening, and after having been open for a few hours, it had come together and was better.)

Rating: 3/5

Price: $45 Suggested Retail.

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