Tasting No. 175 – March 28, 2016 – Wines from Chile

Club del Vino


Capri Ristorante, McLean VA


1. Presenters and Participants

Wines presenters: Marcello Averbug, German Zinke

Participants: Members: Mario Aguilar, Marcello Averburg, Ruth Connolly, Clara Estrada, Jaime Estupiñán, Jorge Garcia-Garcia, Emilio Labrada, Peter Lapera, Alvaro López, Orlando Mason, Ítalo Mirkow, Jorge Requena, Alfonso Sanchez, Jairo Sanchez,  Ricardo Zabaleta, German Zincke.

Non members:  Jorge Claro

Type of Tasting: Open

2. The Wines 

  1.  2011 Terroir Hunter. Undurraga, Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley
  2.  2010 Finis Terrae. Cousiño-Macul, Blend, Maipo Valley 
  3. 2011 Purple Angel, Montes, Carmenere
  4. 2011 VIGNO – Vignadores de Carignan. Maulle Valley, by de Martino

3. The Menu

  1. Crab cake stuffed with mushroom
  2. Grilled Vegetable
  3. Agnolloti cream sauce
  4. Lamb with Rosemary sauce & potatoes.
  5. Dessert and coffee

4. Information on the Wines

(The information below has been compiled from varios internet sources) .

2011 Terroir Hunter. Undurraga, Sauvignon Blanc, Leyda Valley


The Wine. Robert Parker: The 2011 T.H. Leyda Sauvignon Blanc comes from 3.58 hectares in San Antonio. It has a crisp nose of grass clippings, crab apple and lime flower, hints of nettle developing with time. The palate is well balanced with crisp acidity. It is refined and harmonious with a delicate, spicy finish that does not outstay its welcome. Drink now-2017.”

Wine Enthusiast:  “This wine consistently shows off its excellence and purity. This vintage is typically aromatic, with scents of ocean, honey, green herb and grass. The palate is full, round and lemony, with scallion, lime, melon and tarragon flavors. Will pair well with shellfish and ceviche.”

Read More about Undurraga wines here: http://www.undurraga.cl/compania

Experts Rating: Wine and  Spirits: 94 Pts. WS: 90 Pts.

CV Members Rating: 89 Pts.

Price: $18

 2010 Finis Terrae. Cousiño-Macul, Blend, Maipo Valley 


The Wine:  Finis Terrae was conceived, designed, and built by Chile’s masterful Cousiño-Macul winery to go head-to-head with the First Growths of Bordeaux and Napa Valley. With the just-released 2010 Finis Terrae, a breakthrough vintage for this wine, it has become a remarkably good impersonator of La Mission Haut-Brion, at 1/20th the price. It is made from 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Syrah (a clever addition to the traditional Bordeaux cépage, which has given Finis Terrae the last bit of LMHB-like richness it needed to complete the picture). The wine is aged for 15 months in a combination of Seguin Moreau, Taransaud, Demptos and Saury French oak (55% new). What jumps out first and foremost is the cedary, plummy fruit, accented by very Graves-like notes of scorched earth, damp forest floor, and minerality. Supple and amazingly sophisticated for the price, the 2010 Finis Terrae, while immensely enjoyable now, has the structure and balance to age gracefully for an additional 7 to 10 years. Decant one-half hour before serving.

A red with dark berries, walnuts, lightly toasted oak and cocoa. Full body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Attractive austerity. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and syrah. Traditional style. Drink now or hold. (13-Aug-2014) James Suckling

Mainly Cabernet, with Merlot and Syrah. Very dark garnet showing some signs of age in the colour. Complex aroma including minty, sweet black fruit. But there’s also coffee and spice. And darker flavours like tar and black olive. Distinctive and dark, like molasses but without the sweetness. Bags of character and flavour. (JH) (21-Oct-2014) Jancis Robinson

See more about Cousiño Macul Winery here: http://www.cousinomacul.com/

Experts Rating: WA 90 Pts.

CV Members Rating: 91 Pts.

