Friday, May 11, 2007

Reviews of Wines of Chile

The following is a compilation of old reviews I have done on the wines of Chile.

2003 Montes Syrah Alpha: For dinner last evening, Opah with a teriyaki/garlic sauce, I had this wine, which retails for about $17. This was a very good wine, a light Syrah that went well with the fish. It had good fruit but also a decent amount of spice, a good balance. The finish was of medium length and it did possess some complexity though not an abundance. It is a bit pricey for what you get but is definitely a good drink. I would Drink but I might hesitate to buy again at that price.

2004 Garuma Vineyard Sauvignon : This wine ($17) is from Leyda, the newest appellation in Chile, and is also all organic. It is a crisp wine with a strong grapefruit taste. A decent wine but nothing to really differentiate it from many other Sauvignon Blancs.

2005 Viognier Secreto, Colchagua Valley: A fruity wine, a lot of citrus upfront, but with a harsh finish. No drink, no buy.

2002 Leyda Carmenere, Colchagua Valley: This was a smooth wine ($17), with solid fruit without being overly ripe. It had some nice complexity and would be a recommended Drink and Buy.

2000 Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon: A very Old World style wine ($32) with nice fruit, a long finish and a nice balance of tannins.

2005 Veramonte Sauvignon Blanc: This is a typical sauvignon blanc, fruity with a decent amount of acidity. It is a decent summer wine, though it was not really impressive to me.

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