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Viu Manent – 7/12/2011

Segreto Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Casablanca)
Combines herbaceousness and tropicality, juicy fig kiwi and guava, nice herb and spice, great varietal character.

Segreto Viognier 2011
Lighter colour and body, freshness of fruit, texture and a bit of volume, nice white florals.

Segreto Pinot Noir 2010 (Casablanca)
Nice dark sweet fruit, nice soft full yet light, dark fruits.

Segreto Carmenere 2010
Nice soft plump dark fruits, good length and balance, mellow yet structured, nice firm and supple tannins.

Segreto Malbec 2010
Spicier and brighter, more intense yet lighter.

Gran Reserva Malbec 2010
Perfect example of blending, powerful depth, velvety rich and structured, sumptuous and supple.

Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Bold tannins and structure, not heavy, great tannins, long living, age of vines impacts.

Single Vineyard Malbec 2010
Extremely intense, very fruity and youthful, still new-world exuberance.

Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Lovely dusty earthy, full bodied yet dark, really beautiful juicy and dark, amazing depth and soft, generous tannins.

El Incidente Single Vineyard Carmenere 2009
Good structure but a little hot, intensity and balance, not enough vibrancy.

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Emiliana – 5/12/2011

Adobe Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Nice tropical lime and coconut husk. Very tight crisp acidity, zesty bright and fresh, citrus and apples.

Adobe Gewurztraminer 2011 (Rapel Valley)
Very musky rose water turkish delight. Good viscosity and texture, not heavy but fresh and clean, good balance and liveliness.

Signos de Origen Chardonnay Viognier Marsanne Roussanne 2010
Coconut & lime milk, extremely bright. Very sharp and tight, fresh citrus apricot and spice, a tad acidic and disjointed.

Novas Gran Reserva Pinot Noir 2010
Quite closed nose, fairly dark and intense, a tad dark and bruised, hard to pick out fruit.

Novas Carmenere Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 (Colchagua)
Nice dark cranberry spice, incredibly well balanced, nice dark fruit and firm tannins.

Coyam Syrah Carmenere Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Mouvedre Petit Verdot 2009
Great depth of flavour and complexity, quite intense and young, very interesting blend, harmonious and hard to pick varieties.

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Veramonte – 5/12/2011

Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Nice bright fresh tropicals, good acidity and zesty minerals. Quite concentrated yet light, slightly grassy passionfruit, pleasant balance, not simple but unpretentious.

Chardonnay Reserva 2009
Good expressive peach citrus, lees contact adds dimension. Hints of toffee and lightly oaked, good peach apricot fruit, hints of tropical, balanced without weight or oak.

Ritual Sauvignon Blanc 2008
More subdued, complexity of green fruit and spice. Zesty and fresh for age, holding together very well, slightly woody talcy complexity.

Pinot Noir Reserva 2009
Robust dark cherry nose, slight black forest cake. Nice balance of fruit ripeness, soft mellowness yet not simple fruit.

Ritual Pinot Noir 2009
Juicy slight clove spice, more refined and restrained. Savoury gamey red cherry currants, better for aging.

Merlot Reserva 2009
Bright violet blackcurrants, perfumed and dark. Juicy broad and soft, very smoky toasted oak, a bit of structure and balance, but pretty basic.

Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2009
Very good soft structure, not heavy, very mellow, fantastic balance of tannins, pleasant full and soft.

Carmenere Reserva 2009
More elegant and subtle nose. Good acidity and structure, tannins disappear nicely, very bright and tight, length but clean finish.

Primus 2007
Darker earthier mellow notes, velvety tannins, soft delicate nose, great depth and spectacular for the price.

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William Cole Chile – 5/12/2011

Mirador Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Lovely tropical passionfruit, bright aromatics with slight herb. Light pleasant fruit, not full or concentrated, a little too simple.

Colombine Special Reserve Sauvignon Blanc 2011
More fig skin and guava, more concentrated herb nose. Texture and mouthfeel, fuller richer weight, still not heavy, a bit of length, good drinking.

Bill Chardonnay 2008
A tad overwrought, interesting banana fritters, slight tropical pineapple. Texture without weight, a little butter and cream, good minerality and balance, nice length.

Colombine Pinot Noir 2010
Dark spicy cherry, nice earthiness and intrigue. Good balance and weight, lighter more silky style, little structure but good fruit spice characters, very clean finish.

Colombine Carmenere 2010 (Colchagua)
Great balance, juicy soft and full but well structured. Hints of spice and clove, great finish, not cloying or aggressive, generous weight and tannins.

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Santa Rita – 1/12/2011

Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2011 (Casablanca Valley)
Lovely and herbaceous, nice concentration of fruit, very light and fresh, grapefruit and kumquat citrus.

Gran Reserva Chardonnay 2009 (Leyda Valley)
Rich and creamy, melons and peach. Textured, full, some sweet oak characters, fairly heavy malo character on the nose.

Medalla Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (Maipo Valley)
Dark brooding cassis, nice toffee chocolate. Good texture and structure, very velvety tannins, sweet ripe spot and clean finish.

Triple C 2006 (Maipo Valley)
Earthy savoury aromas, leather and coffee. Intense and bright but softens on the palate, good chewy astringency, awesome finish.

Triple C 2007 (Maipo Valley)
Slightly leaner tighter lines, cigar box notes, good length, very young and a touch warm, fruit needs time to express.

Phuen 2007 (Apalta)
Hauntingly complex, totally unexpected, lovely dark and rich, balance and depth, best Chilean wine so far.

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Play it again, Sam (Casablanca Valley, Chile)

All puns aside, the Casablanca Valley is one of several newer regions in Chile getting some serious attention. In the 1980s it was discovered by a former Concha y Toro partner as a potential new white wine region. When Concha y Toro told him he was insane he left and established his own vineyards in the region, predominantly sauvignon blanc. After seeing the results of the early wines, Concha y Toro and many other large wineries began to plant their own vineyards in the region. There are only 11 wineries in the region, but there are almost 4,000 hectares planted. The maths speaks for itself.

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