Price: $30

2011 Purple Angel, Montes, Carmenere

Purple Angel_label

The Wine:  Robert Parker: The 2011 Purple Angel is Carmenere with some 8% Petit Verdot to try to balance the low acidity of the Carmenere: the Petit Verdot acting like the bones and the Carmenere would be the meat. It has abundant black fruit aromas. There is a mix from two different plots of Carmenere from Apalta (riper, more black fruit) and Marchigue (cooler, adding more peppery flavors and aromas) within Colchagua. It aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. This 2011 is still very young with roasted coffee aromas from the barrels, notes of mint, chocolate and fine-grained tannins, moderate acidity and a powerful profile. For a cool vintage like 2011, there is a remarkable absence of green aromas and flavors, achieved by low yields and managing irrigation. This is still very young and shows a primary, fruit-driven personality. It should age well and develop more complexity, as I saw in the 2003 and 2007 vintages. (LG)

James Suckling. Top 100 Wines of 2014* This is a crazy red with dried chipotle and red chili pepper character with hints of dark fruits. Blueberry concentration. Full body, with fabulous fruit and an underlying firm tannin structure. Very silky tannins. This is the best Carmenere-based red from Chile. 92% Carmenere and 8% Petit Verdot.

See more about Montes Winery here: http://www.monteswines.com/en/

Experts Rating: WA 91 Pts.

CV Members Rating: 91 Pts.

Price: $57

 2011 VIGNO – Vignadores de Carignan. Maulle Valley, by de Martino


Vigno (pronounced veenio) is short for Vignadores de Background:  Carignan. It’s a new collaborative project to promote old vine Carignan wines from Maule, and the name Vignadores is a mutation from the Spanish term for winegrower, viñadores, with the ‘g’ from Carignan added in.

Old vine Carignan is a neglected treasure of the Chilean wine industry. It was first planted on a large scale in Maule in the early 1940s, when, in the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake in 1939, the Ministry of Agriculture proposed encouraging the planting of Carignan to improve the region’s wines. The thinking was that the naturally high acidity and colour of Carignan would improve the local wines.

So for more than 50 years the vineyards of Maule have been home to dry grown, old vine Carignan. Previously a workhorse variety that was used to blend, Chilean winemakers are now realizing they have a precious resource.

Vigno has 12 founder wineries, representing a mix from the small to the very big. They are: Bravado Wines, De Martino, Garage Wine Co, Gillmore, Lomas de Cauquenes, Meli, Miguel Torres, Morande, Odfjell, Undurraga, Valdivieso and Viña Roja.

The rules for Vigno is that the wines must be made from at least 65% old, dry-farmed Carignan vines from Maule, with any balance being also old vine Maule fruit. The vines have to be unirrigated and head pruned bush vines (gobelet).

(Taken from: http://wineanorak.com/chile/vigno.htm)

The Wine: Vigno is a single-vineyard Carignan produced from a 70-year-old, dry-farmed, head-trained, and non-grafted vineyard called La Aguada situated in the Maule Valley. A beautiful, perfumed nose with elegant, yet rustic touches of cured meats, tree bark, smoke, ripe cherries, and subtle sweet baking spices. Aged 24 months in large neutral oak barrels, or foudres, this is a balanced, supple, meaty, delicious bottle of wine.  Drinkable now, but will cellar beautifully over the next 10 years.

The 2011 Vigno Single Vineyard La Aguada is a field blend ( 85% Carignan, and 15% Malbec and Cinsault) from an un-grafted, dry-farmed, head-pruned old vineyard called La Aguada in Sauzal, in the coastal mountain range in Maule, one of the closest Carignan plots to the Pacific Ocean in the region, which was planted with a mixture of approximately 90% Carignan and 10% other red varieties (Pais, Carmenere, Cinsault and Malbec) in 1955. It has a beautiful perfumed nose with elegant yet rustic touches of cured meats, tree bark, a touch of smoke, ripe cherries and subtle sweet spices with very good acidity, good tension, and delineated pure flavors. A yummy, supple, meaty, delicious bottle of wine, very drinkable and food-friendly. It’s drinking well now, but it should also age well. This is simply superb, elegant, fresh, balanced, a great expression of Carignan and the Maule. At this quality level this is a real bargain. Super! Drink now–2019.

Read more about this winery here: http://www.vigno.org/?page_id=668

Experts Rating: WA 95 Pts.

CV Members Rating: 90 Pts.

Price: $41

4.  CV members Rating (TBA)

Best Rated: 2010 Purple Angel Carmenere, Montes, Colchagua Valley – 91 Pts

Best value for Money: 2010.  Finnis Terrae Bordeaux style Blend, Cousiño- Macul, Maipo Valley – 91 Pts, $18

See detailed evaluation here: Summary of Tasting Scores 175 Chile

5. Regional Notes and Varieties Notes

Read about Chile wine here : Chilean wine1 (1)



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