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Chilean Annual Wine Tasting – Toronto 2017

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Although Chile is a mid-sized South American country, it is a giant in wine production. Being long and narrow, stretching from the Ata        cama Desert in the north to Patagonia in the south (over 4000 kilometres), the country enjoys a range of climates.

The valleys run perpendicular from the Pacific Ocean to the Andes Mountains, and vineyards follow the contour of the land, from sea level all the way up to 15000 meters and above.

Over the last 30 years, the industry (approximately 275 wineries) developed a plan to promote sustainable vitiviniculture, and introduced several vitis vinfera varieties to the staples of sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, carmenere, and pais, the following – pinot noir, viognier, syrah, carignan, zinfandel, mourvedre, sangiovese, gewürztraminer and riesling.

Chile is a major wine exporting country to the U S A, China, Japan, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and many others.

Every year, several wineries send their winemakers and/or export managers to Toronto to showcase their wines.

Over the last decade, I have attended all, and this year, surprisingly saw how sparkling wines evolved from below average to average products to reliable and well-made wines.

Syrah, along with carignan, zinfandel, cabernet franc, mourvedre, petit verdot, and viognier are now being blended to achieve titillating taste experiences.

Prices of entry-level wines are indeed affordable and represent excellent value, while some of the red wines cost considerably more , they still represent outstanding value compared to competitors on word markets.

This year I tasted 62 wines of the more than 150 and recommend the following:

White wines

Chardonnay, 2016, Arboleda
88+/100
$ 19.95 (available as a Vintages release February 2018)

Grand Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, 2016, Carmen
88+/100
$ 16.95

Novas Sauvignon Blanc, 2017, Emiliana
89/100
$ 15.95

Signature Chardonnay/Viognier, 2016, San Esteban
88+/100\$ 17.95

Don Quijada # 1 Semillon, 2016, Carmen
89+/100
No price provided

Signos de Origen La Vanilla, 2016, Emiliana
88+/100
No price

Red wines

Pinot Noir, 2016, Arboleda
89/100
$ 19.95

Collection Assemblage, 2012, Aresti
89/100
$ 29.95

Cenit, 2014, Caliterra
89+/100
$ 49.95

Winemaker’s Red Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Carmen
89+/100
$ 29.95

Gold Reserva, 2013, Carmen
90/100
$ 59.95

Gran Reserva Syrah, 215, Casas Del Bosque
88+/100
$ 24.95

GE Syrah/Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013, Emiliana
92/100
$ 79.95

Coyam Red Blend, 2014, Emiliana
89/100
$ 29.95

Don Maximiniano, 2014 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere, Malbec,Petit Verdot)
90+/100
$ 84.95

Triple C (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere), 2013, Santa Rita
90+/100
$ 49.95

Ketran, 2013, Siegel Family Wines,
89+/100
$ 80.00

Catalina, 2014, Santa Ema
91/100
$ 49.95

Amplus Carmenere One, 2015, Santa Ema
89/100
$ 22.95

Herencia, 2010, Santa Carolina
89/100
$ 39.95

VSC, 2013, Santa Carolina
89/100
No price

Laguna Del Inca Blend, San Esteban
89+/100
$ 32.95

QV Blend, San Esteban
90+/100
$ 54.95

Ninquen, 2014, Montgras, 2014,
90+/100
$ 29.95

Intriga Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Montgras
88+/100
$ 22.95

Purple Angel, 2014, Montes
89+/100
$ 59.95

Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016, Indomita
89/100
No price

Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014, Santa Rita
90+/100
$ 59.95

Caballo Loco Grand Cru, 2013, Valdivieso
89+/100
$ 39.95

Eclat Vigno, Valdivieso
89+/100
$ 35.00

Enclave Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Ventisquera
89/10
$ 79.95

Bouganville, 2012, Santa Rita
90+/100
No price

Neyen, 2912, Veramonte
91+/100
$ 49.95

Reserva Privada Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012, Galan
88+/100
$ 11.05 (available at L C B O Specialty store)

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