The Seeker 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

I am wrapping up my tasting series of the The Seeker wines with their 2011 Cabernet.  This wine comes from the Central Valley of Chile, which is known to produce some great values.  It is 100% Cabernet and has 13.5% alcohol.  The smooth, balanced palate makes it my top pick from The Seeker line. 

Tasting Notes

Aromas of plums, blueberries, and spice draw you into this rich Cabernet.  There are tastes of blackberries, black currants, and anise with hints of sweet caramel.  Silky tannins and a juicy finish round out this delicious Cabernet.  ($14)

My Wine Rating – B+

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with sirloin, veal chops, or dark chocolate.

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Kicking Off A Week of Sauvignon Blanc with Los Vascos!

This Thursday, June 21st, is officially Sauvignon Blanc Day so I thought it would be great to feature Sauvignon Blancs all week on Wine and Good Food.  Sauvignon Blanc is a nice warm weather wine and there some dynamic bottles out there at all price points.  We are starting off the week with a bottle from Los Vascos.  A nice wine for the price, especially if you enjoy a sweeter Sauvignon Blanc.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Los Vascos 2011 Sauvignon Blanc is 100% Sauvignon Blanc from Chile.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for around $9.  For more information visit www.pasternakwine.com.

Now th Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Los Vascos pours a pale greenish-gold in the glass.  The nose has aromas of sweet melon and lemon.  Flavors of tart citrus, peach, and herbs fill the palate of this refreshing wine.  The finish is crisp and sweet.  Easy sipping and easy on the wallet!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this wine with a teriyaki tofu bowl, grilled shrimp, or an apple and chicken salad. 

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A Bold, Adventurous Blend from Chile- Montes Twins 2011

I love trying new blends of wine so when a bottle of Montes Twins arrived in the mail last week I was excited to pour myself a glass.  Montes Twins is an equal blend of Cabernet and Malbec, a combination I had never tried before.  The blend is bold, rich, and full of personality.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Montes Twins 2011 is a blend of 50% Cabernet and 50% Malbec from the Colchagua Valley in Chile.  The wine has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $14.  For more information visit www.tgicimporters.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Montes Twins pours an intense blackish-plum color in the glass.  The nose has big aromas of oak, cedar, and dark berries.  This wine is full of flavor…tastes of blackberries, liquorice, and vanilla invade your palate.  The finish is not timid either.  It is long and spicy with lingering notes of vanilla.  An adventurous blend from Montes perfect for summer grilling!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pairing this wine with grilled steaks, bison burgers, or tempeh burgers with grilled onions and mushrooms.

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Rich and Elegant- Montes Alpha Syrah 2009

I love when I open a bottle of wine and I am pleasantly surprised.  I really had no idea what to expect when I uncorked the bottle of Montes Alpha Syrah 2009 that arrived at my door.  I haven’t had too many Chilean Syrahs and I have only ever tried one other wine from Montes.  After a few sips, I realized that it wouldn’t be hard to finish the bottle.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Montes Alpha Syrah 2009 is 90% Syrah, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 3% Viognier from Chile’s Colchagua Valley.  It has 14.8% alcohol and retails for $21.  For more information visit www.monteswines.com.

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Montes Alpha Syrah pours a dark reddish-purple in the glass.  The nose has earthy aromas of blueberry, leather, and spice.  Tastes of dark fruit, tart cherries, and tobacco fill the wine’s silky palate.  The finish is smooth and spicy with earthy undertones.  A rich yet elegant Syrah that drinks well beyond its price point.

My Wine Rating- A-

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this Syrah with braised lamb shoulder, spiced short ribs, or portabella burgers.

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Summer in a Glass- 2011 Montes Cherub Rosé

Even though I live in Southern California, I haven’t enjoyed the beach much since last year.  So when I spent my first day glistening in the sun, I came home really wanting to sip a wine that was refreshing and light.  I reached for a bottle of 2011 Montes Cherub Rosé and got a little taste of summer in my glass.

About the Wine- From the Winery

2011 Montes Cherub is a Rosé of Syrah from the Colchagua Valley in Chile.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for around $15.  For more information visit www.monteswines.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Montes Cherub pours a bright raspberry color in the glass.  The nose is fruity with aromas of strawberries, raspberries, and herbal undertones.  The palate is rich and lively.  Creamy when entering and then followed by tangy red fruit, floral notes, and vibrant acidity.  The finish is long and lively.  Give this young wine a few to open up and the flavors really develop.  A nice bottle to sip on a warm afternoon!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this versatile rose with prosciutto and melon, grilled chicken, or sip as an aperitif.

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Mini-Review- Los Vascos 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon

Every year I try the new vintage from Los Vascos.  There aren’t many decent Cabernets in the $10-12 price range but Los Vascos generally produces an enjoyable wine.  Their 100% Cabernet comes from a vineyard in the Colchagua Valley of Chile.  2010 was a difficult growing season but the vineyard still managed to produce a decent harvest of grapes.

The wine has spicy aromas of cherry and sandalwood.  The palate is full of bright cherries, currants, and pepper with herbal notes woven in between.  Tastes of saffron and pepper linger in the finish.  The wine is a little tight and but an overall enjoyable bottle for the price.  A casual Cabernet that pairs well with grilled meats.  (B-, $10)

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An Incredible Value From Chile- Vina Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007

Lately, I have been exploring a lot of wines from Chile, Spain, and Argentina.  I have found time and time again that they deliver wonderful wines for an incredible value.  One of the latest wines I have sipped is Vina Falernia Syrah Reserva from Chile.  There has been a lot of buzz about the wine (it was Wine Spectator’s wine of the week in June) so I was excited to see if it lived up to all the hype. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

Vina Falernia Syrah Reserva 2007 is from the D.O. Elqui Valley appellation in Chile.  It has 14% alcohol and retails for $15 (although it can easily be found for around $10).  For more information see www.Falernia.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting The Wine

This Syrah pours deep plum in the glass.  The nose is intriguing with aromas of dark fruit, pepper, violet, and a hint of smoke.  The wine has bold tastes of plum, ripe blackberry, and smoke with a smooth and peppery finish.  I immediately want another sip because of the interesting layers of flavor.  The Vina Falernia Syrah Reserva is unique and makes a statement…and it’s a statement I like.  I think this is a great wine for the price that will definitely awaken your senses.  Grab a bottle and let me know what you think!

My Wine Rating- B+

*Food Pairing Note- The smokiness makes this wine great for grilled steaks, BBQ ribs, or smoky chipotle fajitas.

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