Castillero del Diablo Reserva Carménère‎ 2013

More Carménère from Chile!  This one had a lighter flavor profile than the others I’ve had.  Well, the other two.  Ha!

Winemaker:  Castillero del Diablo (by Concha Y Toro)
Wine:  Carménère Reserva
Varietal:  Carménère
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  Chile
Price:  $13.99

Notes:  In the glass this wine was a pretty burgundy.  In the bouquet I got scents of sweet red berries, mint and a touch of wet forest floor.  It was medium-bodied with high acidity and alcohol at 13.5%.  The tannins were gentle.  Flavors I found included oak, dark cherry, a hint of pepper, and a shot of bitters.  It had a long finish that lingers on a cherry note.

Frontera Chardonnay 2013

For the folks who may be dropping by this blog for the first time, I’d like to reiterate that the mission here is to explore budget-friendly wines – aka inexpensive.  That doesn’t mean all the selections I write about cost less than $5, less than $10, less than $15, etc.  After all, everyone splurges from time to time.  Nor does it mean that all the wines are bad – far from it.  Not all cheap wines are bad, and not all expensive wines are good.  There are times when you discover a wine in which there seems to be an inverse relationship between price and quality (or at least price and enjoyment).   Thus, I’ve had expensive wine that I didn’t enjoy at all, and I’ve had inexpensive wine that I thought was quite nice.  I’m always hoping to find the latter.

Winemaker:  Frontera (by Concha Y Toro)
Varietal:  Chardonnay
Vintage:  2013
Appellation:  Central Valley – Chile
Price:  $4.97

Notes:  The color was a pale yellow.  It’s bouquet was quite perfumey, reminiscent of orange jello.  Body was medium with a definite coat-the-tongue quotient.  Acidity was fine, and alcohol was at 13%.  Core flavors for me were orange, grass and citrus zest.  I thought this wine was surprisingly decent considering it’s very low price.  It was simple, but it was likeable.

Frontera Sauvignon Blanc 09

Unpacking yet another transfer from Blogarhythms.
Almost done … almost finished.


More from the folks at Frontera.  This time a white.

Vineyard:     Frontera (by Concha Y Toro)
Varietal:       Sauvignon Blanc
Vintage:       2009
Appellation: Central Valley – Chile
Price:          $6.49
Notes:         Nice citrus with floral notes on the nose.  Core flavors for me were kiwi and lemon grass.  Considering I bought this bottle on sale for $4.00, I have absolutely no complaints.

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

Concha Y Toro Sunrise Chardonnay 2008

Another post transferred from Blogarhythms.  Given the date (Feb. 2010), I’m sure this is no longer available.  But it sets things into perspective – for my blog, for my tasting history, and for any future experiences with the same wine from another vintage. 

Did I mention that I’ve been keeping tasting notes for several years now?  Don’t get concerned; I won’t share them all here.  But I thought this particular selection would be of interest to others like me looking for good values in wine.  I had this quite recently, too.

Vineyard:     Sunrise (by Concha Y Toro)
Wine:           Chardonnay
Vintage:       2008
Appellation: Central Valley – Chile
Price:          $7.99

Notes:         Nice apple and lemon with a hint of grass.  It was surprisingly flaccid in the mid-palate for me.  Perhaps I should give it another go just to be sure I wasn’t having an off day.  Not a particularly bad wine; in fact not at all offensive.  Just not a very interesting wine for my taste.  Of course, given the very reasonable price, you could do worse.

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