Last night a group of bloggers got together, virtually, with Chilean Winemakers and Master Sommelier Fred Dexheimer for a night of Wine Tasting and a Q & A session. 12 wines were featured and Fred was actually in Chile sitting with the winemakers to discuss the wines. Most of us were at home. A select few were actually in Chile. I was envious of those in Chile until I found out they were put together in a separate room from the Wine Makers and Fred. So close. I enjoyed being at home in my lounge clothes on the couch.
There were 4 varietals so I'll break up the posts to feature each.
I'm, for the most part, a Red drinker. I occasionally enjoy a crisp white on hot Summer days. The weather here was in the 80's yesterday so the timing on these whites was Perfect.
Vina Casablanca Nimbus Single Vineyard 2012
Hand Picked Grapes. The selection of fruit is done in the vineyard to avoid oxidation.
~ Cold maceration for 4 hours at 50*
~ Fermented in stainless steel tanks with selected yeasts between 50-56* for 3 weeks
~ Battonage process for one month to achieve smooth texture
Tasting NotesNose: Nose is laden with minerality and dried lemons, characteristic of it's cool maritime climate
Palate: Firm acidity with notes of thyme and lime, and a lingering finish of tart apple.
San Pedro 1865 Single Vineyard 2011
HarvestHand Picked the last week of MarchVinification
~ Destemmed, cooled and macerated in the press for 4-6 hours at 46*
~ Alcoholic fermentation took place with selected yeasts and controlled temperatures between 51* and 53* under completely reductive conditions
Tasting NotesNose: Intense and delicate nose that stands out for it's freshness and complexity, mainly marked by citrus fruits such as grapefruit and lime, tropical fruits and mineral notes.
Palate: Fresh and fruity on the palate with extraordinary volume, minerality, well-marked acidity and lingering finish.My Thoughts... Crisp with lots of grape and grapefruit, hints of bell pepper and grass.
**Others thought this had an early hint of asparagus. I'm thinking I may need to work on allowing my palate to reach further.
Casa Silva Cool Coast 2011
Wine Maker's Notes
HarvestHand-picked between March 15- March 21
Vinification~ Grapes were cooled down below 41* upon arrival at the winery
~ Bunches were hand sorted before being pressed to select onl the best grapes
~ Whole bunches were crushed and the juice was immediately separated without maceration
~ Alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 24 days at 55*
~ Aged in 100% stainless steel tanks
Nose: Intense aromas of fresh Pineapple with citric notes
Palate: Firm with refreshing acidity and minerality with a very elegant and long finish.
My Thoughts... Zippy acidity with effervescence, hints of apple and lots of lime. Long Finish
**Best quote on this one from @vinegeek "Pineapple-y Lightsaber" Classic!
I really enjoyed all of these. The Nimbus was my favorite
Stay tuned for Part 2...
The Pinot Noir Collection