As the fifth largest wine exporter in the world, Chile has established itself as a country that offers a diversity of quality wines that are consistent and reliable; which also over-deliver on quality at a fair price.
During a recent TasteLive broadcast, I had the chance to experience the quality and value of Concha y Toro Gran Reserva Serie Riberas brand. The focus of this brand is production of modern, unique wines from single vineyards located close to different river basins in the Colchagua, Cachapoal, and Maule Valleys. We tasted through Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Carmenere, and Cabernet Sauvignon – priced $14.99 – $16.99.
Gran Reserva 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
From Ucúquer Vineyard, south bank of Rapel river, central Chile. Aged 6-months in stainless steel tanks. Straw-yellow color; vibrant and round with citrus and mineral notes. Clean finish.
Gran Reserva 2011 Malbec
From Palo Santo Vineyard, south bank of the Tinguiririca river, central Chile. Aged 13-months in new and used French and American oak. Lots going on here! Deep violet color; black/blue fruit, violet, leather, cocoa. Soft tannins, kissed by oak.
Gran Reserva 2010 Carmenere
From Peumo Vineyard, north bank of the Cachapoal River, central Chile. Aged 13-months in medium-toast French and American oak. Dark purple color; bright black fruit, spice, cedar notes. Supple tannins. Void of green notes typically associated with Carmenere. My favorite wine of the tasting.
Gran Reserva 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
From Palo Santo Vineyard, south bank of the Tinguiririca river, central Chile. Aged 13-months in medium-toast French and American oak. Deep red color; black cherry, cocoa, cassis, leather notes. Soft, balanced oak. Good structure – impressive Cab, especially at this price point. Drink now.
Impressive overall. Solid wines at a very reasonable price point; definitely recommend giving them a try. Cheers!