Chilean Shiraz

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the pr folks for Wines of Chile.

When I make a promise to drink more Chilean wines, I apparently deliver in a huge way.  Of course, it helps when you get sent a full case of Chilean red wines!  I chose the 2006 Ventisquero Queulat Shiraz this evening.  It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, and hails from the Maipo Valley.

My first impression of the wine is that it’s really young.  I found raspberries, brown sugar, chocolate, spice, red plum, cranberry, and pomegrante on the nose.  The fruit smelled fresh.  I liked the nose.  In the mouth, I found the wine to be tannic and young. I got flavors of black fruit, cranberry, and tea.  The fruit seemed tart and darker than what I found on the nose.  The wine was sweet and the mouth didn’t deliver what the nose promised.

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2 Responses

  1. Nice work scoring wine from Wines of Chile.

    Wines of Chile just did their yearly competition: http://www.winesofchile.org/content/1289 (The award results are kind of ghetto, you have to click on the award icon on the right and then download the Excel spreadsheet…)

    I went out to dinner in Chile and had a som recommend the Odfjell Orzada Malbec (after I requested a Viu Manent Malbec–the winery is generally known for making Chile’s best malbec). I can’t remember if I had the 2005 or 2006 at dinner, but it was quacktastic! I just ordered a case of the 2005, but it looks like I have to order a case of 2006 too…

  2. Hey! Yeah, it was a nice surprise, I got sent a case. I can’t open that on my computer, sadly enough.

    Looks like you guys had a great time on your trip!

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