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Every year in a tasting that is called the Cata de Los Andes 12 top Chilean wines face off against 12 top notch Argentines. derek.jpgIt is a professional blind tasting of thirty winemaker judges from each side– a duel of Andean tannins as it were. This year the wine makers of G.W.Co were invited and…
Con orgullo anunciamos que el #14 Cabernet y #15 Syrah estan disponibles en Ski Portillo. Ambos vinos estan disponibles esta temporada en el bar por copa y en el comedor. Con una capacitación en grande…
We take off our hat to Alejandro Jimenez and the team at “Wain” the newly released wee-nay magay-zeenay. First issue is chock a block full of wines, industry anecdotes (Who’d have thought the Rolling Stones would finally break into wine only to release a Canadian Ice Wine?) ah, and good to eats too. What is notable [read gobstopping] is the mag’s tone, and lack of pretension. It is as fresh as Sauvignon from Limarí. At long last a much needed dose of Bonny Doon found it’s way to Chile! Heaven’s to Mergatroid! Take the blazers off folks, you wouldn’t want to stain those worsted cuffs!
Sad Note : be sure to check out “Wain” in print, because it’s web [no link intended ] is the same old uninspired flash®-wank our wine industry is famous for.
Sacamos el sombrero para Alejandro Jimenez y el equipo de “Wain” — la nueva revista de “weeneh” recien lanzada. El primer numero está lleno de vinos, datos y ricas cochinadas para comer. Lo que marca es su tono, notoriamente menos pretensióso– una frescura como si fuera de Limarí! Wow, una dosis de Bonny Doon llegó a Chile por fin! Sacan sus blazers para verlo por favor!
Nota : vale verlo en papel porque su web [sin link para salvarles el sufrimiento] es una paja en flash igualita a casi todas en nuestra querida industria como siempre.
The wines are in their barrels and we are very pleased with the results.
Two mountain Cabs big and burly with bigger rounder shoulders than last year, terrific natural acidity, huge berry fruit and bigger concentration. More tannic structure should make this wine better than last year’s rendition. We are thrilled to be working with this fruit again.
New this year are two barrels of Carignan from the deep south. The 80+ year old vielles vignes vineyard lent surprising natural acidity that promises to make this wine a treat for a long time to come. The combination of this acidity, bug red berry fruit and the sweetness of the American Oak is fast becoming a tour de force in the making. Malolactic has begin despite chilly winter.
Lastly, but certainly not leastly, the Cab and Cab Field Blend from the dry-farmed Maipo property are both showing well in their barrels and should become very interesting new elements to the lineup indeed. Be prepared for two very different new contenders, the blend [perhaps is this year's big surprise] that no one was waiting for +/- Cabernet 50%, Carmenere 25%, Malbec 18%, Petite Verdot 7%.
Note : futures are available for the modest price of $ 84,000 a case of twelve. Those of you who bought early last year please help the newbies to get enthused and get involved early. The tendency based upon the barrel samples we are tasting is bullish to say the least.
Ya recibimos otra fruta de Cabernet con tremenda potencial. Los granos son chicos y muy concentrado con taninos ricos. We have received a second high-calibre Cabernet from the Maipo Valley strictly dry-farmed. The berry size is very small, the fruit concentrated as all-get-out. We now have mountain fruit, dry farmed fruit, and very-old-vine fruit in cold maceration and we are very pleased so far.
As picking day approches we are inspecting various cuarteles looking for peak ripeness. Various pictures of a Cabernet from the Maipo Valley (Alto Maipo with the Andes towering in the background. Acercando el día de cosecha estamos inspeccionando fruta para madurez. Fotos varios del valle del maipo (alto con los Andes justo en el fondo)
Wonderful dinner the other night in Santiago city at “del Congrejo al Conejo?”. Great to try the wines again. We have made our way south passing over the glaciers and yesterday passed the Cape with clear skies, and I include the photo promised. Now, back north through the Argentine Patagonia. Break a leg with the 2008 harvest!