Cachapoal Valley, Rapel Valley

Bodega Paraiso

Cachapoal Valley Malbec

I was surprised at how good it was for the price. I hope the newer vintages are just as tasty. — 4 days ago

Vistamar

Sepia Reserva Cachapoal Valley Carmenère 2017

This is a repeat for sure. It’s big but drinkable. Tannins are light but the flavor is robust. — 14 days ago

Mark Koegel
with Mark

Lapostolle

Le Rouge Cabernet Franc Blend 2014

Nice blend. Very dry, almost saline in the aftertaste. Not much on fruit more wood and vanilla on the nose and palate.

Interested to see how it changes after some time in the air.
— 5 days ago

Montes

Montes Alpha Colchagua Valley Syrah 2017

One of my all-time favorite wines but nearly impossible to find for reasons passing understanding. Have not had in several years. A notch below but still fabulous. Lots of lush, ripe blackberry fruit with leather and bacon fat. Supportive but silky tannins add interest to this well-structured wine. One to always have on hand if you can find it, but you have to want this. — 10 days ago

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Casa Lapostolle

Cuvée Alexandre Apalta Vineyard Syrah 2013

Good dark fruit. Smooth. Well balanced. Peak age. Medium-length finish. Very enjoyable bottle with and without food. — 10 days ago

Elissa Baker
with Elissa

Casa Lapostolle

Clos Apalta Limited Release Carménère Blend 2010

Shay A
9.3

I opened expecting this to be pop and pour...I was wrong. By the end of the night, this needed 1-2 hours in the decanter to blossom. Clove, dark red and black fruit dominant, and sweet cherry pipe tobacco were the main notes I got from the aromatics. Still a bit gripping, powerful, and chalky on the palate. Herbal/leather driven balanced out by more dark fruit...plum, blackberries and just a touch of graphite. Lengthy and delicious finish. This can hold in this window a few more years easily. — 19 days ago

Arden BarnettJack ThompsonMark Flesher
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Scott Soren

Scott Soren

I’ve had this twice. Yumalicious
Severn Goodwin

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@Shay A Great stuff, we have a bunch of early 2000's bottles, which all still drink young.
Mark Flesher

Mark Flesher

Compared to the 2009, which I have consumed quite a while ago, I will certainly tell you that I really wish I had started drinking on these 2009s NOW, knowing that this 2010 wasn't really a pop and pour. I had a little bit of this one before I had to leave. So I was not able to experience it after it had been in decanter for about 2 hours when it was obviously drinking better. Still, my rating is a solid 93. On the youthful side, this one has a lot of darker black cherry and young tobacco notes with some very stiff leather type of influence and even a little bit of a foresty note. The tannin on the back of this has started to soften, although I can imagine how much it probably continue to do so after it had been sitting out in the decanter for a little bit. with the right cellaring, I still think this one has 10 years or so left. Nice pull @Shay A
9.3

Montes

Purple Angel Colchagua Valley Carménère Petit Verdot 2015

Nose has very dark chocolate, roasted coffee bean, blackberry-blueberry mash, rose petals, slight mint, crushed black cherry and wet slate.

Palate has warmed plum, chocolate cake, vanilla tobacco, light cedar and light oak. Surprisingly the tannins are quite mellow, easily approachable in a very, very youthful state.

A very heavy bottle, you could easily knock someone into tomorrow with a well timed swing.

We paired with delightfully thick bone-in ribeye's on the grill, actually a great pair with a nice sear/char from a wicked hot grill (+600°F). Delicious, local grass fed cattle.

Suckling, 99 points...Really? No one should be this drinking this before 2025, at least. I guess I have at least a baseline on what he thinks is the greatest Purple Angel to date. I agree, it is very good, but needs a lot of time, we have several, older vintages in the cellar just waiting for the right time.

I will certainly need to brush my teeth at least 2x after enjoying this wine. I'll have a 24hr check-in tomorrow, we're not finishing this on day one.

24hr Update: Mint has dropped out on the nose, palate is a wonderful blackberry-cedar jam, delicious, still not 99 points.
— 9 days ago

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David T

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@Severn Goodwin Drink up every minute.
Severn Goodwin

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@David T I think, I may already 😜?
Angelo Casagrande

Angelo Casagrande

I’ve had a few of these and love them. The best carmenere I’ve had. Excellent description!

MontGras

Antu Colchagua Cabernet Sauvignon Carménère 2011

Earthy, balanced, solid undergrowth, nice fruit. What's not to like? This Cab Sav Carmenere blend is a bit funky and I think this gives it a unique advantage. It's enjoyable right from the bottle with little decanting needed. Lovely notes of cherry blackberry smoke cedar leather chocolate blackcurrant cassis — 6 days ago

Punti Ferrer

Reserva Carménère 2017

A bit on the light side, with hints of blackberries and pepper, very nice — 2 days ago