I am a member of one of my favourite NYC wine shop’s smallest wine clubs. It’s only 2 bottles a month, and I find it to be perfect. I prefer the adventure of selecting my own wines, but I occasionally like to have a couple of incognito bottles appear at my doorstep. They are usually bottles I wouldn’t have normally encountered, so I am usually quite enthusiastic to give them a pour. Geo Wines Chono Reserva Carmenère 2010 is one of these bottles, and a terrific example of how much I enjoy this process.
Geo Wines was founded in 2000, with the intention of providing technical and commercial assistance to select, high quality vineyards. One of the founders is Alvaro Espinoza; he is the recipient of many wine industry awards and is widely respected as one of the foremost wine consultants in Chili. One of his greatest achievements is the introduction of sustainable and biodynamic practices to Chilean viticulture. Quality and sustainability are the pillars of Geo wines; their winemaking philosophy is anchored in easy drinking, expressive terroir, “it should fill us with mystery and invite us to drink another glass”.
Deep red-violet in colour, aromas of roasted peppers, sweet cherry and smoky cedar tantalizingly swirled about in my glass. Plush cherry and cedar elements merged with smooth, sweet vanilla notes in the full body. Spicy black pepper and earthy tobacco were entwined with wisps of smoky cedar in the lengthy finish. Bold and spicy, this is a velvety, easy drinking glass that keeps you reaching for more.
85% Carménère, 10% Syrah, 5% Petite Sirah
Produced and Bottled by Geo Wines, Santiago
Enjoy now thru 2014