Tag Archives: Chile

Weekly Wine – Chilean Chardonnay

8 Feb

sc_charSanta Carolina Chardonnay
2016
Chile
750ml
13% ABV
$9.45 (LCBO)
This wine disturbed me a bit.
It is dry yet it does not seem so when taking the first sips.
It is quite light in colour but the body does match that visual stimuli.
There is acidity here that is not too pronounced but it is tempered with other flavours that I can’t quite make out.
It is a fair wine. It is a chardonnay, and it is a rather typical one at that. When drinking this wine there is no mistaking it for something that is low on the totem pole of price.
BUT.
It is rather high on the totem pole of value.
If you like chardonnay and are on a budget – you won’t go wrong with this one.

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Weekly Wine – Santa Shiraz

9 Nov

1109scshSanta Carolina Shiraz
2015
Chile
750ml
13% ABV
$8.55 (LCBO)

Santa Carolina is a well-known and established wine company that makes economical wines. They tend to be good.
This one is no exception.
It is nicely bodied. It is well flavoured and rather sharp and tangy.
I like it – you will probably like it too.
The only issue I could possibly have with this wine is that it doesn’t have a very well refined sensation when drinking it. It does not have the complexities of more expensive shirazes. It is rather flat in ins flavour.
It is an inexpensive wine so that should be expected.
And treasured.

This wine is a winner.

Weekly Wine – Shiraz bicycle

12 Oct

1012conoshCono Sur Bicicleta Shiraz
2014
Chile
750ml
14% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

This is a very standard shiraz.
It is not one of the great tasting, exquisite shirazes that will charm the palate and warm the body.
No… This is just a good straight, simple shiraz.
It won’t set your world on fire.
It won’t make your heart go fluttering.
Unless you have been spoiled by drinking just extravagant wines for the past few years you will like this wine – for it is OK.
It is a working wine. Swilling wine. Table wine. Wedding wine.
It is wine when you want wine.
There is a melange of flavours, mostly berries, that are nicely accented with some spice. A little sharp tang that isn’t too acidic. The wine has a full body that is not too heavy making it quite enjoyable. There is a bit of flatness and sourness in the aftertaste that denotes that this is a common wine.
May it live long under the ten dollar price barrier.

Weekly Wine – Santa Blanc

28 Sep

0928scsbSanta Carolina Sauvignon Blanc
2016
Chile
750ml
12% ABV
$8.95 (LCBO)

This pale wine packs a bit of a bite.
You with think that because of the colour this will be some lame mild wine that has subtle flavours. It is quite a lively but soft wine.
There is a bite – and it comes from the dryness, from the crisp acidic flavouring (which is not overdone.) There are no off flavours. It works well chilled and room temperature. It is nice with some nibbles or just on its own.
Does it work with a meal?
I don’t know. I’m not hungry right now. But I suspect it will be a nice addition to whatever is on the plate.
The other bit of bite comes from the alcohol. At 12.5 per cent alcohol by volume this wine is no slouch. It’s pleasant yet intriguing demeanour does not offer any hintsto the alcohol content – so this wine, when consumed with aplomb, might lead you to where you want to be post haste.

Weekly Wine – Caliterra

11 May

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Caliterra Reserva
2014
Chile
750ml
13.5% ABV
$9.95 (LCBO)

I’m sipping this wine late at night and I’m trying to decide if I like it or not.
So much of whether a person likes a wine or not at a given time is based on one’s mood.
I’m distracted and am not giving the wine my full attention. This is not out o the ordinary actually. In this case the wine is asking me for my attention. It is not whispering, Judge me, judge me!” More likely it is saying, “don’t ignore me.”
I switch gears, put on some good music and focus on the wine.
This sip is different than the first ones. The wine has breathed. It has changed. The fist sips were sharp and poignant. These ones have mellowed although a sharp aftertaste remains. The wine is not heavy and has a nice delicate flavour. I’m actually quite surprised that the flavour changed after it was left to aerate for a few minutes. Wines at this price point tend not to be so delicate.
I like this wine – now that I’ve paid it some well-deserved attention.

 

Weekly Wine – Cono Sur Pinot Grigio

10 Jun

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Cono Sur Bicicleta Pinot Grigio
2014
Chile
750ml
14% ABV
$9.90 (LCBO)

This is an example of why under ten dollar wines rule.
For the life of me I thought I had reviewed this wine before. There is a whole series of these wines from Chile called Cono Sur.
Get it. Cono Sur. Southern cone. Look at a map…
These wines are all good. They are ubiquitous at any reception. I seem to recall Konrad Ejbich recommending this series of wine on a CBC radio show. I have drank this wine but never reviewed it.
I usually drink the Cono Sur red wines but this white Pinot Grigio is a very nice fruity example of this wine. There is a bit more flavour in this one than in similarly priced Italian Pinot Grigios and it finishes well with no after taste.
This is a great wine – but if you plan to impress a host with your largess by bringing it, beware – they know this wine well.

Weekly Wine – Kawin

2 Apr

SONY DSCKawin Cabernet Sauvignon
2012
Chile
750ml
13% ABV
$9.90 (LCBO)

The picture of the bottle shows an empty bottle.
It was consumed before the necessary photography could be completed. There is a story about this.
Several bottles were bought. Several friends were invited. Several bottles were opened.
Comments were made about my reviews of sub ten dollar wines – as we were drinking wines of much greater monetary value.
I opened this one at random.
My point was, and is, to really get an amazing, HOLY COW, wine, you have to get pretty close to three digits and more often than not, go over that sum.
All the guests like the wine. They commented that it was just as fine as the ones we were consuming that were nearly twice the monetary value.
I don’t really remember anything specific about this wine, as more wine flowed after this bottle served its purpose.
It is a good wine that was enjoyed by many.