Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Southern Love

When Chile's Concha y Toro purchased vineyards in neighboring Argentina, they named their new venture Trivento, or Three Winds. The Polar (winter), Zonda (spring), and Sudestada (summer) provide ideal conditions for grape growing. Trivento takes those grapes and vinifies several lines of wines, including Amado Sur, or Southern Love, which are odes to the art of blending varietals.

Southern Love
Tasting Notes:
Hand picked Malbec 79%, Bonarda 11%, and Syrah 10%; fermented in stainless steel tanks; aged 8 months in French oak barrels, 6 months in stainless steel tanks after the assemblage, then bottle aged for 5 months; lovely dark fruit, and red berry aromas; dark fruit, tar, and a hint of red licorice flavors; nice balance, and pleasant mouthfeel into a slightly tart and tannic finish; cork closure; SRP $15.
*This wine provided for editorial purposes - all opinions are my own.

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Friday, January 6, 2017

Brothers in Wine

Brothers in Wine


From Michel Chapoutier comes a collaborative wine, produced with Jasper Hill owner-vintner Ron Laughton of Victoria, Australia. This wine comes from a small, old-vine vineyard planted above the Agly Valley. Biodynamic winegrowing is enhanced with organic composts (they are Ecocert-certified). About a third each of Carignan, Syrah, and Grenache are hand-picked and fermented in small cement vats. Aging in 1-3 year old French oak barrels lasts for up to 20 months. I found the 2010 to have minimal aroma, but in the mouth there were lots of dark fruit, green herbs, and an earthy midpalate into a slightly acidic finish. Love the round, almost viscous mouthfeel when first opened - according to the producers, this wine is ready to drink upon release after having been aged in bottles for at least a year.

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Thursday, December 29, 2016

Rubio and Blanca

While I have nothing against wine being treated seriously, at the end of the day it can and should be a source of joy and at times, amusement. Enter Rubio and Blanco. Made by Renzo Masi (a family run company that has been making wine for three generations), whose mission is to produce wines with an excellent quality/price relationship. With Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana and La Bastarda Pinot Grigio Terre di Siciliana both retailing for about $8, they seem to be backing up their aims.

Rubio and Blanca

Tasting Notes:
Il Bastardo Sangiovese di Toscana 2015: label inspired by sculptor Fernando Botero; 100% Sangiovese macerated on the skins in stainless steel for 10 days; cherry, blackberry and cranberry aromas, with the same showing as tastes on the palate; lighter mouthfeel with nice acidity leading into a slightly tannic finish; screw cap closure.
La Bastarda Pinot Grigio Terre di Siciliana 2015: fermented at cool temps in stainless steel; orchard fruit, honeysuckle, and citrus aromas; starfruit, subtle citrus and peach flavors; underlying saline and mineral aspects lead into a nice crisp, acidic finish; screw cap closure.
These are nice, well-priced wines that would work well as daily drinkers or at a party. While their lighter weight suggests them to be summer drinkers, the quality carries them through any time of the year.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Casillero del Diablo Reserva Wines

Casillero del Diablo Reserva Wines

Casillero del Diablo has one of our favorite go-to wines. The wines got their name when Don Melchor de Concha y Toro wanted to scare off those who might try to steal his wines - he started a rumor that a devil protected his cellar and a legend was born. The Reserva line is their collection of Premium wines, spanning 12 varieties made with grapes selected from Chile's best wine valleys.

Tasting Notes:

Casillero del Diablo Reserva Wines

Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2015: Central Valley grapes; aged in American oak barrels; tart berry, dark red cherry, and cocoa aromas; dark cherry, cassis, and earthy flavors; cork closure.

Casillero del Diablo Reserva Wines

Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2016: grapes from Casablanca, Rapel (coastal) and Limari valleys; fermented in stainless steel; white grapefruit and floral aromas; lime, guava, and white peach flavors; great acid, beautiful balance; twist-off closure.

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