Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wines of Chile live blogger tasting -- what we tasted

After the group portrait, a few details on the sauvignon blancs and chardonnays that we paired (well, some of us did) with our seafood, citrus chili pepper, citrus salt, and our Olave Chilean olive oil.

2011 Casa Silva "Cool Coast" sauvignon blanc; retail, about $25.

2011 Vina Los Vascos sauvignon blanc, Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild, retail, about $14.

2011 Cono Sur Vision Single Vineyard Sauvignon blanc, retail, about $15

2011 Vina Casablanca Nimbus Single Vineyard sauvignon blanc, retail, about $13

2011 Veramonte Ritual sauvignon blanc, retail, about $18.

(Missing here: 2010 Santa Rita Medalla Real chardonnay, retail, about $18. Mine tasted peculiar.)

2010 De Martino Legado Reserva chardonnay, retail, about $16.

2009 Concha Y Toro Marques de Casa Concha chardonnay, retail, about $19.

Briefly: note the 2011 vintages of the sauvignon blancs. "Vibrant young fruitiness" is the grape's "strong suit," as Jancis Robinson says (Jancis Robinson's Wine Course), which means it usually doesn't spend the months in oak barrels that chardonnays tend to do, and so comes quick and delectably fresh-tasting to the market. Our last wine of the evening, by contrast, Marques Casa Concha chardonnay, actually boasted the year 2009 on its label. Note also the relatively modest price points on all the wines -- though some bloggers balked at the $25 suggested for Casa Silva's Cool Coast sauvignon blanc, the first one out of the box. Perhaps the nice people at Wines of Chile wanted to dispense with any sticker shock right away. Besides, a Domaines Barons de Rothschild sauvignon blanc immediately following at about $14 begins to soothe the nerves, doesn't it?

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