segunda-feira, 4 de abril de 2011

Os 18 melhores vinhos tintos chilenos das safras 2006/2007

Chegou a vez de conhecer os melhores vinhos do Chile das safras de 2006/2007 na avaliação da Wine Spectator. É bem interessante compará-los com a lista equivalente da Wine Advocate (2007) e ver as semelhanças e algumas disparidades. Ao que parece, James Molesworth (WS) preferiu a safra 2006 e Jay Miller (WA) a 2007. Acesse a lista de Parker aqui!
De qualquer modo, para aqueles que vão viajar para o país vizinho, aproveitando o feriado prolongado da Semana Santa, é um ótimo guia de compras.

Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley 2006 94 $80
Ripe and packed, especially for the vintage, with gorgeous blackberry, blueberry and fig fruit flavors liberally laced with bittersweet cocoa and Turkish coffee notes. Muscular but rounded, with briar and mineral notes buried deep on the fleshy finish. An impressive combination of density and purity. Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2016. 2,991 cases made. –JM

Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2006 94 $80
A dark, muscular style, with black currant, braised fig, maduro tobacco, bittersweet cocoa and loam notes that all roll together through the dense but polished finish. There's impressive power for the vintage, along with precision and balance. Drink now through 2018. 20,000 cases made. –JM

Viña Montes Alpha M Santa Cruz 2006 94 $95
Very suave, with a velvety texture and fine-grained tannins that carry deceptively concentrated notes of black currant, warm fig sauce, espresso, maduro tobacco and black tea. Long and well-defined through the finish, with an ample reserve of fruit and minerality. Drink now through 2015. 4,500 cases made. –JM

Viña Montes Folly Santa Cruz 2006 94 $95
Rich and lush, but with superb poise, this offers a huge core of crushed plum, raspberry ganache and macerated currant fruit that easily absorbs its dark, coffee-tinged toast and muscular, loamy undertow. The finish is powerful, but well-knit. Should age nicely. Syrah. Best from 2010 through 2014. 4,500 cases made. –JM

Viña Almaviva Puente Alto 2006 93 $85
Starting to open, with cedar, roasted vanilla and mesquite aromas giving way to a rich, loam- and black currant-filled palate. The long, fleshy finish lets the loamy edge play out nicely. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.--Non-blind Viña Almaviva vertical (January 2011). Drink now through 2016. 12,500 cases made. –JM

Viña Almaviva Puente Alto 2007 93 $75
Dark and brawny, this is a bit closed for now, with the currant, spice, tobacco and melted licorice notes in reserve. The broad, tannic finish has excellent drive and grip. Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenère, Cabernet Franc and Merlot.--Non-blind Viña Almaviva vertical (January 2011). Best from 2012 through 2017. 12,500 cases made. –JM

Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley 2007 93 $80
This is a rich and enticing red, with alluring aromas of warm cocoa and roasted vanilla bean giving way to lush plum sauce, cassis and raspberry ganache flavors. The long, smoldering finish is velvety and dripping with pure fruit, all of it backed by a suave tobacco note. Carmenère, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. Best from 2011 through 2017. 4,538 cases made.

Viñedo Chadwick Maipo Valley 2006 93 $180
A big, dense wine, especially for the vintage, with an impressive core of loam, melted black licorice and macerated currant fruit supported by ripe, well-embedded tannins and a long, polished finish that drips with fruit and minerality. Back on form after the subpar 2005. Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2013. 820 cases made. –JM

Viñedo Chadwick Maipo Valley 2007 93 $260
Shows the classic dark loam, coffee and black currant profile of Maipo, with cedar-tinged but polished tannins and a long, brooding finish that displays hints of sage and tobacco. Very solid, with well-embedded acidity. Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2015. 50 cases imported. –JM

Concha y Toro Cabernet Sauvignon Puente Alto Don Melchor 2007 93 $80
Still a touch tight, but dense, focused and layered, with well-integrated structure underneath loam, blackberry, espresso, tobacco and sage notes. The long finish has nice drive, with the loam edge stretching out. This has the poise and balance for cellaring. Drink now through 2017. 8,900 cases made. –JM

Concha y Toro Carmenère Peumo Terrunyo 2006 92 $41
Dark in profile, with plum and currant fruit, but very pure, with silky tannins and a long, stylish finish that lets incense, spice and mineral notes play out. Drink now through 2011. 8,500 cases made. –JM

Concha y Toro Syrah Peumo Terrunyo 2006 92 $41
Quite ripe, but stays very stylish, with velvety layers of plum pudding and braised fig backed by hoisin sauce, charred apple wood and mineral. The long, fleshy finish has nice buried acidity. Drink now through 2011. 1,000 cases made. –JM

Concha y Toro Carmenère Peumo Carmín de Peumo 2007 92 $149
This ripe red boasts juicy but focused crushed blackberry, plum and black currant fruit, woven with alluring toasty vanilla, espresso and black licorice notes. The lengthy, pure finish has a nice underlying minerality. Drink now through 2012. 900 cases made. –JM

Matetic Syrah San Antonio 2007 92 $86
Big and ripe, but with lots of grippy focus, as anise, briar and graphite notes frame the core of blackberry, black currant, plum sauce and fig paste. There's a chewy edge, but the tannins are rounded and integrated, so just give this a touch of cellaring to round into form. Drink now through 2012. 150 cases made. –JM

Viña Neyen de Apalta Espíritu de Apalta Colchagua Valley 2006 92 $60
The core of blackberry, black Mission fig and mulled currant fruit is ripe and rich, but restrained, while maduro tobacco, loam and dark olive notes weave around the edges. The long, grippy finish is well-integrated. Offers a nice combination of purity and power. Equal parts Carmenère and Cabernet Sauvignon. Drink now through 2013. 2,080 cases made. –JM

Viña Quebrada de Macul Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Domus Aurea 2006 92 $55
Lilting, inviting aromas of mulled mint and warm espresso lead the way for a rich but supple palate of warm fig, currant preserve and bittersweet licorice. The long, suave finish lets a loamy edge play out. Old-school and lovely. Drink now through 2013. 2,760 cases made. –JM

Viña Santa Ema Catalina Peumo 2007 92 $40
Dark and lush, but pure and driven, with gorgeous mouthfeel to the well-defined licorice snap, black Mission fig, currant paste, Kenya AA coffee and graphite notes. Long finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Carmenère. Drink now through 2012. 500 cases imported. –JM

Viña Tarapacá Tarapakay Isla de Maipo 2007 92 $NA
Very rich and nicely polished, delivering gorgeous espresso and black currant aromas and flavors, laced with maduro tobacco, melted black licorice and loam notes. Long, lush finish. Flattering, but with grip too. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Not imported into the U.S. Drink now through 2014. 458 cases made. –JM
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