Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Chilean Archives

As I look to make more and more notes available online - here is the latest in a series of notes taken from my early days of wine appreciation.

Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc 2002 (22/5/05)
Picked up in a bargain bin, straw coloured with aromas of apricots and just the very slightest hint of gooseberry. Rich and relatively full bodied with grapefruit and lime flavours, I found this to be a little on the sharp side and a little too sour suggesting the grapes never quite made it to full ripeness. (72)

Trio Red 2002 Concha Y Toro (30/11/04)
Made from 3 grape varieties and then blended by Ignacia Recabarren. This is the Merlot, Cabernet, Carmenere version with a raspberry and toasted vanilla nose and a hint of spice but which delivers both red and black fruit on the palate. A big, full bodied wine with plenty of structure though perhaps lacking a little in elegance. (80)

Montgras Merlot Reserva 2002 (5/12/04)
Well this is what started it all for me, the first time I tried a Chilean wine was a bottle of this very wine and it was the first time I realised there was more to life than cheap Aussie plonk! (that was affordable!) Ruby coloured with sweet raspberry aromas and a touch of vanilla with a plummy taste and a smooth mouth feel it's not the finest wine in the world ever - but what do you want for £3! Really decent value at that price!(80)

Louis Felipe Edwards Cabernet Sauvignon 2003 (3/9/2004)
Very disappointing - not a lot to write home about here and certainly I'd be less likely to buy anything from him again - hard to put finger on what exactly went wrong - but I think that too much oak has been used against too little fruit character leading to something that verges on the unpalatable. Spicy with rough tannins. (74)

Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2002 (6/9/04)
Much more decent this - aromas of blackberry, oak and spice with lovely chocolate, coffee, oak and plum flavours leading to a long smooth finish. Full bodied. (82)

Valdevieso Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2000 (19/11/04)
Deep ruby coloured with a slight tawny rim and a bouquet of vanilla, blackcurrant and just a hint of cloves and all spice. Rich and creamy on the palate with soft red berry fruit - my only question is - why is this the reserve - as is often the case I preferred the non reserve with a little less alcohol and a slightly more reserved character! (81)

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