Refined and Delicious

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

Clearly I can’t get enough of the Chilean red wines 😉 I feel like I’ve consumed gallons of red Chilean wines recently, but apparently it just seems that way since I still have 5 more bottles left out of the case in my basement! I think we can consider my wine goal of getting to know Chilean wines in 2009 a complete and total success!  I even went to see the wines from the Embassy of Chile at the DC International Wine and Food festival last weekend.  I chose the 2006 Santa Carolina VSC for the evening.  The wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.  It clocked in at 14.5% alcohol by volume, had a real cork closure, and hails from the Colchagua Valley.

On the nose I found currants, bittersweet chocolate, milk chocolate, plums, and blackberries.  The nose smelled fresh and juicy, and even though Syrah was no where near the wine, it almost smelled like Syrah to me.  The followed through on the nose showing blackberry juice, plum, spice, chocolate, currants, and pepper. I found the mouth to be really juicy, and my impression of the nose smelling like Syrah followed though to the mouth: it tasted kind of like old world Syrah.  Refined and juicy and not at all overpowering, the wine displayed nice acidity with slight tannins on the back palate.  A very nice wine.

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for your informative posts – I learn so much. Right now I am enamoured with the Malbecs from Argentina – delicioius.

  2. Thanks for stopping by Marlene!

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