Price: Around $4 Color: Dark cherry red Nose: Blackberries Taste: Smooth and round with good fruit flavor. Nicely jammy. Summary: Feels like this week has been my recession wine tasting week. Two wines in the $5 class. The Xplorador and now the Gato Negro blend. But with Chilean wines, you can’t let the price fool [...]
Price: Around $6 Color: Deep burgundy red Nose: Cherries and plums Taste: Medium bodied with nice notes of brandied cherries. Summary: Given the price and the fact that I had a bad experience with a recent Xplorador Cabernet, I wasn’t expecting much out of this wine. I was pleasantly surprised with this Malbec from Concha y [...]
Price: Around $7 Color: Very pale yellow Nose: Pineapple and melon Taste: Very soft on the palate and round. Gentle fruit flavor. Good acidity. Summary: I was taken aback by the softness of this wine. Its long on the finish and very smooth, missing some of that citric acidity that often accompanies some chardonnays. I [...]
Price: Around $19 Color: Dark cherry red Nose: Mature berries, cherries, and black pepper Taste: Very round and silky, buttery even. Nice intensity and refreshing palate. Summary: Produced in Chile’s Casablanca valley, this Pinot Noir is high in alcohol content, 13.9%. That’s not really a bad thing, and in this wine, I hardly noticed it. [...]
Price: Around $17 Color: Deep red Nose: Plum, licorice, mint Taste: Real nice fruit. Juicy. Silky and smoky. A finish that is notably enduring. Summary: This Syrah is produced in Chile’s Limari valley, one of the two most northern and desert-like valleys in Chile. It is aged for 12 months in French oak barrels. [...]
Price: Around $9 Color: Pale yellow -green hue Nose: Grapefruit and grassy – herbal Taste: Round in mouth. Acidic component is strong. Tangy. Summary: One note wonder unfortunately here. Aside from tangy, I didn’t really get much more out of this wine. No minerality, not much fruit, no complexity at all. Its not bad, its [...]
READER SUBMITTED REVIEW SUBMITTED BY: Ernesto Abarca (submitted in Spanish – translated by Chilean-Wine.com) I really like this wine alot. I buy a bottle of it at least once a month. I usually find it for $4.000 pesos (around $8.00 USD). Its a beautiful dark red, almost purple. It has strong aroma of plums and [...]
Price: Around $6 Color: Pale yellow Nose: Melon, pineapple and tropical fruit, nice bouquet Taste: Buttery vanilla, full bodied with a chameleonesque acidity Summary: Another warm day in Los Angeles is forcing me to reach in the fridge for a cold Chilean white. On tap today was PKNT’s 2009 Chardonnay. What’s this? Do I taste [...]
What are the closest vineyards to Santiago Chile? I’ve gotten this question a couple of times, so here is the answer. If you have an extra day or even a few extra hours while you are in Santiago you owe it to yourself to visit one or two of the wineries near Santiago. The following wineries are [...]
Price: Around $10 Color: Very pale yellow -almost colorless Nose: Apricots, peaches and strawberries Taste: Lots of fruit. Like a white sangria character, without all the sweetness. Feels full in mouth. Tangy and crisp. Real nice acidity. Summary: Today was about 88 degrees Farenheit in my part of Los Angeles, and I thought to myself…I [...]
Price: Around $19 Color: Deep red-violet Nose: Berries, black cherries, oak, and vanilla Taste: Full bodied. Dry with good tannin structure. Notes of tobacco. Lots of wood. Good dark fruit taste. Summary: I’m going out on a limb here, but I think that the Marques de Casa Concha is a tad overpriced. It can usually be found for between $18-$22 [...]
Every Chilean has their unique spin on pan amasado (kneaded bread). But my mother’s is the best of course. So I’m giving you her recipe. Chileans eat a lot of bread and once you taste this bread, you’ll understand why. Chilean bread and Chilean wine, its like Spielberg and Williams, Leone and Morricone. The trick to [...]
Price: Around $7 Color: Deep red-purplish Nose: Berries, cedar and a bit of cinnamon Taste: Full bodied with firm tannins. Hints of chocolate, tobbaco and some spice. Tasty Summary: I liked this. It didn’t have a very long finish, but given the taste to balance to price ratio, its pretty decent. This wine hails from Chile’s Maule region.
Price: Around $11 Color: Deep red Nose: Red fruit with blackberries and a hint of vanilla Taste: Full bodied with an oaky/smoky twang to it. Good acidity and flavor. Summary: A solid Cab at $11! Nicely paired with pastas and burgers. I picked this one up at Woodland Hills Wine Company.