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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Sept 27/11 -- Wines of Chile Annual Tasting

The Time and Date: Tuesday, September 27, 2011  12:30 PM to 5 PM

The Event: Wines of Chile Annual Tasting

The Venue: Royal Ontario Museum, Bronfman Room

The Target Audience: wine trade

The Availability/Catalogue: wines are available in various LCBO distribution channels (General, Vintages, Consignment, Private, online, discoveries, etc.). The catalogue was nicely put together with the primer basics of the Chilean wine industry, separate pages for each of the 33 wineries (with full contact details on websites, agencies, names, vintages, prices, and so forth).

The Quote/Background: There was a seminar at 12:30 which presented 14 natural and/or organic wines for tasting and discussion. Many principals attended at this major fair.

The Wines: There were some 250 wines. I did not taste them all.


**** Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Sena Arboleda 2007 Aconcagua, $84.95 (Lifford)

-Caliterra Cenit 2008 Conchagua, $59.95

-El Principal 2006 Maipo Alto, $74.95 (Churchill)

-Emiliana Coyam 2008 Colchagua, $29.95 (Diamond Estates)

-Emiliana Winemaker's Selection Chardonnay/Marsanne/Viognier Colchagua, $19.95  (Diamond Estates)

-Errazuriz Don Maximiano Founders Reserve 2007 Aconcagua, $79.95 (Dandurand)

-Montes Purple Angel 2009 Colchagua, $49.95 (Sylvestre)

-Montes Purple Angel 2007 Colchagua, $49.95 (Sylvestre)

-Carmen Nativa Terra Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Curico, $11.95 (Charton Hobbs)

-Altair 2005 Cachapoal, $65  Vintages

-Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Maipo, $15.50 (Wine World)

-Viu Manent Yali Wetland Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Lolol Calchagua, $12.95 (Churchill)

-Conch y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Maipo, $79.95 (Select)

-Concha y Toro Maycas del Limari Reserva Especial Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Limari, $19.95 (Select)

-Luis Felipe Edwards Dona Barnarda 2008 Colchagua, $34.95

-Palo Alto Winemaker's Edition Syrah-Merlot-Cabernet Sauvignon-Cabernet Franc-Malbec 2009 Maule, $18.95


***1/2 Three and a Half Stars (8890 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Apaltagua Grial 2007 Colchagua, $49.95 (Churchill)

-Arboleda Chardonnay 2010 Casablanca, $15.95 (Lifford)

-Carmen Nativa Gran Reserva Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Organic Maipo, $19.95 (Charton Hobbs)

-Casa del Bosque Syrah Gran Reserva 2010 Casablanca, $19.95 (Kylix)

-Cono Sur Organic Chardonnay 2011 San Antonio, $11.95 (Authentic)

-Cousino Macul Finis Terrae 2008 Maipo, $37.95 (Wine World)

-Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas Chardonnay 2010 Maipo, $14.95 (Wine World)

-El Principal Memorias 2007 Maipo Alto, $34.95 (Churchill)

-Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Aconcagua, $17.95 (Dandurand)

-Loma Larga Cabernet Franc 2008 Casablanca, $23 (Trilogy)

-Loma Larga Cabernet Franc 2007 Casablanca, $23 Vintages

-Luis Felipe Edwards LFE 900 Blend 2008 Colchagua, $29.95 (Noble Estates)

-Maipo Limited Edition Syrah 2009 Maipo, $29.95 (Select)

-Maquis Lien 2008 Colchagua, $29.95 (Don Ackerman)

-Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2010 Casablanca, $19.95 (Sylvestre)

-Montes Alpha Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Colchagua, $19.95 (Sylvestre)

-Emiliana Winemaker's Selection Syrah-Mourvedre 2007 Los Robles, $18.95 Vintages

-Casa Lapostolle Borobo 2009, $99  Vintages

-Concha y Toro Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc 2009 Casablanca, $29.95  (Select)

-Cono Sur 20 Barrels Limited Edition Merlot 2009 Colchagua

-Amaral Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Leyda, $14.95 (Kirkwood)

-San Pedro Castillo de Molina Chardonnay Central Valley, $14.95 (Diamond Estates)

-Santa Carolina Reserva de Familia Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Maipo, $17.95 (Charton Hobbs)

-Siegel Crucero Reserva Syrah 2010 Colchagua, $13.99 (J Cipelli)

-Via Chilcas Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Vergina)

-Via Oveja Negra Chardonnay-Viognier Reserva 2009 Maule, $12.95 (Vergina)

