RKS 2023 Wine: Undurraga T.H. 2019 Pinot Noir from Chile

Undurraga made a stellar T.H 2019 Carignan from the Maule Valley which I rated a 93 so with anticipation we try their T.H. 2019 Pinot Noir from the Malleco Valley. It was aged 10 months in concrete eggs and neutral French oak barrels. Having tasted too few Chilean Pinot Noirs they tend to have veryContinue reading “RKS 2023 Wine: Undurraga T.H. 2019 Pinot Noir from Chile”

RKS 2023 Wines: CREW 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon: Can History Repeat Itself?

Years ago, it was 2011, I rated the CREW 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon a 91/100 and for an Ontario Cabernet Sauvignon that’s remarkable. I can recall Bernard Gorski, proprietor of Colchester Ridge Estate Winery (CREW), telling me the grapes had been harvested as late as November. Since that date I have rarely had a great OntarioContinue reading “RKS 2023 Wines: CREW 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon: Can History Repeat Itself?”

RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Carménère: If You Can’t Do It Right Go Home!

When it is a matter of Chilean Carménère if you can’t do it right go home. The Chileans more often than not vint top rate Carménère. You come to expect a quality red wine with a bottle of Carménère. From my perspective to date raspberry and strawberry notes are a possible tip off to highContinue reading “RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Carménère: If You Can’t Do It Right Go Home!”

RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Doing 50/50 So Far

Late in 2022 and early into 2023 Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon is 50/50. The Maipo leads in the top 50% and the Cachapoal is in the bottom 50…the real bottom. The 2019 Primus Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Maipo yet the 2020 vintage will be from Colchagua being released in Ontario on 21January2023. In Ontario thereContinue reading “RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon Doing 50/50 So Far”

Misadventures in Wine Chapter 5: Wine Drinker Profiles: “The Explorer”

An Explorer dislikes being stuck in a rut or comfort zone. The Explorer may have favourite wines but refuses to be imprisoned by them and constantly looks for new wines, new wine regions and new producers. There is the Random Explorer who has no agenda in wine selection but buys on newness. There is alsoContinue reading “Misadventures in Wine Chapter 5: Wine Drinker Profiles: “The Explorer””

RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Carménère: Siegel Gran Reserva Carménère

Aromatics:  Heavy raspberry markers with black cherry and strawberry in tow. Palate: The tannins are not quite reaching the moderate level. Plenty of stuffing in this wine. Virtually bursting with black cherry but held in a straight jacket for the moment, Put another way the wine may just be on a holding pattern before landingContinue reading “RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Carménère: Siegel Gran Reserva Carménère”

Misadventures in Wine Chapter 3: Wine Drinker Profiles: “The Point Slaves”

Today don’t we have so many people and institutions thinking for us? The Point Slaves rely on the wine writer in their purchase decisions. Just walk the aisles of your liquor retailer and see how many 90 plus signs and stickers you see. I wonder how much the winery is charged for appending a 92Continue reading “Misadventures in Wine Chapter 3: Wine Drinker Profiles: “The Point Slaves””

RKS 2023 Wine: Breaking a Recent String of Chilean Red Wine Mediocrity? Cardboard and Cement?

After attending the Toronto Drink Chile event in November 2022 sponsored by the Wines of Chile I made an effort to sample the wines of the participating wineries and was well rewarded with stellar wines from Las Veletas, Perez Cruz, Miguel Torres Chile and San Pedro Tarapaca. Since then it has been a slide downhillContinue reading “RKS 2023 Wine: Breaking a Recent String of Chilean Red Wine Mediocrity? Cardboard and Cement?”

RKS 2023 Wine: A Rescue from the Chilean Stumble? CODE RED

Red wines from Chile commenced 2023 virtually flying high then a very bad spill with a Viña Del Pedregal Kidia Reserve Carménère 2018. Real bad. Then a weak recovery with a Viña Marty Pacha Reserva 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon. As Bogart said in Casablanca, “Here’s looking at you, kid.” I am looking at a Vistamar GranContinue reading “RKS 2023 Wine: A Rescue from the Chilean Stumble? CODE RED”

RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon: Viña Marty Pacha Cabernet Sauvignon

After tasting some excellent Chilean Carménère I recently hit a wall at high-speed facing a disappointing Viña Del Pedregal 2018 Kidia Reserve Carménère which I opined should be returned to sender. One rogue wine will not deter me from pursuing the Chilean path. So switching to a Cabernet Sauvignon from Viña Marty, a Pacha CabernetContinue reading “RKS 2023 Wine: Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon: Viña Marty Pacha Cabernet Sauvignon”