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The Time and Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 11AM to 2PM
The Event: Wines of Chile Preview Media Tasting
The Venue: Crush Wine Bar
The Target Audience: wine writers
The Availability/Catalogue: with the exception of a couple of items in the Consignment program, all wines were available (or will be) via Vintages or the LCBO General listings.
The Quote/Background: we were served seven blind flights of wine, arranged by grape variety. 42 wines were tasted, and all will be in the Chilean wine show, October 7, Fermenting Cellar.
The Wines: Here are my rankings --
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vina Sena Arboleda Chardonnay 2008 Casablanca, Vintages, $15.95
-Vina Emiliana Organico Novas Winemaker's Selection Chardonnay/Viognier/Marsanne 2007 Casablanca, $18.95 Vintages +63909 March 2010 [nobody could verify if the year will be 2007 or 2008]
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vina Montes Limited Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2008 Leyda Valley, +32060, $14.95
-Vina Veramonte Reserva Chardonnay 2007 Casablanca, +49443 Vintages, $14.95, Oct 24/09
-Vina Casa Tamaya Reserva Syrah 2007 Limari, +135418, $15.85
-Vina Nativa Gran Reserva Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Maipo (organic), +975359, $19.99 Vintages Dec 5, 2009.
*** Three Stars (85 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vina Anakena Single Vineyard Viognier 2009 Rapel, Consignment (Kylix), $14.95
-Vina Cono Sur Viognier 2008 Colchagua, LCBO $9.95
-Vina Santa Carolina Barrica Selection Chardonnay 2007 Casablanca, +981621, $17.95.
-Vina Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay 2008 Maipo, +730044, $14.95 Feb 2010
-Vina Veramonte Reserva Pinot Noir 2008 Casablanca, +134973, $15.95
-Vina Errazuriz Max Reserva Shiraz 2007 Aconcagua, +614750, $17.95
-Vina Maipo Reserva Carmenere 2008 Rapel, $12.95 Vintages
-Vina Terra Andina Reserva Carmenere 2007 Rapel, $13.95, +128637
-Vina Emiliana Organico Novas Limited Selection Carmenere/Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Colchagua, +14.95 Vintages
-Vina Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Aconcagua, $17.95 Vintages
-Vina Sena Arboleda Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Aconcagua, $17.95 Vintages.
-Vina Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Colchagua, +322586, $19.95.
-Vina Concha y Toro Winemaker's Lot 115 Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Maule, Vintages +30965, $17.95.
-Vina Undurraga Founder's Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Maipo, +726646 Vintages, $36.95.
The Food: gourmet, upscale sandwiches.
The Downside: too many writers turned up late, so we started late. Boo
The Upside: good cross-selection of Chilean wines.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 87.
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