South American Wines

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Summer is the slow season when it comes to trade tastings. September is looking like it will be a bountiful month for the drinking of the juice. Fortunately at this time of year, there are still some consumer events to keep the palate fine tuned. On Tuesday I attended a tasting at Vino Versity wine shop located at 1657 first avenue. The theme was South American wines and they poured a couple of dozen whites and reds. While I wasn’t blown away by anything particular wine, it was a fun evening.

With the whites, the 2012 Cucao Winery Pedro Ximenez (Chile) was something different, anytime I’ve had this grape in the past it’s been as a sweet sherry. This one was dry with a nose of bread dough and white flowers with some of the dough components on the fruit and was crisp and very drinkable.

2011 Michel Torrino “Cuma” Organic Torrentes (Argentina) had a big sweet, nose of cinnamon and lychee with grapefruit notes with good acid and grapefruit peel on the finish.

2012 Pulenta Estate Pinot Gris (Argentina) had some nice weight to it for a Pinot with a nose of white flowers with some earth notes on the finish.

2012 DeMartino Legado Reserva Chardonnay (Chile) had a nose of very ripe melons and white flowers and was tight and lemony with good balance and some heat at the end.

With the reds, the 2011 Vina Tabali Reserva Carmenare (Chile) was black in color with a perfume of crushed black berries and mint with chewy, bacony and meaty notes on the young fruit with some tartness at the end.

2012 Casarena “505” Malbec  (Argentina) was dark purple in the glass with a nose of herbs and red flowers with firm fruit of leather and meat with a long finish.

2011 Bodega Bouza Reserva Tannat (Urugauy) was black in color and was chunky, chewy, dusty and smoky.

2010 Ruca Malen Reserva Petit Verdot (Argentina) was black and concentrated with hints of herbs and black currents and was nicely balanced.

2012 Pulenta “Lar Flor” Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina) was dark purple in the glass with a nose of bell pepper and crushed blackberries with chewy fruit and black licorice and bell pepper notes on the finish.

2010 DeMartino Lagado Reserva Syrah (Chile) was black with a nose of ripe flowers and sweet cherries and was meaty and tight with firm acids.

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