Natura Pinot Noir 2013

Here is a wine called Nature from Chile as well as some scenes of nature’s beauty in Chile.

Vineyard: Natura by Emiliana Vineyards
Wine:  Pinot Noir
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  Colchagua Valley, Chile
Price: $9.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:  I love it when a wine surprises me (in a good way).  In this case it was the bouquet that brought a fun aroma of strawberry soda to my nose as well as scents of earth, pepper and green herbs.    This Pinot was light-bodied with good-to-high acidity and light tannins.  Alcohol was at 13.5%.  On the palate I caught flavors of strawberry, white pepper, green herbs and a hint of mushroom.  I found it a pleasant, gentle selection.  Although Turkey Day is a long way off, this wouldn’t be bad at all with a gently seasoned bird.

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Rubus Chardonnay 2014

I try not to consult the winemaker’s or wineseller’s notes on a particular wine when I’m looking for a new wine experience.  Yes, I know they can prove helpful in finding things we think we’ll like based on the flavors we prefer and the wine experiences we’ve enjoyed in the past.  I definitely find them useful when searching for a wine to accompany a particular meal or for an occasion.  And I can’t completely ignore them if – as in some retailers – descriptors are posted with every selection.  But since I don’t want all my wines to taste the same, I don’t pay close attention to them when I’m browsing.

I also try not to read the back label before drinking a wine on the chance that it’ll contain tasting notes.  I don’t want my own experience to be affected by the suggestions of certain flavors and aromas being present.  I don’t think I’m all that easily beguiled, but I like the idea of starting with a blank slate when experiencing a wine for the first time.  And my experience has proved that, although often similar to what I taste, I don’t always agree with winemaker notes.   In some cases their notes and mine are quite different.  This wine is a case in point.  You can read the importer’s/winemaker’s description by clicking on the picture.  My notes are below.  Like night and day almost.  If you have tried this selection, I’d be interested in hearing what you found.

Winemaker:  Rubus
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2014
Appellation:  Colchagua Valley, Chile
Price:  $14.99 at Whole Foods

Notes:  This Chilean Chardonnay was pale yellow in the glass with a faint bouquet of lanolin, citrus and spice.  Acidity seemed good, and alcohol was at 13.5%.  Flavors I found consisted primarily of clementine and grass with fleeting whispers of spice.  I found it to be a somewhat restrained selection.  Not the average New World Chardonnay.  I liked it!

 

Marchigüe Carménère‎ 2012

When I grabbed this off the shelves, I’d only had one other single varietal wine made with Carménère grapes.  That was the Anakena Carménère‎ that I’d had while on travel over a year ago.  Clearly, then, it was high time to take the plunge once again.

Winemaker:  Marchigüe
Wine:  Carménère Reserva, Santa Ana Vineyard
Varietal:  Carménère
Vintage:  2012
Appellation:  Colchagua Valley, Chile DO
Price:  $7.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  In the glass this Chilean was a deep, dark red.  In the bouquet I detected scents of menthol, tea leaf, rubber, and cherry.  It was medium-bodied with good acidity and alcohol at 13.5%.  I thought the tannins were medium and fairly aggressive in their onset/grip.  Flavors I found included rubber, black cherry, pepper, menthol and ash with a dose of bitters.  All in all, I thought it was an OK wine but not at all balanced.  If you choose to grab a bottle, I would serve it with a beef or perhaps lamb dish that would stand up to the rubber, menthol and bitters in this wine’s flavor profile.

Panilonco Merlot-Malbec Reserva 2011

Peck_PaniloncoMerlotMalbec2011An inexpensive red from the Colchagua Valley of Chile.

Winemaker:  Panilonco (by Viñedos Errazuriz Ovalle S.A.)
Wine:  Chief of Lions Merlot-Malbec Reserva
Varietal:  Red Blend
Vintage:  2011
Appellation:  Colchagua Valley, Chile D.O.
Price:  $4.99 at Trader Joe’s

Notes:  This budget-friendly offering was a deep red in the glass.  It is a medium-bodied mix of 60% Merlot and 40% Malbec.  It had a soft, round bouquet of dark fruit, with hints of earth, oak and anise.  On the tongue I found plum, blackberry, a bit of clay, and benzine.  As the wine breathed, the plum flavor lifted a tad to more of a currant while the rest remained consistent.  Tannins are moderate and provide a grassy finish.  Alcohol is 13%, and acidity seemed OK.  Some, no doubt, will be put off by the benzine.  I found nothing to complain about.  I think it will do just fine as a table wine paired with meat dishes.

Important: I am not a professional sommelier or wine connoisseur.  See “About” for the full disclaimer.