Tasting # 143 May 28, 2013, Capri Restaurant – Chilean Wines

May 28, 2013, 1 PM ,      Wine Tasting # 143

Capri Restaurant, McLean VA 22101

Wines  from Chile


  • I.    Presenters and Parcipants
  • II.  Bithdays of the Month
  • III. Menu 
  • IV. The Wines
  • V.  Evaluacíon de los vinos por los socios

I.  Presenters and Parcipants

Presenters:  Pedro Turina and German Zincke


German Zincke

Pedro Turina

Pedro Turina

Participants:    Rolando Castaneda,  Alfonso Sanchez,  Hugo Benito,  Luis C.Danin Lobo(Lula),   Ginger Smart,  Juan Luis Colaiacovo,  Marcello Averbug,  Ruth Connolly, Mario Aguiar,  Jorge Garcia-Garcia,   Pedro Turina,   German Zincke,   Orlando Mason, Alvaro Lopez,  Guillermo Granham. invitado de Pedro Turina,  Jaime Estupinan (condicional a un viaje).

II.  Birthdays of the Month of May 

  • Leonor Barreto        26  
  • Rene Meza                 31

III.   Menu      TBA

  • Entrada:   
  • Pasta:          
  • Plato principal:    
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III.   Information on the Wines:

Information Provided by Pedro Turina and German Zincke presenters of wines for this tasting.

Sauvignon Blanc Vista Mar Sepia2011 Sauvignon Blanc VistaMar  Sepia Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc. Vistamar, Casablanca Valey, Central Valey, Chile. APV: 13.4%, $ 10 at Total Wine

This is a brilliant wine, pale yellow in colour with highlights of green. It has intense, exuberant aromas of fresh fruit, such as grapefruit, pineapple, guava and passion fruit, against a background of fine mineral tones and fresh herbs. In the mouth it is fresh and delicate in texture, with juicy acidity accompanied by intense flavours of tropical fruits.

Winemaker Director: Irene Paiva

Irene Paiva

Harvest and vinification information:      Alcohol: 13.5%     pH: 3.4      Total Acidity:: 5.9 g/L tartaric acid     Residual Sugar: 9.5 g/L        Analysis 2012 vintage    Appellation of Origin  Casablanca

Here the soils are granitic on the plains and clayey on the hillsides. The climate characteristically  presents the strong maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean, which ensures slow ripening and high-quality grapes.

Colour: pale yellow with greenish highlights.

Aroma: tropical and citrus fruits, white flowers and hints of minerals.

Flavour: fresh fruits, herbs and flowers, enveloping the mouth, with exquisite acidity.

Serving temperature: 12-14°C

Food match: sashimi, oysters, ceviche, goat cheese and fish.

The 2011-2012 season was hotter than that of a normal year, so the harvest was brought forward by two weeks with a view to achieving white wines with a fresher, more aromatic nose, but an enveloping mouth.

2011 vintage – 91 points   Wine &Spirits, Jun 2012 (USA)

2009 vintage– 90 points    The Wine Advocate, Nov 2010 (USA)


The Wall Street Journal about Apalta Vineyards

When Aurelio Montes first visited a remote part of Chile’s Colchagua Valley called Apalta in 1972 to buy grapes for his employer, he was struck by the dramatic beauty of the place, by the quality of the light, which seems to pool in the bowl of a five-mile-wide amphitheater framed by a crescent outcrop of the Pangalillo hills. Although grapes had been planted here since the time of the Spanish conquistadors, the Colchagua Valley was a remote region little known to outsiders. Twenty years later, Aurelio and his partners bought up 500 hectares (1,236 acres) of Apalta for their fledgling winery, called Montes. “We felt there was music in the air,” Aurelio told me many years later, “but no one else was hearing the music from the market.”

Aurelio Montes

Alexandra Lapostolle

Meanwhile, Alexandra Marnier-Lapostolle, whose great-grandfather created Grand Marnier, had been scouting Chile with the oenologist Michel Rolland. She, too, concluded that Apalta was the perfect spot to create a world-class Chilean red, buying an adjacent slice of  the amphitheater. Today, less than 20 years of harvests later, it seems safe to say that Apalta could be considered Chile’s first grand cru.  The Colchagua Valley, some 80 miles south of Santiago, is a subregion of Chile’s Central Valley, located, appropriately enough, in the middle of this long, skinny country. The climate, moderated by the Andes to the east and the Pacific to the west, is sometimes described as being a cross between Napa and Bordeaux. The vinifera vine arrived in the 16th century with the Spanish, and after phylloxera hit Europe in the 19th century, French refugees arrived to tend these uninfected vineyards.

Thanks to its geographic isolation, Chile is believed to be the only country in the world untouched by the nasty little root louse that devastated world wine production. Today, it’s the only place where European vitis vinifera vines are planted on their own roots—elsewhere, vines are grafted on American rootstock, which is resistant to phylloxera, a necessary but not necessarily ideal practice. That fact, combined with its climate, make central Chile a viticultural Eden.

Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon Cuveé Alexandre 2011      

Region Colchagua Valley, Chile. Lapostolle Apalta Vineyard.

