A South American Tasting

Wine tasting at the R’s this past Friday. The plan originally was to do a Argentine tasting, but then we thought to invite Bill, the wine lecturer/columnist. He had a stash of nice Chilean on hand, not Argentine, so we decided to relax our theme.

Fun times. Bill sat with us and chatted informally about the wines of the region for a couple hours. We continued the evening after that (till, um 2!), polishing off the total of 9 bottles – 3 Argentine whites, 1 Argentine red (a pinot! very extracted, and jammy, but pleasantly plush and rounded in the finish), and 5 Chileans. We don’t normally splurge on Chilean wines, and so everyone was very surprised how beautiful these wines were to drink!

2007 Vina San Pedro Cabo de Hornos, Rapel and Colchagua Valleys, Chile $45 (67% cabernet sauvignon, the rest syrah & malbec)

2007 Ventisquero Vertice Carmenere-Syrah, Apalta, Chile $40

2009 Emiliana Coyam Red Blend, Colchagua Valley, Chile $30 (41% syrah, the rest carmenere, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, mourvedre & petit verdot; all organic & biodynamic)

2010 Antiyal, Maipo Valley, Chile $60 (half carmenere, half cabernet sauvignon & syrah)

2010 Apaltagua Signature Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile $26

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