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The Time and Date: Wednesday September 10, 2008 11AM to 1:30 PM
The Event: Media Preview Tasting of Wines of Chile, in advance of the October 1 show at the Fermentations in the Distillery District.
The Venue: Crush Wine Bar (downstairs)
The Target Audience: wine media
The Availability/Catalogue: all wines are available in the LCBO system except for two which were private orders.
The Quote: "Some amazing wines here
The Wines: some 50 wines were offered in a blind tasting. Sometimes we did not know the varietals.
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vina Cousino Macul Riesling Dona Isidora 2007, +57182, $11.95.
-Vina Amayna Chardonnay 2006 Leyda Valley, +76265 Vintages, $23.25.
-Vina Caliterra Carmenere Tributo 2006, $16.95 consignment (Calibrium).
-Vina Valdivieso Malbec Reserva 2006, $22.45 consignment (Carriage Trade)
-Vina Haras de Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc/Syrah Haras Elegance 2004, +640672 Vintages, $33.75.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vina MontGras Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2007 +58632, $11.95.
-Vina Maipo Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Especial 2008 +81216 Vintages Nov. 22, $16.95
-Vina Maipo Carmenere Reserva 2007 Rapel, $13.95 consignment (Select)
-Vina Botalcura Carmenere La Porfia Grand Reserve 2005, +61887, Vintages, $18.95.
-Vina Undurraga Carmenere Sibaris Reserva Especial 2007, +96602 Vintages, $15.95.
-Vina Cono Sur Pinot Noir Vision 2007, +689992 Vintages, $15.95.
-Vina Errazuriz Shiraz Max Reserva 2006, +614750, $17.75.
-Vina Haras de Pirque Cabernet Sauvignon/Carmenere Albis 2004, +579813 Vintages, $55.
-Vina Anakena Cabernet/Merlot/Carmenere ONA 2006, +59493, $17.95.
-Vina Valdivieso Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2005, +32110 Vintages, $17.95.
-Vina Requingua Cabernet Sauvignon Toro De Piedra Reserva 2006, +39362 Vintages, $14.95.
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vina Cono Sur Carmenere Vision 2007, +59360 Vintages, $15.95.
-Vina Cousino Macul Cabernet Sauvignon Antiguas Reservas 2006, +212993, $15.45.
-Vina MontGras Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2007, +619205, $12.20.
-Vina Miguel Torres Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Digna Reserve 2006, +177451 Vintages, $14.95.
The Food: basic gourmet sandwiches and salads from Crush.
The Downside: initially, there was no paper on which to write notes.
The Upside: relaxing, easy to focus on the task at hand, no one talking to me.
The Contact Person: email@example.com
The Effectiveness (numerical grade): 93.
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