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Two Wines From South America


I love variety in the wines I drink and these two wines certainly satisfied my curiosity.  Vinedos Emiliana was founded in Chile during the 1990s by Rafeal and Jose Guilisasti when they converted a traditional winery into one that was organic and biodynamic in order to produce the highest quality wines.  Their production process is now certified as Carbon Neutral.  But what captured my attention was the inclusion of Carmenere and Mourvedre.  Done right I find Carmenere imparts an ethereal set of earth, spices, and leather and Mourvedre provides an assertive earthy, fruit quality.  I do not see many wines from Uruguay so I grabbed the bottle from Bodega Bouza.  Surprisingly this bodega was founded in 1942.  It underwent a complete restoration in 2002 and now produces wine from 17 hectares of vineyards.

The Vinedos Emiliana, Coyam  was my favorite wine of these two.  Its complexity provides interest on the nose and in the mouth.  If you are looking for a red wine in the mid $20s then I certainly recommend you try this wine.  It is well priced and I am somewhat surprised this older vintage is still available.  The Bodega Bouza, Tannat is on the young side.  You must try it if you have never drunk a wine from Uruguay, just make sure to give it several hours of air.  These wines are currently available at MacArthur Beverages.

2006 Vinedos Emiliana, Coyam, Colchagua Valley – $26
Imported by Royal Imports.  This wine is a blend of 34% Syrah, 17% Carmenere, 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Malbec, and 3% Mourvedre sourced from biodynamic vineyards in Colchagua Valley.  The wine was aged for one year in 80% French and 20% American oak.  There is an interesting nose with a mixture of fruit.  In the mouth the focused red fruit is supported by fresh acidity then mixed with earthy black fruit.  The flavors are a little chewy and wild, there is a touch of wood box, with black spiced fruit coming out with the ripe tannins.  The edge of the wine is softened by some maturity.  The mouthfilling finish has structured bramble fruit.  *** Now-2019.

2008 Bodega Bouza, Tannat, Las Violetes – $17
Imported by The Southern Wine Group.  This wine is 100% Tannat sourced from 16-30 year old vines.  It was fermented in 70% concrete and 30%  in tank, underwent malolactic fermentation, then was aged for 14 months in French and American barrels.  On the first night the wine was rather shutdown with a strong woodsy aroma.  On the second night there were gentle blueberries and straight-up hard black fruit with matched the acidity.  There were fine but ripe drying tannins.  The aftertaste left impression of old wood.  ** 2015-2019.

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  1. July 15, 2014 at 12:08 pm

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