My prediction for 2023 is that if Chile can maintain its price point that it sits at presently 2023 will see remarkable growth in the Canadian marketplace for Chilean wines. Prices were stable in 2022 without any jacking up of prices one saw with most producers elsewhere. Quality is high.
So we start the 2023 track with a Garcés Silva Family Vineyards Catalino made with Tinto País one of the 8 synonyms for the red grape Tempranillo.
Aromatics: Black cherry, red currants, big bold raspberry and milk chocolate. This aroma suggests a real winner as the slight chocolate influence combines beautifully with the fruit suggestive of a warm, welcoming and approachable red wine.
Palate: Light to moderate tannins with controlled acidity. This is a light red wine that is for easy drinking and where food with the wine is not a necessity. That chocolate and fruit on the nose translates into the palate in a carbon copy format. The finish is mighty tasty and short.
Food Match: Many Tempranillo based wines particularly from Ribera del Duero are dense and full bodied with a blueberry signature. This Tinto País is not one of those. I would match this with a Portuguese Bachalau or pork tenderloin medallions sauteed in a loganberry reduction sauce.
Personality of the Wine: Light and cheerful brimming with optimism.
Cellaring: While the wine will hold steady throughout 2023 I can’t see that it will improve in the cellar.
In a Nutshell: YUM!
(Garcés Silva, 2019 Catalino, D.O. Secano Interior Cauquenes (Maule Valley), Viñedos Garcés Silva, Chile, 12.6%, 750 mL, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 25638).