Sunday, November 21, 2010

A SELECTION OF VALUE RED WINES FOR THE FALL AND WINTER by Philip S. Kampe

Obviously the wines of summer, mostly white and rose, can be drunk year round, but, as the season changes, often wine consumption, category wise changes.

It is November and 26 degrees in the Berkshires of Massachusetts today and not a day that calls for a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Yes, it's true, I can drink that crisp, grapefruit-melon wine all year round, but, today, after raking the leaves, I desire a wine that is more rugged-namely a red.

I checked my wine cellar to see what bargain wine would be the wine of the day, for me, and came up with many choices that I had stockpiled during the summer months. Normally, I buy a bottle of wine, test it and return for more of the same if I enjoy what I am drinking, both quality wise and value wise,

Of course that is not true for special occasions, where the event and cost factor for the wine or champagne are on a different scale.

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RED WINE SUGGESTIONS FOR THE FALL and WINTER MONTHS

Wines from CHILE have been on everyone's radar for several years, now. I have to admit to buying the whites, as bargain wines for the summer. Their price and crispness met my standards. I thought it was time to try some reds from Chile. This is what I discovered.

VINA LOS VASCOS Vineyard was acquired by LES DOMAINES BARONS de ROTHCHILD in 1988.

The property met the ROTHCHILD criteria and was completely renovated, both in viticulture and in viniculture.

VINA LOS VASCOS is the largest property in the CANETEN Valley of COLCHAQUA, with over 4,500 acres. The complete estate is of a small enough size that all of the grapes are "Hand Picked, Hand Sorted, Estate Grown and Estate Bottled''.

The history of the estate goes back to the mid-nineteenth century, when two of the leading Chilean wine producers brought vines from BORDEAUX to improve the quality of the original vineyards of VINA LOS VASCOS.

CHILE'S natural geographic frontier protected it from the PHYLOXERA epidemic of the late nineteenth century and resulted in an unbroken wine stock that produces some of the finest wines in all of Chile.

VINA LOS VASCOS 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON Les Domaines Barons de Rothchild CHILE
100% Cabernet Sauvignon

14% Alcohol

200,000 cases produced

Aged in stainless steel for 18 months

$10.99 a bottle

The wine is a classic and made VINA LOS VASCOS famous for it's Cabernet Sauvignon.
The wine has good fruit quality, fresh aromas and is supple and fleshy. Sweet tannins prevail with the flavor of pepper, blackberries and dark cherries.
A true bargain!!

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VINA LOS VASCOS 2008 RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Les Domaines Barons de Rothchold CHILE
75% cabernet Sauvignon 10% Carmenere 10% Syrah 5% Malbec

14% Alcohol

60,000 cases produced

Aged in stainless steel and oak

$15.99 a bottle

Concentrated fruit on the palate blended with truffles, cinnamon, chocolate, black pepper and licorice create this complex, well structured, balanced, elegant wine.
This is a high quality wine at a fair price. It is sure to please your guests!

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BODEGAS CATENA was born out of an alliance of two cultures, France and Argentina, and two noble grapes, the CABERNET SAUVIGNON and MALBEC and two renowned wine families, DOMAINE BARON de ROTHCHILD (Lafite) and NICOLAS CATENA.

Their catch line for their wines is: " Two Cultures, Two Families, Two Varietals, ONE WINE"

AMANCAYA 2009 CABERNET SAUVIGNON/MALBEC Domaine Baron de Rothchild and Bodegas Catena

50% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Malbec

14% alcohol

28,000 cases produced

Aged in French oak for 12 months

$20.99 a bottle

This a fruit-driven wine with obvious red and dark fruit upfront, followed by oak aged vanilla and chocolate on the palate. Tannins, balance and structure follow with a long, smooth finish.

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CARO 2006 CABERNET SAUVIGNON/MALBEC Domaine Baron de Rothchild and Nicolas Catena ARGENTINA

50% Cabernet Sauvignon 50% Malbec

14.4% alcohol

3,250 cases produced

Aged in French oak for 18 months

$38.99

Elegant, complex, rich, balanced and harmonious. Tannic and delicate with hints of mint, tobacco and dark fruit highlight this special wine. Ready to drink or aged for years to come, this is one of the best wines from Argentina I have ever tasted.

CARO is a true QUALITY WINE for Special Occasions, Special Meals or for that Special evening

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CHATEAU d' AUSSIERES

Chateau d' Aussiereies is located near Narbonne in the Cobrieres region of Languedoc. The Chateau has been in existence since the Middle Ages and is still a wild and natural property of intense beauty and history.

Acquired by Domaines Baron de Rothchild in 1999, the 1200 acre estate has undergone numerous changes, including the planting of new and traditional vines including Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre, Carignan, Merlot, Cabernet and Sauvignon. State-of-the-art equipment has been installed for the production of wine.

The results are Outstanding.

CHATEAU d' AUSSIERES 2007 AOC COBIERES Domaines Baron de Rothchild

60% Syrah 10% Grenache 30% Mourvedre

14% alcohol

100,000 bottles produced
Aged in oak for 16 months

$23.99
A wine of exceptional finesse, elegant and full of late rripening red fruit. the wine has a long finish and wonderful structure.

A classic wine from Languedoc at a perfect price point

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ENJOY THE RED WINES OF FALL and WINTER....

PHILIP S. KAMPE

philip.kampe@thewinehub.com










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