De Martino Malbec ’06 for Wineblogging Wednesday #52

 Today is Wine blogging Wednesday (#52)!! Our mission, given to us by, was to pick a Chilean wine for under $20 bucks or value reds from Chile as they put it. With the exchange rate what it is now, we settled on a Chilean for under £14 (approximate, but with the pound sinking it might be less now).   At Oddbins we have quite a nice selection of  Chilean wines, both red and white but since my assignment was red, I went for the  De Martino Single Vineyard Malbec ’06 (£11.49),  from the  Maule Valley. De Martino pride themselves on travelling the length of Chile, choosing only the finest terroir to bring out the best of the chosen  varietal and employing expert consulants to make fantastic wines.  Marcelo Retamal, their winemaker, is a rising star in Chilean oenology and it shows. This  particular malbec vineyard is located in an isolated (and one of the driest) parts of the Maule valley with  granitic  soils and bush-trained 80 year old vines.  According to the website, the vineyard is run by one man  and his horse so I guess you could say there is minimal intervention in the production of  the wine. I think Chilean wines are amazing value for money and this malbec did nothing to dissuade me. On pouring it was a deep, intense garnet, almost inky – staring into it, it was impossible to see the bottom of the glass. On the nose first off, black fruits, concentrated cassis, and spices – a bit of nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, almost smelled like baking cookies with vanilla bobbing about and violet notes coming through on the tail of it all. I had to let it sit for a few minutes because I was interrupted but I was glad I did because the aromatic notes coming off were even more spicy now. Although they were not as intense, they had evolved into molasses and the the smells of rich mince pie. Perfect wine for Christmas.     Despite it being so rich on the nose, on the palate, it was...

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Almost time for Wineblogging Wednesday

Wine Blogging Wednesday is coming up once again. I love WBW. WBW is the chance for us bloggers from around the world get to get together and blog about a pre-determined wine. This month is hosting the blogging event and they’ve chosen Chile as their wine of the month. Chile has been sending some great stuff to England for some time now but in the States, it seems that they haven’t gotten as much exposure to Chilean wine as we have here. I’ve drunk and written about some great Chilean wines available here in London, ranging from Vina Leyda Pinot noir to Montes Alpha M and there are plenty of others available. Our task is to choose a wine priced below £14. That shouldn’t be too hard to do. I’m going to pick my wine tomorrow. Watch this space for my Chilean write up. All posts are due by Dec. 10th. If you want to join in, just follow the WBW link above. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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