Friday, January 29, 2010

WCOW: Chile Red Blend National Try-outs

Country: Chile
Manager: Liam Carrier

Chile produces many great red blends so this was a tough list to narrow down. I ended up with two blends which incorporate one of Chile's greatest exports: Carmenere. This lesser-known varietal of the classic six Bordeaux varietals (yes there are six) is what I consider the Grenache of South America: a superb blending grape. Add this puppy to your blend with skill and you will add a touch of heaven. Carmenere can also produce amazing solo efforts with the right winemaker. Look for those when we take on Chile Single Red Varietal wines next month.

Wine #1: Palo Alto 2008 Reserva
Price: $14.99
RegionMaule Valle
Country: Chile
Notes: A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Carmenere and 15% Syrah. A complex wine at a bargain price.
Full review: Follow Link
Score: 88 points

Wine #2: Montes 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere
Price: $19.90
Region: Colchagua Valley
Country: Chile
Notes: A blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carmenere. Balanced, ready-to-drink pleaser with great fruit concentration and tasty spice.
Full review: Follow Link
Score: 89 points

Conclusion: The Montes wins this match-up with its incredible smooth and sexy texture. A solid wine to enjoy on its own or with food. Montes has a great line-up of wine with many different varietals and blends to choose from in multiple price points. I have yet to be unsatisfied with any of their many wines. Look for them at your local liquor store and fine wine shop. Enjoy. - LC

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