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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Wines of Chile Toronto '12 Trade tasting Oct 2/2012 at ROM
The Date and Time:Tuesday, October 2, 2012 to
The Event: Wines of Chile Toronto '12 (trade tasting and seminar)
The Venue: ROM, Peter Bronfman room
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines are at the LCBO, some are in progress, others are private order.
The Quote/Background: The seminar (which was overflowing, although I spotted three "wasteful" vacancies) featured nine sustainable wines with at least one that was organic There was a speaker for each wine plus an introduction to the sustainability code which has been in effect since January 2012. Twenty wineries now subscribe to this code which is voluntary. My rankings have been folded into the listings below. Sales of all Chilean wines in Ontario grew by 11% (volume) and 12% (value) in 2011 over 2010.
The Wines: I did not try all the wines (see Vina Maipo above and Concha y Toro at last month)
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Aboleda Syrah 2010 Aconcagua, $19.95
-Aboleda Sena 2008 Aconcagua, $99.95 +520551
-Caliterra Cenit Colchagua 2008, $59.95 +143917
-Cousino Macul Finis Terrae White Maipo
-Emiliana Signos de Origen Chardonnay Viognier, Marsanne, Rousanne Casablanca 2011, $19.95 +63909
-Montgras Intriga Maipo 2009, $21.95
-Morande House of Morande 2007 Maipo, $54.95
-Vistamar Late Harvest Moscatel 2012 Limari, $10 375mL
-Santa Ema Amplus Carignan 2009 Cachapoal, $29.95
-Montes Purple Angel 2010 Colchagua, $54 +62364
-San Esteban In Situ Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Aconcagua, $16.95 +76281
-Maquis Lien Colchagua 2006, $19.95 +292250
-De Martino Single Vineyard Chardonnay Quebrada Seca 2010 Limari, $24.95
-De Martino Single Vineyard Syrah Alto Los Toros 2008 Elqui, $34.95
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Via Oveja Negra Single Vineyard Carmenere Maule 2011, $15.5 +302646
-Emiliana Signos de Origen Cab Sauvignon 2009 Maipo, $21.95
-Cono Sur Organic Chardonnay 2011 San Antonio, $11.95 +230565
-San Pedro 35 South Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot Central, $12.95 +218859
-De Martino Nuevo Mundo Cabernet/Malbec Reserve 2010 Maipo, $15.95
The Food: Daniel et Daniel did the catering: we had cheeses, charcuterie, skewered pecan chicken, veggies and dips, breads, biscuits, pates, terrines, and three kinds of empanadas (seafood, chicken, beef).
The Downside: the seminar went on too long.
The Upside: the special tables for tasting wines (prize winners, sustainability, licensee selections, seminar wines).