Thursday, June 17, 2010

South American wines

Some quick notes from a tasting of South American wines from work:

Yellow + Blue Torrontes, Cafayete, Argentina - Expressive nose of cotton candy, sweet peach and white flowers. The palate is thick and viscous with cotton candy flavors and a dry, minerally finish. Incredible value at $12/liter (Tetrapack)

2007 Quintay Sauvignon Blanc, Casablanca Valley, Chile - Considerable bell pepper and tomato leaf on the nose. Beautiful mineral and rainwater on the palate. Will appeal to fans of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. $18.49

2008 Apaltagua Envero Carmenere, Colchagua Valley, Chile - Bell pepper and blackberry cobbler on the nose. Lean and slightly green (a characteristic of this grape) on the palate with good acidity, roasted coffee and exotic spice notes. $14.99

2007 Chono San Lorenzo Estate, Maipo Valley, Chile - 50% Carmenere with the remainder being a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Luscious blackberry and coffee aromas and flavors with long, sweet tannins. If you liked the 2005 version of this wine, you will love this richer vintage. $29.49

2008 Vina Cobos “Felino” Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina - The crowd’s favorite of the evening! Dense blueberry, coffee and spice with a hint of vanilla. Think: blueberry ice cream. Assertive alcohol level begs for grilled red meat. $21.49

2005 Monteviejo, Mendoza, Argentina - A blend of Malbec, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. If they made Australian Shiraz in Argentina, this is what it would taste like. Unapologetic blackberry liqueur and cake spice. Highly viscous with huge tannins. Drink now or cellar for a decade or more. $34.99

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