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2010 Viña Leyda Single Vineyard Kadun Sauvignon Gris

Your first reaction is probably “what the hell is Sauvignon Gris?” Think of it as a good, cool climate Sauvignon Blanc (in its citrusy, tropical, and herbal aromatics) meets a good, cool climate Chardonnay (in its creamy structure and full body), with a lemon-rind finish thrown in for good measure. The cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean help this wine to retain its vibrant, acidic verve while still appealing to the Chardonnay lovers out there. Savuignon Gris might just be poised as the next “breakout” variety from South America.
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2009 Veramonte Pinot Noir Ritual

This rather large-bodied Pinot Noir has a label that says 14% alcohol, but a nose and sensation on the eyes that say 14.9%. It also shows cherries, dried strawberries, and sage. On the palate cherries and raspberries meet plenty of wood effects including vanilla, toast, and cinnamon. It also shows sage, marjoram, and a tiny hit of cayenne pepper. Tannins are big and a little dusty. Acids are a bit low compared to tannins and wood. The finish has some length, but ends up with an overwhelming sensation of new barrels. The glass half-full crowd would call this "a Pinot for people who don't like Pinot." The glass half-empty crowd would describe it as "a spoofilated Pinot wearing a Cali-Cab costume for Halloween." Drink it with fun-sized snickers and candy corn. Not recommended.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Viña Casablanca Nimbus Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

An interesting wine, an eye-opener for Chile's potential with pinot noir. This is big and sweet, more Russian River than Côte d'Or. A melange of red fruits—cherry, cranberry, and strawberry—are joined by marjoram, sage, a touch of charcoal, and the tiniest hint of cayenne pepper. The mouth feel is silky and rich, the tannins sweet, smooth, and just slightly dusty, with a good acid counter-balance. Drink with Cuban roast pork. Highly recommended.
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2009 Viña Casablanca Nimbus Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Noir

An interesting wine, an eye-opener for Chile's potential with pinot noir. This is big and sweet, more Russian River than Côte d'Or. A melange of red fruits—cherry, cranberry, and strawberry—are joined by marjoram, sage, a touch of charcoal, and the tiniest hint of cayenne pepper. The mouth feel is silky and rich, the tannins sweet, smooth, and just slightly dusty, with a good acid counter-balance. Drink with Cuban roast pork. Highly recommended.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2005 Miguel Torres Santa Digna Sauvignon Blanc “Selection”

Found this 2005 forgotten in the basement and brought it up for dinner tonight. What a great surprise! It was a bit warm but I twisted open the screwcap and sweet grass and herbs wafted out. The aromas persisted upon pouring: more sweet meadow herbs, a bit of limestone. On the palate, plenty of body, great balance, but the finish was a bit on the short side. Reminiscent of a very good white Bordeaux, with an appealing strain of chalkiness running through it. Highly recommended.
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2009 巴蒂斯特屈弗利耶 Cuvée Del Maule

2009年,智利考克内斯(Cauquenes)地区遭受了可怕的地震,倒也成就了一段和地震有关的“风土”故事。这次地震在那里造成了重大的破坏,自然当地的酒厂也不能幸免。很多的橡木桶被散落异处。酿酒师巴蒂斯特屈弗利耶(Baptiste Cuvelier)拾起这些依旧幸存的酒桶,混合放入了同样尚存的葡萄酒,但结果却是产生了惊人的好酒。所有的葡萄在这里都是被公平贸易并且是有机生长。葡萄酒中柔和的单宁和清爽的果酸像是在你的舌尖偏偏起舞般跳跃,这样平衡的酒体的注定了是可以被存放在酒窖里陈年的好酒。辛辣的黑胡椒及肉桂香味的酒体更加醇厚,还夹杂着丰富的黑色和红色水果味,如黑加仑,桑椹,和树莓在一起,还有一丝烟叶和咖啡的味道。它还有一个非常有趣的薄荷味,如同一块没有巧克力的安第斯牌(Andes)薄荷巧克力。橡木中的香草味道在中期的口感得以显现。单宁相当柔美,以及很长的余味。这是一个出乎意料的好葡萄酒,同时又铭刻着那段令人伤痛的往事,这款酒的部分收益将返还给仍然在恢复中的地震灾区。只是有酒相伴味道足以鲜美。极力推荐。 标签:2006, Baptiste Cuvelier,赤霞珠,佳利酿,美娜,考克内斯,智利,Chile Maule,Cinsaut,地震,梅鹿辄,派斯,混合型红酒,红葡萄酒,酒评,酒
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2005 Miguel Torres Santa Digna Sauvignon Blanc “Selection”

Found this 2005 forgotten in the basement and brought it up for dinner tonight. What a great surprise! It was a bit warm but I twisted open the screwcap and sweet grass and herbs wafted out. The aromas persisted upon pouring: more sweet meadow herbs, a bit of limestone. On the palate, plenty of body, great balance, but the finish was a bit on the short side. Reminiscent of a very good white Bordeaux, with an appealing strain of chalkiness running through it. Highly recommended.
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Palate Press Wine of the Week: 2009 Baptiste Cuvelier Cuvée Del Maule

In 2009 the Cauquenes region of Chile suffered a terrible earthquake, and therein lies a tale of temblors and terroir. The earthquake wrought significant destruction there, and the winery did not go untouched. Barrels were thrown everywhere. Winemaker Baptiste Cuvelier picked from surviving barrels, and made the best blend possible from what survived, producing a startlingly good wine. All the grapes are fair trade and are grown organically. The wine is very well balanced, with good tannins and bright acids dancing together, promising significant cellar time. It is spicy, rich, and minty. The spice is black pepper and a touch of cinnamon. Richness comes from a blend of black and red fruits, blackcurrant, mulberry, and raspberry together, along with a bit of tobacco leaf and coffee. It also has a very interesting touch of mint, like the inside stripe of an Andes (get it?) mint without the chocolate. Vanilla from the wood makes an appearance on the mid-palate. Tannins are very sweet, the finish quite long. This is a surprisingly good wine, carved from a tragedy, and some of the proceeds will be returned to the region for ongoing earthquake relief. And it just tastes delicious. Highly recommended.