Last week, Laima and I had the great luck to participate in a tasting of Concha y Toro's Gran Reserva Serie Riberas wines.
Gran Reserva Serie Riberas is a special selection selection of Gran Reserva wines coming from vineyards located close to different river basins. This translates into unique, distinctive fresher wines. The line comprises five red varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Syrah, Merlot and Malbec) and two whites (Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc).
Here are my notes from the virtual tasting:
2011 Sauvignon Blanc - very light in color, grassy nose and palate, crisp finish2011 Malbec - incredibly dark, bit of cacao on nose and palate, dry, somewhat abrupt finish2010 Carmenere - a deep dark wine, more acidic than the Malbec, peppery nose, a hint of sweetness in the finish2010 Cabernet Sauvignon - wet leather on the nose, dark cherry and earthiness on the palate, smooth finish
These wines have a true sense of terroir, tasting of the earth and climate from where they came. I was amazed at how dark the reds were, almost opaque, though there was color variation within the inky darkness, from red to deep dark purple.
These wines give the impression of luxury and elegance, tasting far beyond their roughly $15 price. The heavy bottles, simple and classy labels, and heavy foil wrappers all add to the sense that these are serious wines.
The tasting was last Wednesday, with the bottles on the counter (Sauvignon Blanc in the fridge) through Sunday. As the days passed, we kept trying the wines and each day, they just got better and better. Any rough edges were polished by time, and the complexity of the aroma and palate deepened, increasing the pleasure of drinking these fine wines. We definitely plan on cellaring the reds as long as we can keep our hands off of them. I can see these being absolutely perfect in 5-7 years, maybe even 10.
Disclaimer: This wine was sent to me for review purposes, courtesy of Concha y Toro's Gran Reserva Wines, via TasteLive. I was not compensated in any other way for the review, was not obligated to give the wine a positive review, and all opinions are my own. Some information in this review was taken from the company website.
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