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.

La Rinconada Single Vineyard Carmenere 2011 by Cono Sur

IMG_0961 Grape Variety: 100% Carmenere

Very good dry red wine with red and black cherries and black berries over mocha and baking spices. The medium tannins are ripe and rounded balancing the medium minus acidity. The wine has medium plus fruit intensity leading to a medium plus sweet finish. Drink now and for 5-6 years.

http://www.conosur.com/our-wines/single-vineyard/carmenere/

Sparkling Brut 2013 by Cono Sur

IMG_0959 Grape Variety: Chardonnay 92%, Pinot Noir 8%

Very good dry sparkling wine with granny smith apples and sweet citrus over honeysuckle. The mousse is soft and fine textured. The wine has medium acidity and medium fruit intensity giving great structure. The wine is drinking now and will for 3-4 years.

http://www.conosur.com/our-wines/sparkling/chardonnay-riesling-pinot-noir-2007/

La Palma Single Vineyard Syrah 2012 by Cono Sur

IMG_0960 Grape Variety: 100% Syrah

Very good minus dry red wine with black cherry and raspberries over cafe mocha, fresh ground white pepper and a floral note. The medium tannins are grippy and bring structure with the medium acidity. The wine has good balance and a medium plus slightly sweet finish. Drink now and for 5-6 years.

http://www.conosur.com/wp3/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/SINGLE-VINEYARD-SYRAH-2012-ENG.pdf

Block 21 Viento Mar Pinot Noir 2011 by Cono Sur

IMG_0744 Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Good plus wine with red cherry and tart strawberries over baker’s spice and a dusty herbal note. The medium tannins are ripe and smooth and give good structure with the medium acidity. The fruit has medium plus intensity. The finish is medium and sweet. Drink now and for 3-4 years.

http://www.conosur.com/wp3/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/SINGLE-VINEYARD-PINOT-NOIR-2011-ENG.pdf

Vision Pinot Noir 2010 by Cono Sur

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Good plus wine with ripe black cherries and strawberries over baker spice and dried herbs. The medium minus acidity and medium soft ripe tannins give good balance and medium length. The wine has good complexity and fruit intensity. Drink now.

http://www.conosur.com/en/our-wines/vision/pinot-noir/

20 Barrels Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 by Cono Sur

Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon 88%. Syrah 8%, Carmenere 4%

Very Good wine with medium plus fruit intensity and concentration. The mix of dark berries and plums sits over a touch of baking spice and a tobacco note. The wine has very good complexity and will improve for a year or two. The tannins are medium plus and the acidity is medium making for a structured wine. Drink now and for the next 8-10 years.

http://www.conosur.com/wp2/wp-content/uploads/file/fichas-tecnicas/20-barrels/20_barrels_cabernet_sauvignon_2008_eng.pdf

OCIO 2009 by Cono Sur

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Outstanding minus wine with excellent concentration of black cherry, ripe strawberries and raspberries with baking spices and sweet herbs. The fruit has high levels of intensity and the silky medium tannins match the medium acidity bring structure and balance. The finish is medium plus and sweet. Drink now and for the next 8-9 years as it will improve for several years.

http://www.conosur.com/en/our-wines/ocio/

20 Barrels Pinot Noir 2009 by Cono Sur

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Very good plus wine with rich ripe black and red cherries and strawberries with baking spice and a toasty note. The medium tannins are very round and soft. The acidity and tannins make a very structured wine with great fruit concentration. The finish is medium plus. Drink now and over the next 5-7 years.

http://www.conosur.com/en/our-wines/20-barrels-limited-edition/pinot-noir/

Organic Pinot Noir 2010 by Cono Sur

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Good minus wine with bright ripe red berries and oaky note. The acidity is medium and the medium tannins are a little grippy making for a structured wine. The fruit has medium minus intensity and the finish is quite short. Drink now.

http://www.conosur.com/wp2/wp-content/uploads/file/fichas-tecnicas/organico/cono_sur_organic_pinot_noir_2010_english.pdf