-Via Chilensis Lazuli 2009 Maule, $19.95 (Vergina)

-Viu Manent Yali Wetland Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere 2010 Colchagua, $12.95 (Churchill)

-Carmen Gran Reserva El Penasco Vineyard Carmenere 2009 Apalta Colchagua, $17.75

-Emiliana Winemaker's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 Maipo, $19.95 (Diamond Estates)

-Luis Felipe Edwards Marea Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Leyda, $24.95

-Maipo Gran Devocion 2009 Maule, $18.95

-Perez Cruz Limited Edition Cot 2009 Maipo, $19.95

-Santa Carolina Barrica Selection Chardonnay 2009 Casablanca, $13.95

-Siegel Gran Crucero Limited Edition 2009 Colchagua, $30

-Ventisquero Grey Single Block Carmenere 2009 Maipo, $22.95


*** Three Stars (8587 in Quality/Price Rating terms):

-Apaltagua Signature Maipo, $24.95 (Churchill)

-Arboleda Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Aconcagua, $15.95 (Lifford)

-Casa del Bosque Chardonnay Reserva 2010 Casablanca, $14.95 (Kylix)

-Cono Sur Sparkling Brut NV Bio Bio, $13.95 (Authentic)

-Dos Andes Veranda Chardonnay 2009 Negrete and Bio Bio, $18.95 (Impresse)

-El Principal Calicanto 2009 Maipo Alto, $17.95 (Churchill)

-Emiliana Adobe Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Casablanca, $12.95 (Diamond Estates)

-Emiliana Adobe Chardonnay 2011 Casablanca, $12.95 (Diamond Estates)

-Emiliana Noyas Viognier 2010 Casablanca, $14.95 (Diamond Estates)

-Errazuriz Max Reserva Syrah 2009 Aconcagua, $17.95 (Dandurand)

-Errazuriz Estate Pinot Noir Wild Ferment Casablanca, $13.95 (Dandurand)

-Loma Larga Malbec 2009 Casablanca, $21.95 (Trilogy)

-Mont Gras Antu Cabernet Sauvignon Carmenere 2009 Colchagua, $16.95 (Kirkwood)

-San Esteban Laguna del Inca 2009 Aconcagua, $22.95 (MCO)

-Mont Gras Antu Ninquen Syrah 2009 Colchagua, $16.95 (Kirkwood)

-Mont Gras Intriga 2008 Maipo, $21.95 (Kirkwood)

-Dos Andes Veranda Pinot Noir Cuvee Millerandage Bio Bio, $58 (Impresse)

-San Estaban In Situ Chardonnay 2010 Aconagua, $12.95 (MCO)

-San Esteban In Situ Syrah Eco-Farming 2010 Aconagua, $12.95 (MCO)

-San Esteban In Situ Cabernet Sauvignon Eco-Farming 2010 Aconagua, $14.95 (MCO)

-Santa Carolina Reserva Moscato 2011 Elqui (Charton Hobbs)

-Ventisquero Vertice Carmenere-Syrah 2007 Apalta Colchagua, $39.95 (RKW Imports)

-Via Oveja Negra The Lost Barrel 2008 Maule, $24.95 (Vergina)

-Via Chilcas Red One 2008 Maule, $29.95 (Vergina)

-Via Chilcas Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2010

-San Pedro 35 South Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot B.O. Central Valley, $12.95

-Maipo Protegido Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo 2008, $49.95

-Perez Cruz Limited Edition Syrah 2009 Maipo, $19.95

-San Pedro Castillo de Molina Shiraz 2009 Central Valley, $14.95

-Santa Carolina Barrica Selection Carmenere 2009 Rapel, $14.95

-Santa Rita Reserva Chardonnay 2010 Casablanca, $13.95

-Siegel Crucero Reserva Carmenere 2010 Colchagua, $13.99

-Ventisquero Pangea Apalta Vineyards Syrah 2007 Colchagua, $39.95



The Food: there were international cheese and charcuterie, breads, biscuits, warm appetizers such as mini-empanadas (beef, chicken), pate, sushi. They were all replenished from time to time.

The Downside: I had to run off at 3:30 to go to another tasting.

The Upside: I appreciated the seminar because it gave me more time to taste Chilean wines before leaving to go to another tasting (see below). Also, there were special booths with special wines meant for licensees, award winners, and more natural-organic wines to taste.

The Contact Person:

The Marketing Effectiveness/Execution of the Event(numerical grade):90.

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