Wines of Chile Vertical Tasting Vancouver 2014

These wines where supplied by the wineries through Wines of Chile for a group of wine professionals in Vancouver Canada, Sept 25th 2014. The theme of the event was verticals of several age worthy red Chilean wines. The wines were all age worthy, several were not showing vintages with many years spread between them. The Koyle Family Vineyard wines were the 1st and 2nd vintage of its new Icon wine Auma, while the Coyam by Vinedos Emiliana were a 2001 and a 2010 showing a broad spread in years. Another point is vintage variation, Chile has very consistent weather year to year but weather can be a factor, it was good the have a winemaker/viticulturist like Sr. Undurraga on hand to speak to this point.

The overall impression of this reviewer is premium Chilean red wines can easily age for 8-12 years and hold their fruit longer and than comparably priced wines from Bordeaux or Napa.

The tasting was lead by Rhys Pender MW and Cristobal Undurraga from Koyle who did a great job of leading us through the wines and answering our sometimes complex questions.

I would like to thank Wines of Chile for this enlightening experience.

http://www.winesofchile.org

IMG_1136 Ocio Pinot Noir by Cono Sur

2009, Black and bright red cherry with raspberries over baking spice, medium plus acidity and medium minus soft tannins. Not showing much age will hold for another 9-12 years.

2012, Black fruit over forest floor and touch of sweet fresh herbs, medium minus acidity and silky medium minus tannins. Will evolve to more earthiness and drink for 6-7 years but not live as long as the 2009.

IMG_1138 Coyam by Vinedos Emiliana

2001, black fruit and strong floral notes over touch of bright red current, medium minus acidity and medium minus mature rounded tannins, long sweet finish, will continue aging well for 3-4 years and drink well for 10.

2010, bright red fruit and baking spice with the same floral notes of the 2001, the medium plus acidity and medium plus tannins gives the wine great structure to age for 10-12 years. The wine should age well and longer than the 2001.

IMG_1141 Auma by Koyle Family Vineyards

2009, sweet red and black fruit over floral notes and sweet garden herbs, the wine has a strong mineral note, the medium ripe tannins and medium acidity lead to a long finish, the wine has very good structure and will age for 8-10 years. This wine is lead by the Malbec bringing soft black fruit.

2010, ripe black and red fruit with pepper, mineral notes and forest notes, medium plus acidity and medium plus grippy tannins lead to a medium plus finish, will age well for 12-14 years. This wine is lead by Cabernet Sauvignon which brings more structure.

IMG_1140 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

2006, ripe red current and back raspberries over nice cigar box notes, the acidity and tannins are both medium minus and well balanced, very clean structured wine with medium plus fruit intensity and another 5-6 years to enjoy it.

2011, Bright red fruit with brooding black current over baking spices, tobacco and a mineral note. The ripe medium plus tannins and medium acidity bring balance and the structure to age for 10+ years.

IMG_1139 Don Maximiano by Vina Errazuris

2009, big black current and ripe black raspberries over complex baking spice and dried herbs, medium plus ripe tannins and medium acidity lead to a long rich finish. The wine finishes very clean with notes of minerals and oak. The wine has 8-9 more years of enjoyment.

2011, pure black fruit with floral and sweet garden herbs, the medium acidity and medium round tannins lead to clean long finish. The wine shows its oak on the palate more than the nose and will drink for 10-12 years.

Reserva Terroir Carménère 2011 by TerraNoble

IMG_0921 Grape Variety: 95% Carménère, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Very good minus dry red wine with mixed red and ripe black fruit over sweet figs and mocha. The medium minus tannins are ripe and round balancing the medium acidity giving a medium plus finish. The wine has good complexity. Drink now and for 4-5 years.

http://www.terranoble.cl/ingles/

Vitral Carménère 2012 by Viña Maipo

IMG_1079 Grape Variety: 100% Carménère

Very good minus dry red wine with black fruit and ripe black currents over a mixture of baker’s spice and dried herbs. The medium tannins are ripe bringing good structure with the medium acidity. The fruit has medium concentration. The wine has good complexity and will age well for 5-6 years.

http://www.vinamaipo.com/en/vinos/vitral/carmenere/

Tributo Carménère 2011 by Caliterra Winery

IMG_1083 Grape Variety: Carmenere 91% Syrah 3% Cabernet Franc 6%

Very good dry red wine with black fruit over a touch of bright cherry with dried herbs and baking spice notes. The medium tannins are rounded and mature. The medium plus acidity brings balance to the medium plus fruit concentration. The finish is medium plus and herbal. Drink now and for 6-7 years.

http://www.caliterra.com/our-wines/tributo/carmenere/

Reserva Carménère 2011 by Viña Canepa

IMG_0912 Grape Variety: 100% Carménère

Good plus dry red wine with mixed red and black fruit over baker’s spice and chocolate notes. The medium minus tannins are ripe and round and balance the medium acidity. The fruit has medium intensity and gives a rather short finish. Drink now and for 3-4 years.

http://www.canepawines.cl/wines#/reserva-privada

Adobe Reserva Carménère 2010 by Emiliana

IMG_1049 Grape Variety: 85% Carménère, 15% Syrah

Good plus dry red wine with ripe cherries and white pepper over bakers’ spice. The medium tannins are ripe and sweet leading to a medium length. The wine has good complexity and medium plus fruit concentration. Drink now and for next 3-4 years.

http://www.emiliana.cl/our-wines/organics/adobe/carmenere/

Casillero del Diablo Carmenere 2012 by Concha y Toro

IMG_1032 Grape Variety: 100% Carmenere

Good plus dry red wine with black plums and black cherries over baking spice and a sweet note of chocolate. The fruit has medium intensity and gives medium body to the wine. The medium tannins are grippy and add to the medium length. Drink now and for 4-5 years.

http://www.casillerodeldiablo.com

Carmenere Reserva 2010 by Viña Santa Rita

IMG_0929 Grape Variety: 100% Carmenere

Very Good minus dry red wine with black cherry and raspberries over baker’s chocolate and sweet spices. The medium minus tannins are ripe and lead to a medium plus finish. The wine has medium fruit intensity and good complexity. Drink now and for 4-5 years.

http://www.santarita.com/international/our-wines/reserva/carmenere-3/

MontGras Reserva Carmenère 2010 by Viña MontGras

IMG_0926 Grape Variety: 85% Carmenère 15% Cabernet Sauvignon

Very good minus dry red wine with black raspberries and cherries over mixed baker’s spice and noted white pepper. The medium tannins are grippy and with the medium minus acidity give a medium length. The fruit has good intensity and the wine shows complexity. Drink now and for 4-5 years.

http://www.montgras.cl/english/vinos_res.htm

Pehuén 2007 by Vina Santa Rita

IMG_0954 Grape Variety: 95% Apalta Valley Carménère and 5% Maipo Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding minus dry red wine with ripe black berries and plums over a complex of vanilla and other baking spices with a earthy floral note. The fruit concentration and intensity are both high and the finish is long and sweet. The medium plus ripe tannins bring structure with the medium plus acidity. The wine has very good complexity. Drink now and for 6-7 years.

http://www.santarita.com/international/our-wines/pehuen/carmenere/