2019 Koyle Carménère Gran Reserva, Chile, Alto Colchagua, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

This is 85%Carménère, 10% Tempranillo, and 5% Petit Verdot.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has cherries raspberries, cranberries along side green peppers and a slight rosemary note.  Also some spice.  Medium tannins.  Complex.  Tight layers unwind in the glass.  On the palate, cherries, cranberries intertwined with black raspberries and char.  Long finish.  Delicious.  This should drink well for another eight to twelve years.  This will work well with roasted fowl.  The label says duck or also ratatouille, and that seems like a good suggestion.  

2018 Emiliana Coyam, Chile, Colchagua Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$35.00USD

This is a blend of 42% Syrah, 39% Carmenere, 6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Garnacha, 3% Malbec, 1% Tempranillo, and 1% Mourvedre.  Purple in color, ruby at the rim, opaque and bright.  The nose has boysenberries, black pepper, black cherries and spice.  Very smooth yet varietally complex on the palate.  Light tannins.  Notes of boysenberries and black cherries with underlying char.  Long finish.  This is quite tasty.  Drink over the next ten to twelve years.  Nice on its own, this is even better with food.  Steak, chops or ribs off the grill is a nice choice.  

2019 Viu Manent Malbec Secreto, Chile, Colchagua Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$15.00USD

Usually I think of Argentina for Malbecs, but this one is from Chile.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has plums, raspberries, char and spice.  Great silky but lush texture.  On the palate, more cherries than black raspberries, black cherries and plums with underlying car.  Slight bitter cherries (in a good way on the finish).  This is drinking great now and should last for another ten to twelve years.  Drink on its own or with food, pork chops would be a nice match. Excellent value.  

2019 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Serie Riberas Gran Reserva Ribera del Tinguiririca, Chile, Marchigue, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2019
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

This is Cabernet Sauvignon 94.5%, Carmenere 3%, and Syrah 2.5%.  Purple at the core with ruby color at the outside, mostly clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries, cassis and slight pencil lead and cedar.  Full bodied.  On the palate, black cherries, cassis and char.  Slightly complex.  Nice balance.  Long finish.  This should improve a bit over the next year or two and drink well for seven to ten more after that.  A truly excellent value in Cabernet.  Delicious on its own, this will work well with roasted vegetables, meats or fowl.

 

 

NV Viña Tarapacá Gran Reserva Red Blend, Chile, Maipo Valley, Wine Review

Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$20.00USD

It is not clear if this is a vintage wine.  The back label states "Assemblage 2018".  It is a blend of 31% Cabernet Franc, 26% Syrah, 22% Carmenere, 11% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon.  Made from organic grapes.  Garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose has black cherries with an interesting minty streak.  Also some black pepper and a slight floral not with a bit of air.  On the palate, medium tannins.  Notes of black cherries and black raspberries.  Some peppery notes.  Nice finish.  This improved with about an hour of air.  Somewhat complex and very interesting.  This should drink

2018 Viña Maquis Cabernet Franc Gran Reserva, Chile, Cochagua Valley, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2018
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$24.00USD

This is 90% Cabernet Franc, 7% Carménère, and 3% Petit Verdot from Chile.  Garnet in color, clear and bright.  The nose is dusty with tobacco and black cherries.  Medium to full bodied.  Firm tannins.  On the palate, black cherries, and roasted Rosemary notes.  A bit of cherry candy on the finish.  Overall a more elegant Cab Franc that is drinking well now and should continue for the next decade.  This will work well with lamb stew or other slowly braised meat dishes.  

2017 Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Cabernet Sauvignon Los Vascos Grande Réserve, Chile, Colchagua, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2017
Score: 
88
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$17.00USD

Just a bit behind the 2016 version but very similar.  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose has black cherries, rosemary and slight spice.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there has a soft texture.  Light tannins.  Black cherry fruit.  This is drinking well and should continue for another five to seven years.  A nice wine on its own and would work well with most roasted chicken or duck.  

2011 Montes Alpha M, Chile, Colchagua, DO Santa Cruz, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2011
Score: 
91
Grade: 
A-
Current Price: 
$76.00USD

This is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon 80%, Cabernet Franc 10%, Merlot 5%, and Petit Verdot (5%).  In Chile this qualifies as a Cabernet but in the EU it does not for example (must be 85%).  Purple/ruby in color.  The nose has black cherries, black raspberries, spice and smoke.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, this is ripe with good black cherry fruit.  Light tannins.  Nice acidity.  Seems to be close to peak.  Nice finish.  Drink over the next seven to ten years.  Drinks well on its own, this would work well with chili con carne.  

2016 Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) Carménère Los Vascos Grande Réserve

Vintage: 
2016
Score: 
89
Grade: 
B+
Current Price: 
$18.00USD

As good a value as the regular wine is, the Grande Reserve isn't much more expensive for a step or two more in quality.  This took about thirty minutes to open up.  Purple/ruby in color, mostly opaque and bright.  The nose has black cherries, rosemary and slight spice.  Medium bodied.  On the palate, there is some depth here.  Light tannins.  Nice black cherry fruit.  Good finish.  This is drinking well and should continue for another five to seven years.  A nice wine on its own and would work well with most meat, fowl or pork dishes.  

2007 Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Don Melchor, Chile, Puente Alto, Wine Review

Vintage: 
2007
Score: 
92
Grade: 
A-

Nice to try this with about 14 years of age behind it.  This is still youthful.  Purple in color, opaque and bright.  The nose has cassis, spice, cigar box, and slight rosemary.  Full bodied.  On the palate, cassis, slight black cherries over tobacco.  Delicious.  Light tannins.  Long finish.  This is drinking well but should easily go another twelve to fifteen years.  Drinks well on its own but will work better with food.  A steak or other grilled meats would work well.  

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