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Santa Ema Reserve 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Fri, Jun 11, 2010 Wine Tasting

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.

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Santa Alicia Reserva 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Wed, Jun 9, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $7 Color: Pale yellow Nose: Banana and tropical fruit.  Sweet and strong nose Taste: This wine is thin-bodied and light on the palate as most sauvignon blancs are, and comes front loaded with peach and strawberries.  Its refreshing.  A slight tartness on the finish. Summary: A refreshing summer wine.   Enjoy with smoked salmon or crab salad. [...]

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Indomita Reserva 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Thu, Jun 3, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $8 Color: Deep ruby Nose: Intense berries Taste: Medium bodied.  Peppery.  Very dry, almost a bit harsh.  I’ll admit, I may not have let this wine  breathe enough, but still a bit green for my palate. Summary: Its not too bad.  With a little more aeration, you’ve got a nice, though somewhat simple cab.  Nothing too dressy, [...]

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Puerto Viejo 2007 Carmenere

Date: Tue, Jun 1, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $7 Color: Deep ruby red Nose: Strawberries and cherries jump right out Taste: Very nice tannins, present in the right amount.  Thin bodied with good fruit.  Oaky.   Mellow and smooth throughout.  Nice long finish. Summary: I was surprised at the pleasantness of this wine.  I found that it had a nice Syrah fruit quality to it, though there [...]

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Balduzzi Reserva 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon

Date: Tue, May 25, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $7 Color: Dark red- violet Nose: Cherries, leather, and earth Taste: Big full body, very round in mouth.  Good acidity.  Smooth throughout.  Wish it had a bit more fruit on the palate, found it a bit flat on the flavor side. Summary: This wine makes a good accompaniment to grilled meats and stews.  Its not my idea of [...]

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Las Huertas 2008 Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Mon, May 17, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $10 Color: Pale yellow Nose: Green apple and citrus fruit Taste: Fullness in mouth.  Soft mineral, soft but lively fruit, smooth, long finish. Summary: The strongest character this wine possesses is balance, from the initial taste and subsequent sips,  this wine was right on.  It has no sharp edges in terms of acidity or mineral traces. Everybody is sure [...]

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Visit to Santa Rita Winery

Date: Sun, May 16, 2010 Wine Tasting

What did I like best about visiting the Santa Rita winery?   The beauty of the place?   The history?   The food?   The beautiful day? The learning experience?   The wine?  Well…YES! The above photo is of the inside courtyard at Viña Santa Rita.  And through the doors on the left you can enter [...]

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Chilean Wines Kick A$$

Date: Tue, May 11, 2010 Wine Tasting

Chilean wines prove yet again their value proposition to the world.  Great wine at great prices. “A Chilean wine bested two of Bordeaux’s Premier crus, two California cult wines and Super Tuscan in a blind tasting by about 100 of New York’s top critics, sommeliers and retailers on Monday.”  Read Reuters full article here.

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Undurraga Aliwen Reserva 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Mon, May 10, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $7 Color: Greenish – pale yellow Nose: Grassy with tropical fruit Taste: Medium bodied.  Good citrus flavor.   Juicy and crisp. Summary: Its starting to feel like summer here in southern California and I’ve been having a blast with several Chilean sauvignon blancs.  I tasted two this past weekend that were superb.  The Aliwen I brought back [...]

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De Martino Legado Reserva 2008 Chardonnay

Date: Wed, May 5, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $12 Color: Goldish yellow Nose: Honeydew melon and floral Taste: Fruity.  Refreshing with nice mineral notes. Summary: The enjoyment of a good glass of wine often has to do with the setting you find yourself in.  This wine brings back the memory of a lazy Sunday afternoon, high over Santiago.  Enjoying good food, wine, and the accompaniment of [...]

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Misiones de Rengo 2009 Sauvignon Blanc

Date: Tue, May 4, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: Around $5 Color: Pale yellow with greenish hue Nose: Strong aromas of green apple and tropical fruit Taste: Crispy with pronounced citrus fruit flavor. Summary: A good summer wine.  At the price you can drink it every day of summer.  During my stay in Santiago we polished off a couple of these with sushi.  Goes great with seafood [...]

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Origin 2008 Carmenere

Date: Thu, Apr 29, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: around $6 Color: Dark ruby red Nose: Berries Taste: Medium bodied and balanced.  Smoky with hints of cloves and cinnamon.  Very soft in mouth.  Pleasant. Summary: I was strolling through Albertson’s and wondered over to the wine section and found this bottle for $6.  This is a private label deal.  The wine is bottled in Chile by [...]

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Cousino Macul Winery Tour

Date: Tue, Apr 27, 2010 Wine Tasting

If you are planning a visit to any Chilean wineries, you must make a stop at Cousino Macul.   Not only is it a 30 minute drive from the center of Santiago, but its a time capsule of the Chilean wine industry. I was impressed by the beauty and sense of isolation that was found so [...]

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Monkey Puzzle 2005 Merlot

Date: Wed, Apr 21, 2010 Wine Tasting

Price: around $7 Color: Deep red Nose: Black fruit and tobacco Taste: Thin bodied.   Very little astringency leading to a nice smooth finish.  Hint of mocha.  Balanced. Summary: Monkey Puzzle is also known as the Araucaria Araucana.  It happens to be Chile’s national tree.  I learned something new today. I also re-learned that its great to take a chance [...]

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