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Friday, November 13, 2009

Oct 7/09 Event: Chilean Wine Festival trade tasting

The Time and Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009   2PM to 4:30PM
The Event: Chilean Wine Festival trade tasting
The Venue: Fermenting Cellar, Distillery District
The Target Audience: wine trade
The Availability/Catalogue: most wines are here, or will be here.
The Quote/Background: the venue, as in other years, was dark. This
might be appropriate at night, but at the trade show, I want to see
what I taste.
The Wines: I had already tasted some 41 wines in September, and I list
the highlights here –
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Vina Sena Arboleda Chardonnay 2008 Casablanca, Vintages,
-Vina Emiliana Organico Novas Winemaker's Selection
Chardonnay/Viognier/Marsanne 2007 Casablanca, $18.95
Vintages +63909 March 2010
***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,
-Vina Nativa Gran Reserva Single Vineyard Cabernet
Sauvignon 2006 Maipo (organic), +975359, $19.99 Vintages
Dec 5, 2009.
At the trade show, then, these were my scores; I did not taste every
**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Botalcura Cayao Icon Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2003 Rapel, $49.95 HHD
-Caliterra Cenit Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Petit Verdot 2006 Colchagua,
$67 +143917 Vintages
-Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon 2007, $19.95
Vintages +337238
-Vina Maipo Limited Edition Syrah 2006 Maipo, $29.95 Select
-Perez Cruz Quelen Petit Verdot/Cot/Carmenere 2006 Maipo, $55 Charton
-Santa Rita Pehuen Carmenere 2005 Apalta, $54.95 Mark Anthony
-Terra Andina Suyai Cabernet Franc/Carmenere/Cabernet Sauvignon 2007
Colchagua, $29.95 Mark Anthony
-Undurraga Terroir Hunter Syrah 2007 Limari, $27.95 Azureau
-Valdivieso Caballo Loco no. 10 Bordeaux Blend Central Valley, +59147,
$44 Vintages
-Viu Manent Viu 1 Malbec/Petit Verdot 2007 Colchagua Valley, $86.25
Churchill Cellars.
***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Botalcura La Porfia Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005, $22.95 HHD
-Botalcura La Porfia Grand Reserve Carmenere 2006, $22.95 HHD Imports
-Caliterra Tributo Edicion Limitada Carmenere/Malbec 2006 Colchagua,
$24.95 +143487 Vintages
-Carta Vieja G7 Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2007 Maule, $17.95 Small
-Vina Chocalan Gran Reserva Malbec 2006 Maipo, $27.25 Vintages
-Concha y Toro Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2007, +342857 $17.95
-Vina Maipo Gran Devocion Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah 2007, $18.95 Select
-Vina Montes Purple Angel Carmenere 2006 Colchagua, $49.95 +62364
-Valdivieso Reserva Chardonnay 2007, +981621 $17.95 Vintages
-Veramonte Primus Red Blend 2006 Colchagua, +712463 $24.95 Vintages
*** Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Luis Felipe Edwards Dona Bernarda Red Blend 2006 Colchagua, $34.95
The Food: pulled pork appetizers, cured salmon on plaintain, cheeses
(including a creamy gorgonzola), both beef and chicken empanadas.
The Downside: the show was too short. I never finished, and that was
just tasting the wines I wanted to taste – never mind the others.
The Upside: the first hour and a half had light attendance, so I could
The Contact Person:
The Marketing Effectiveness (numerical grade): 85.

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