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Sancerre Blanc les Monts Damnes Andre Neveu 2007
From our "La Finca" Estate in the Apalta Valley (Santa Cruz D.O., a sub-denomination of Colchagua Valley). Aurelio evaluated releasing a full Carmenère wine, as we have pure Carmenère vines, but after many combinations decided that this blend of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Carmenère (specified as such in the main label) brought forward the best of both varieties. Aged in American oak and with only one soft filtering, it provides great value. With beautiful and intense ruby red color, it has a very elegant aroma with notes of chocolate, cigar box, coffee and also of vanilla and butterscotch. To the palate it is ample, full, of medium body, soft and generous, with a long aftertaste. Decanting is recommended for at least 30 minutes. It can be cellared for four years or enjoyed now. Denomination of Origin: Colchagua Valley.
Was really curious over the great reviews for the Purple Angels, but after buying one myself, found it to be just good, not legendary... had all the must-haves for a Carmenere though... pretty decent
Lightly herbal on the nose, very crisp and refreshing. A pretty tasty wine. Not screaming grassiness, but enough herbaceous-ness to be varietally true. The bottle had a trio of medals on it: International Winery of the year 2002 (W&S); 2002 Wine Personality of the year (Aurelio Montes - selected by the Chilean Agricultural Society) and New World Winery of the Year 2002 (WE).
Steely, flinty pineapple nose. Good acidity, not sour. Clean, true to varietal. Green taste. $16
Definitely Sauvignon Blanc. Big lemon and grapefruit, steely, dry. Light-medium body. Long. No oak. Pleasant summer dinner wine. $16
<Aroma> Dark Fruit, Oak <Mouth> Full, Sour, Dry
With our anniversary dinner, I picked a bottle of this on a whim and what a fantastic pick. The bottle is thick and heavy, something you want to take home and use as a weapon. The wine was decanted for about 45 minutes, deep, dark, a velvety purple that seemed to be screaming for something white to stain forever. It was an epic bottle of wine - the last glass was unreal having decanted for almost 2 hours. The fruit was big but balanced with a really nice acidity leaving the palette after swallowing but filling your head with this experience of smell, taste, and memories of that great Cuban cigar, berries from the farm stand, box woods and oak, and somehow blue skies and summer grass. We bought a half case of 2007 and a half case of 2009 and look forward to enjoying this for a few years to come.
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Lebendiger und nach dunklen Früchten und Gewürzen riechender Duft. Eleganter Wein mit ausgereifter Tanninne, die dem Wein Struktur und Griff verleiht. Im Gaumen bilden sich Geschmäcker von schwarzen Beeren.
This is a crisp and clean white Bordeaux that has a lovely mouth-filling texture and pithy fruit character. As much as we adore the lean and mineraled Loire Valley take on Sauvignon Blanc, we also enjoy this rounder style, which is unique to Bordeaux.
Pascal Cotat makes his Sancerre the old fashioned way- and the results are unparalleled. Of course if doesn't hurt that his vines are some of the oldest in the area. The wines are rich, dense, and mouthfilling with none of the lean character normally associated with appellation.
From 1947 until the early 1990s, the Cotat family made one cuvee of each wine, whether under the Francis Cotat label or the Paul Cotat label. Same wine, two labels. The French government then interceded, deciding it illegal for two “independent growers” to combine their production to make single cuvees of a wine in a shared cellar. Brothers Francis and Paul decided to retire and turn their vineyards over to their sons, Pascal (son of Francis) and Francois (son of Paul). Pascal and Francois separated their production in order to avoid the same problems their fathers had experienced. Francois continues to operate in the family cellar while Pascal has recently built new cellars. Today the cousins produce their wines in separate cellars, but each still practices the same traditional winemaking techniques mastered by their fathers.
The 2007 Purple Angel is a blend of Carmenere and Petit Verdot that might be the only competition for Terrunyo s Carmin de Peumo for top Carmenere-based wine in Chile. Purple/black in color, it displays a splendid nose of exotic spices, herbs, lavender, incense, blueberry, and blackberry.
Viña MontGras, in Chile’s Colchagua Valley, was established in 1992 by brothers Hernán and Eduardo Gras, together with their partner Cristián Hartwig. The fruit of a mission to produce estate-grown wines of exceptional quality and originality, the MontGras estate today encompasses over 200 hectares planted to vine in the heart of Chile’s wine-producing region. Since the first harvest in the early 1990s, MontGras wines have earned over 200 medals and awards worldwide, garnering international critical acclaim. Santiago Margozzini serves as head winemaker. Production Area Leyda Valley in San Antonio Valley, Chile Grape Varieties 100% Sauvignon Blanc Vinification Grapes are hand harvested in late February to mid-March. Maceration for 8 to 12 hours. Free-run juice undergoes a light pressing before a long, cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Color Pale straw with gold reflections Bouquet Delicate, youthful aromas of citrus and melon mingled with subtle herbal and grassy notes Taste Crispy and juicy, this wine is well balanced and mouth filling, with refreshing citrus fruit flavors, a racy acidity, and lingering finish Alcohol 13.5% Serving Suggestions Delicious with seafood dishes, sushi, sashimi, oysters, leafy green salads, pasta salads, pork chops and grilled vegetables and soft cheeses.
WA 94pts. - According to the Wine Advocate: The 2007 Purple Angel is a blend of Carmenere and Petit Verdot that might be the only competition for Terrunyo s Carmin de Peumo for top Carmenere-based wine in Chile. Purple/black in color, it displays a splendid nose of exotic spices, herbs, lavender, incense, blueberry, and blackberry. Dense, chewy, and opulent on the palate, this is a rich, already complex offering that is meant strictly for pleasure-seekers. Enjoy it from 2013-2022.
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