Thursday, June 23, 2016

Weekly Wine Review - Chilean Red Blend - 2012 Emiliana Coyam

I was lucky enough to check off a bucket list item this past weekend. We decided to sacrifice the splendor of 120 degree June temperatures in Arizona to trek to the 2016 Aspen Food and Wine Classic. We decided to make a last minute change to our presentation on the last day, and traded our spot to see the Top Chef winner in order to attend Chile Untamed.  It turned out to be a fantastic surprise, and put a visit to the wine country in Chile on our list of future vacation plans. One of the wine we had was presented by the winemaker, an energetic Spanish girl who instantly bonded with Wino4life wife.  Coyam is a certified organic and biodynamic red blend from the Calchagua region.
Wine: 2012 Emiliana Coyam (Certified Organic)
Oops, Forgot a Picture! - Back Left Glass 

Region: Calchagua, Chile
Grape Varieties: Syrah, Carmenere, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and a hint of Mourvedre and Petit Verdot

Obtained from: Aspen Food and Wine Classic
Price: Free with Admission, About $35 retail.
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: No clue, but I believe the folks at the Food and Wine Classic made sure all was good cork-wise.

Appearance: Clear, dark purple, intensely colored.
Aroma: Dark fruit, baking spices, vanilla, 
Taste: Gentle tannins, nice level of acidity, great long finish.

The Grade: I give this one an A+.  For $35, this wine is ready to drink now, and has enough power to age for at least a few years. I have always found great values in wines from Chile, but the quality of this one is off the charts. Did I say only $35??? Chile - here we come! Cheers!

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