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.

Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 by Montes

Grape Variety: 90% Cabernet Sauvignon , 10% Merlot

Very good wine with mixed black and red fruit of medium intensity and good concentration. The wine has good complexity with notes of baking spice, current leaf and a chocolate note. The medium tannins are smooth and balance the medium minus acidity. Drink now and over the next 5-7 years.

Montes Alpha Syrah 2009

Grape Variety: Syrah 90% + Cabernet Sauvignon 7% + Viognier 3%

Very Good minus wine with rich dark fruit, mixed spices and touch of cigar box. The balance is very good and tannins grippy but mature. The fruit is concentrated and other aromas and flavours add complexity. Medium plus finish. Drink now and over the next 5 years.