Wines of Chile Vertical Tasting Vancouver 2014

These wines where supplied by the wineries through Wines of Chile for a group of wine professionals in Vancouver Canada, Sept 25th 2014. The theme of the event was verticals of several age worthy red Chilean wines. The wines were all age worthy, several were not showing vintages with many years spread between them. The Koyle Family Vineyard wines were the 1st and 2nd vintage of its new Icon wine Auma, while the Coyam by Vinedos Emiliana were a 2001 and a 2010 showing a broad spread in years. Another point is vintage variation, Chile has very consistent weather year to year but weather can be a factor, it was good the have a winemaker/viticulturist like Sr. Undurraga on hand to speak to this point.

The overall impression of this reviewer is premium Chilean red wines can easily age for 8-12 years and hold their fruit longer and than comparably priced wines from Bordeaux or Napa.

The tasting was lead by Rhys Pender MW and Cristobal Undurraga from Koyle who did a great job of leading us through the wines and answering our sometimes complex questions.

I would like to thank Wines of Chile for this enlightening experience.

IMG_1136 Ocio Pinot Noir by Cono Sur

2009, Black and bright red cherry with raspberries over baking spice, medium plus acidity and medium minus soft tannins. Not showing much age will hold for another 9-12 years.

2012, Black fruit over forest floor and touch of sweet fresh herbs, medium minus acidity and silky medium minus tannins. Will evolve to more earthiness and drink for 6-7 years but not live as long as the 2009.

IMG_1138 Coyam by Vinedos Emiliana

2001, black fruit and strong floral notes over touch of bright red current, medium minus acidity and medium minus mature rounded tannins, long sweet finish, will continue aging well for 3-4 years and drink well for 10.

2010, bright red fruit and baking spice with the same floral notes of the 2001, the medium plus acidity and medium plus tannins gives the wine great structure to age for 10-12 years. The wine should age well and longer than the 2001.

IMG_1141 Auma by Koyle Family Vineyards

2009, sweet red and black fruit over floral notes and sweet garden herbs, the wine has a strong mineral note, the medium ripe tannins and medium acidity lead to a long finish, the wine has very good structure and will age for 8-10 years. This wine is lead by the Malbec bringing soft black fruit.

2010, ripe black and red fruit with pepper, mineral notes and forest notes, medium plus acidity and medium plus grippy tannins lead to a medium plus finish, will age well for 12-14 years. This wine is lead by Cabernet Sauvignon which brings more structure.

IMG_1140 Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon

2006, ripe red current and back raspberries over nice cigar box notes, the acidity and tannins are both medium minus and well balanced, very clean structured wine with medium plus fruit intensity and another 5-6 years to enjoy it.

2011, Bright red fruit with brooding black current over baking spices, tobacco and a mineral note. The ripe medium plus tannins and medium acidity bring balance and the structure to age for 10+ years.

IMG_1139 Don Maximiano by Vina Errazuris

2009, big black current and ripe black raspberries over complex baking spice and dried herbs, medium plus ripe tannins and medium acidity lead to a long rich finish. The wine finishes very clean with notes of minerals and oak. The wine has 8-9 more years of enjoyment.

2011, pure black fruit with floral and sweet garden herbs, the medium acidity and medium round tannins lead to clean long finish. The wine shows its oak on the palate more than the nose and will drink for 10-12 years.

Max Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2013 by Errazuriz

IMG_1072 Grape Variety: 100% Sauviginon Blanc

Very good minus dry white wine with ruby grapefruit and lime zest over sweet garden herbs and a note of orange blossom. The medium plus acidity brings balance with the medium body. The medium plus fruit intensity leads to a rather long finish. The wine has good complexity and is drinking well now and for the next 12-14 months.

Max Reserva Syrah 2010 by Errazuriz

IMG_0739 Grape Variety: 100% Syrah

Very good minus wine with blueberries and black plums over sweet garden herbs and baking spice with a strong very pleasant floral note. The fruit concentration is medium plus. The medium tannins are grippy and will smooth with age. The wine has good complexity. The wine is drinking now and will improve for 1-2 years then drink for a further 4-5.

Viñedo Chadwick 2009 by Errázuriz


Grape variety: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Outstanding plus wine with black cherry and black raspberries over cedar and graphite notes with smoky sweet herbs. The wine has very good complexity and high fruit intensity and concentration. The medium plus tannins are round and mature and balance the medium acidity very well. The finish is long. Starting to drink now, will improve for 5-6 years then drink for 10 years or more.

Errazuriz Estate Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 by Viña Errazuriz

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Good plus wine with tropical fruit such as star fruit, touch of pineapple and key lime over fresh herbs. The medium acid, medium Alc and medium fruit intensity are very well balanced and lead to a medium minus finish. The wine is fresh and very bright. Drink now.

Aconcagua Costa Sauvignon Blanc 2010 by Viña Errazuriz

Grape Variety: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Very good wine with medium plus intensity of tropical fruit, sweet citrus, fresh herbs and a mineral note. The wine has medium acidity and alcohol making for a fine balance. The wine has a medium plus finish. Drink now and for 1-2 years.

Wild Ferment Pinot Noir 2009 by Viña Errázuriz

Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Very good plus wine with medium plus concentration of ripe strawberries, black raspberries and touch of baking spice with a cedar note. The wine has ripe medium tannins and medium acidity giving great balance. The finish is long minus and sweet. Drinking well now and will for 4-5 years.

Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 by Viña Errázuriz

Grape Variety: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc

Good plus wine with black and red fruit profile, baking spice and note of bell pepper. The wine has medium rounded tannins and medium acidity giving it good structure. The wine has good fruit concentration and medium plus length. The wine will age well for 5-6 years.

Single Vineyard Carmenère 2009 by Viña Errázuriz

Grape Variety: 100% Carmenère

Very good minus wine with coffee, chocolate, baking spice over a core of sweet dark fruit. The wine has good complexity and medium intensity. The medium tannins are grippy but mature balanced with medium acidity. The length is medium. Drink now and for the next 4-5 years.

Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010 by Viña Errazuriz

Grape Variety: 100% Chardonnay

Very good wine with a complex mix of citrus peel, ripe stone fruit, tropical fruit and toast from the oak. The wine has medium acidity and great creamy texture. The fruit has good concentration and intensity. Medium plus length. Drink now but will hold for 2-3 years.