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What do you think about Chilean wines?

Posted by Gonzalita, Oct 16, 2009.

Hi guys,
Surfing around I found this great wine site. As a latina, born in Chile, I would say I got carmenere running in my veins, hehe, but I do enjoy wines from all over the world. When I studied in California I remember tasting fabulous wines and living close to the Mediterranean does have advantages. Anyhow, I didn't find many comments about Chilean wine when surfing around here, but I might have missed information. It would be very interesting to hear your opinions about it.

Have a superfab Friday!

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Reply by BronxYankee, Oct 16, 2009.

One of the better Chilean wines I've tasted is the Anakena Reserva Cab 2008. Although still quite young, it showed some serious body with hints of chocolate and cassis. I enjoyed it with a very good marinated flatiron steak right off the grill. Very good!

Reply by dmcker, Oct 16, 2009.

Lots of good wines from Chile, and they don't get enough attention here at Snooth, I agree. I proposed a while back to GregDP that he do a closeup on some. Let's see if your thread will help things along further. ;-)

Where in the Mediterranean are you located now? Spain, or...

Reply by Charles Emilio, Oct 16, 2009.

Chilean wine is excellent. Miles ahead of their Neighbour argentina in my opinion even though Argentina seems to gaining more market share in a lot of places.

Chile such a great location to grow grapes.

Reply by dmcker, Oct 16, 2009.

Agree with you, Charles, about the comparison to Argentina, though there are some good wines from that side of the Andes, too.

Reply by Gonzalita, Oct 17, 2009.

Many thanks for the recommendations and answers! And about the comparison with the Argentinian wine, I don't know, I'm not an expert, just think both countries do great wine with totallt different styles. And I love a full, Argentunian Malbec while listening to Argentinian old school tango.

I'm actually located in Sweden, but it's just a couple of hours away from fabulous European winemaking countries.

Have a great week end!

Reply by dmcker, Oct 17, 2009.

Tango to Malbec. A title for a movie, or a book or a poem, perhaps.

How do you find it promoting Chilean wine in northern Europe?

Reply by Philip James, Oct 17, 2009.

Chilean wine is very popular in the UK. No idea about Sweden though - aren't all the stores government run? How easy is it to secure retail there?

Reply by Gonzalita, Oct 17, 2009.

Writing about Chilean wines in northern Europe is great! Chilean wines are very popular here, well known for great quality at wallet friendly prices. And there is a demand for more information about the wines, the vineyards, the people behind the wines, etc.

Hehe, nope, all stores are not run by the government - although there have been a lot of monopolies, like with the pharmacies. But now it's changing. It has not changed with alcoholic beverages though, you can still only shop them at Systembolaget, which is run by the state. But it seems that with the EU that monopoly will have an end as well.

Reply by wlstiles3, Oct 17, 2009.

Root:1 Cabernet is one of my favorites. Hear good things about the Montes 07 Cab, but haven't gotten my hands on any yet. I really liked the Veramonte Reserva Merlot and the Concha y Toro Casillero Del Diablo Cabernet. Any suggestions?

Reply by Eric Guido, Oct 18, 2009.

I'd love to learn more about these wines. I've tasted a few but wouldn't know the difference between Chilean or Argentinian. Maybe a topic of study for my 2010 drinking.

PS: Welcome to snooth Gonzalita

Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Oct 18, 2009.

I recently attended a tasting with Marcelo Papa, winemaker for Concha y Toro. He introduced the latest wines from Conch y Toro, which come from the Limari valley region in northen Chile. Excellent wines, really something special about them.

So yes i enjoy Chilean wines.

And Welcome to Snooth Gonzalita.

Reply by Gonzalita, Oct 18, 2009.

Many thanks for the welcome!

How exciting with the Limari wines Gregory, I've heard lots about them but haven't tasted any of them - yet.

Had a really nice wine from Cachapoal at this evenings family dinner: Lagar de Bezana Aluvión Gran Reserva 2006, D.O Cachapoal, a blend of Carmenere Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Syrah. Peppery and aromatic, with hints of chocolate and figs, and very, very dark in colour. Delish!

Reply by micklosky, Oct 19, 2009.

That does sound good. I love Chilean wine. I have spent a few months in Brasil, and there it is extremely popular. I would love to try more of them.

Reply by John Andrews, Oct 19, 2009.

Late to this thread but I'm loving Chilean wines but have not really had an opportunity to try many. Always looking for recommendations.

@Gonzalita ... welcome aboard and hope you'll share with us more about Chilean wines!

Reply by Gonzalita, Oct 19, 2009.

And nice to hear that the Chilean wines have good reputation. And I can imagine that you guys in the US must have loads to choose from, whereas here in Sweden, with a much smaller population, the range is, although very good, for obvious reasons more limited.

Am looking forward to hear more abut the Chilean wines you come across, have written down your recommendations.

Reply by Santa Adega, Oct 21, 2009.

As a Brazilian, I have easy access to A LOT of chilean wine.
Its the most consumed origin in Brazil ahead of argentina.

Concha y toro is a wolrdwide brand that has some great wines, such as Marques de Casa Concha (Tasted a 2006 and it was just great) and Don Melchor (2004 is superb)
Last week I was presented a Montes Alpha Syrah 2005 and i found it excellent .
Im really looking forward to taste Montes Alpha M and Folly

For a daily basis I'm always with a Santa Carolina bottle, reserva or reserva da familia .
Love the Pinot Noir and Carmenere respectively.

Reply by cigarman168, Oct 21, 2009.

Welcome to snooth Gonzalita.

I love Chilean wines also and actually they are very popular in Hong Kong. Should be ranking one of the top Five market share in Hong Kong as they are value for money.

For me I like much the Almaviva, and I still keep 6 bottles of year 1998 and 2000.

Almaviva has another name in Chinese by the distributors as "智利酒王", translate in English means "King of Chilean wines". While Almaviva is Spanish name, I believe you know the meaning, what can I translate is "Expanding soul". It is started to joint produce by Conecha y Toro and Baron Philippe de Ruthschild in 1995, mixing the native culture of and France elegant wine making technique.

Montes, Sol De Chile are also another Chile brand that I like, .

Reply by Gonzalita, Oct 22, 2009.

I love this forum!
Many thanks for the welcome and how cool to hear about the popularity of the Chilean wines in Brazil (obrigado!) and Hong Kong! Very exciting!

Reply by amour, Oct 22, 2009.

Dear Gonzalita,
I have had great Chilean wines all over the world!
I particularly like the best of the CONCHA Y TORO.

Reply by cevalenzuela, Oct 22, 2009.


I'm from Mexico and run a Wine Magazine. Curiously we are preparing a Chile Special for the next issue, so I've been tasting a lot of Chilean wines lately (like 25 in one week). IMHO they are really good, well balanced, market ready wines, and with a very good quality/price relation. In most cases they are safe bets, very classic, like Concha y Toro, La Rosa, Santa Rita. And then there are some excellent premium wines that just astonished me with their potency, fullness and balance. Examples: Don Melchor (Concha y toro), Neyén (Apalta), Microterroir (Casa Silva, Colchagua), and the exceptional Don Reca.

Congratulations to all wine professionals in Chile because you are doing a really really really good job!


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