Grape 88% Cabernet Sauvignon; 7% Cabernet Franc and 5% Syrah certified Organic by CERES..

Tasting Color: Deep red with dark purple hints.

Nose: Dense nose full of tobacco and coffee aromas, but yet very elegant with red fruit aromas such as plums and cherries.

Palate: Delicate attack and a broad structure of fine tannins towards the mid palate and finish. A concentrated body, which will enable a long bottle ageing.

Service and Food Pairing: Cellar for several years or decant and serve at 16° C (60° F). Ideal companion for meats and elaborate dishes.

Harvest Winter 2010 brought a cold July and delayed the bud break by approximately 10 days, and that delay was maintained during spring. Summer was colder than normal with limited sunlight and December and January brought some rainfall   which was unusual but beneficial for the vineyard after the dry winter and spring conditions. The cloudy summer resulted in decreased lightening, so maturity came at regular but slow pace and we didn’t have the excess of sun that can occur sometimes. February was, on the contrary, hot and sunny as usual. Fall brought threatening clouds so it was very important to harvest fast, considering the risk of rain.

Vinification Our Cabernet Sauvignon comes from an old block of Cabernet: planted in 1920 with high density in special soil and geographic conditions. Our winemaking philosophy remains very natural and we adhere to minimal intervention. Our key points are 100% hand harvesting, strict fruit selection by 77% optical state of the art grape selection and 23% hand de-stemming of the grapes at our Clos Apalta

Winery. All fermentations were made with wild yeast.


 Cousiño Macul 

Finis Terrae es un claro reflejo del terroir del Valle del Maipo, expresado a través de la mejor selección de Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot y Syrah de Cousiño Macul. Es una mezcla creada por cientos de combinaciones que encontró el balance ideal de fruta, acidez, taninos, alcohol y encina francesa.


La temporada 2008 – 2009 presentó condiciones óptimas para la maduración de las variedades tintas en el Valle del Maipo, específicamente en el Alto Maipo. Un frío invierno dio paso a un seco y cálido verano en donde la madurez de las uvas fue desarrollándose lentamente y en excelente estado sanitario. Comenzamos con la cosecha del Merlot el 24 de marzo y luego seguimos con el Syrah y el Cabernet Sauvignon a mediados de Abril.


Luego de una minuciosa cosecha a mano en pequeñas cajas de 10 kilos, se realizó una selección de racimos y luego una selección de bayas para asegurarnos que sólo granos de uva entraran a la cuba. Se maceró en frío a 7°C (45°F) por una semana y posteriormente se inoculó con levaduras. La fermentación se realizó a una temperatura controlada entre 26°C y 27°C, lo que tardó alrededor de 10 días. La maceración post fermentativa duró cerca de 2 semanas y luego el vino fue trasegado a barricas nuevas donde maduró durante 18 meses.


De color rojo cereza intenso con ligeros reflejos rubíes, este ensamblaje de Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot y Syrah es un vino elegante y aromático. Con una nariz frutal, tiene intensos aromas a guindas y frutilla roja. Destacan los aromas de clavo de olor mezclados con notas especiadas. En boca, taninos redondos y de buena estructura, vuelven a aparecer las notas a frutas maduras como guinda, arándano y canela. Con una acidez agradable que le da un excelente equilibrio en su estructura de ensamblaje y hacen que sea un vino fácil de beber.


Es un vino para disfrutar a temperatura 18 ° a 20° C , va perfecto con filete de res con hongos, carpaccio de wayú, selección de quesos franceses, suprema de ave con salsa de arándanos. Es bastante versátil a la hora de armonizar con preparaciones de condimentación media-alta.


Composición Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah

Denominación: 100% Valle del Maipo

Acidez total: 5.78 gr/L       pH: 3.5       Alcohol: 14 %


V. Evaluacíon de los vinos por los socios

Hugo Benito, Scretario del Club del Vino presenta la evalución de los vinos degustados nesta reunión:

A con tinuacion se transcribe el resultado de la degustacion 143 del 28 de mayo del 2013. En esta oportunidad Pedro Turina, Orlando Mason y German Zincke presentaron Vinos de Chile. Se repartieron 16 formularios y se recibieron 12. Como aperitivo  Pedro y German llevaron Pisco con lo que prepararon en el mismo restaurant un PISCO SAUER que fue muy del agrado de todos los comensales. Por ello  en la degustacion  presentaron tres vino, un blanco y 2 tintos.

Vino Numero 1.- Sauvignon Blanc Vistamar Sepia.- Alcohol 13.5.
Este vino fue evaluado por 12 personas pero solo se consideraron 11 entre  88 y 90 puntos ocn un promedio de 89.2

Vino Numero 2.-Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvee Alexandre20011 Blend de 85% Cabernet Sauvignon , 7% Cabernet Franc,5%  Syrah.    Calificaron estevino 12 personas, solo se consideraron 10 entre 87 y 91 puntos con un promedio de 89.2.

Vino Numero 3.-Cousino Macul Finis Terrae 2008 Maipo Valley. Alcohol 14%. Calificaron este vino  12 personas, se consideraron 11 entre 89 y 92 puntos con un promedio de 90.5. Cinco personas le dieron 91 puntos.


About Cecilio Augusto Berndsen

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