chile's remarkable geography is a blessing... on the east it is surrounded by the mountains (the practically impenetrable wall of the andes), the desert on the north, ice on the south and the pacific ocean on the west and with a population of over 16 million people, chile is a leader exporting goods such as copper, salmon, and wine. with that in mind pro-chile made it their business to promote chile's agricultural exports. yesterday evening i was summoned by this agency to attend a seminar and tasting at the hotel el embajador, promoting the new 'vitivinicultural zonification' of chilean wine.
with a brief description of what chile has to offer as a strong and stable south-american country, pro-chile initiated the seminar and tasting of 8 wines from the three zones or regions costa, entre cordilleras and andes.
since every wine comes with a question, chilean representatives have developed this new vitivinicultural zonification to group their grapes or parra into three micro-climate regions and therefore classify the wines from their fresh acidity (coast) to more intense and elegant ones (andes).
yesterday the wines for tasting were:
- aresti (trisquel savignon blanc 2012 / leyda) the valley that produces this grape is located 12km from the ocean having a direct impact on the aroma and taste. you immediately spot the mineral, freshly cut lawn, citric smell. costa region.
- santa carolina (savignon blanc reserva 2012 / leyda) a little more reserved than the previous one. costa region.
- las niñas (syrah rosé 2013 / colchagua) a cuasi-blanco wine with scents of red fruits. entre cordilleras region.
- casas del bosque (pinot noir gran reserva 2012 / casablanca) my favorite of the night. 12 months in barrica; in the smell you identify the moist land, strawberry, nutmeg and peppery hint.
- casas patronales (maucho reserva carignan 2011 / maule) smell: chocolate and vanilla. the parra of this valley is an 80-year-old grape. this wine leaves a silken texture in your mouth. costa region.
- concha y toro (gran reserva serie riberas carmenere 2011 / cachapoal) smoky aroma. entre cordilleras region.
- concha y toro (marqués de casa concha cabernet sauvignon 2011 / alto maipo) very intense dark ruby hue. andes region.
- casas patronales (mixtura 2010 / maule) a mix of grapes from the three regions. the taste is... very juicy if i may say.
the seminar and tasting was brief, informative, and pleasant. i -taking into account that i am a neophyte on the subject- do not completely comprehend the importance of the new zonification since i could not experience a clear 'regional' distinction during the tasting -even though i experienced the exquisiteness, acidity, and freshness of the wines- i could pair the taste of the sauvignon blanc with the international/global, if you will, taste of all fine sauvignon blancs... as an apprentice i will just keep celebrating the freshness and elegance of chilean wine and continue to develop my sense of smell and taste... maybe then i will be able to identify the exclusiveness of the region of a chilean costa sauvignon blanc... salud.