Category Archives: Colchagua Valley

2005 Maquis Lien Colchagua Chile

maquis_lienInteresting Chilean blend of Syrah, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, and Malbec. However, very tight out of the bottle, it got better every hour it was opened, even kicking some serious butt the second day. Inky black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium intensity, black cherry, plum, leather, spice, bell pepper, tar, wet tobacco, and damp earth, with modest oak. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, plummy, leathery, spice laden red blend that got better every sip. With medium tannins, medium acidity, this wine was still kind of wound up and might take some time to reveal all that it has to offer.    

2006 Montes Purple Angel Carmenere Colchagua Valley

Black purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ maybe even high intensity, black currant, black cherry, cedar, spice, loaded with bell pepper, dark chocolate, tobacco leaf, some oak, and some earth. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium+ body, nice acidity, very interesting array of flavors that are harmonious and intriguing, on a…Continue Reading

2003 Montes Folly Chile

An amazing tasting at work the other day. Three vintages of this 100% Syrah from the Apalta Vineyard. Garnet in color. On the nose, evolving, muted nose, medium- intensity, leather, dust, black raspberry, blueberry, blackberry, black pepper, slight earth, and definite oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, beautiful luscious palate,…Continue Reading

2004 Montes Folly Chile

100% Syrah from the Apalta Vineyard, with purple to garnet color. On the nose, youthful but starting to evolve, medium+ intensity, very creamy red and black fruit, licorice, bees wax, crayola crayon, lots of dust, tobacco leaf, cracked pepper, some oak, and slight earth. On the palate, dry, medium intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, seamless,…Continue Reading

2006 Montes Folly Chile

100% Syrah from the Apalta Vineyard, with very purple color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, red currants, black pepper, leather, tobacco, lots of fruit, moderate amounts of oak, and no earth to speak of. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium+ body, medium acidity, candied red fruit, leather, loaded with spices,…Continue Reading

2006 Root 1 Cabernet Sauvignon Colchagua Chile

Nice garnet color. On the nose, youthful, medium+ intensity, plum, raspberry, cranberry, pomegranate, compost, herbs, ash, pencil shavings, menthol, slate earthiness, and subtle use of oak. On the palate, dry, medium+ intensity, medium tannin, medium acidity, black currants, cherry, minerality, with a moderate finish. I called this Cab Franc from Loire from a ripe vintage.…Continue Reading