I recently paid a visit to Puro Wine for the Chilean Wine 101 tasting class led by their wine educator Jake Pippin. Puro Wine is the world’s only all Chilean wine store located in NYC on Grand Street in Soho. Established in 2009, it features a modern look and over 180 labels of wine for sale across various price points. Jake led us through seven wines and gave background on each along with a very extensive look at each growing region in Chile. The class was very informative and showcased how diverse each growing region is due to vast differences in climate and how that effects each style of wine produced in that particular area. Chilean style hors d’oeuvres were served before and during the tasting. The wines we tasted in the class were as follows:
Santa Digna Estelado Sparkling Pias, 2011– A great way to begin with this sparkling rosé made from 100% Pais grapes in the Maule Valley by Miguel Torres. It is very dry and tart. It is aged in stainless steel and is 12% alcohol. I love anything pink and bubbly and this was a decent choice. Suggested price: $25.00
San Pedro 1865 Sauvignon Blanc, 2011–I am not a huge sauvignon blanc fan but I loved this version! It is composed of 100% Sauvignon Blanc from the Leyda Valley and is completely different to any other I have tasted. This wine is very aromatic and has quite a flavor profile consisting of bell pepper, lemon, and a hint of grapefruit. It is aged in stainless steel and is 13.4% alcohol. I would definitely purchase this wine and it is very affordable at the suggested price of $19.00
De Martino Legado Chardonnay, 2011-Pale gold in color this is 100% Chardonnay from the Limari Valley. It features lemon on the nose and a mineral quality to the flavor from the limestone soil. It is slightly buttery but not enough to overpower and has a nice light citrus flavor. It’s aged in old French oak and is 13.5% alcohol. The suggested price is $16.00. I enjoyed this wine but not sure I would seek it out.
Tacora Reserva Pinot Noir, 2011-This wine is 100% Pinot Noir from the Limari Valley and is very light. It has the typical strawberry aroma but I didn’t like the taste of this wine at all. It was very sour with little fruit presence. It is 13.8% alcohol and has a suggested price of $19.00.
Calcu Carmenere, 2009–I had high hopes for this wine since I love Carmenere but as with the wine above I was not a fan of this. It is 100% Carmenere from the Colchagua Valley and was lacking the spiciness that I have come to love in this style of wine. It was a little better when paired with some of the cheese they were serving but I like a wine to be able to stand on it’s own. It is 13.5% alcohol and the suggested retail is $16.00.
Veramonte Primus The Blend, 2010–A blend of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Carmenere, 23% Syrah, and 10% Merlot also from the Colchagua Valley. This wine is well balanced with nice tannins and the flavor of currants. I love Veramonte’s Cabernet Sauvignon so I was not surprised by how much I enjoyed this Primus blend. This is a great red wine and is high in alcohol coming in at 14.5%. It is aged in 100% French oak and the suggested price is $20.00.
Santa Rita Medalla Real Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009-They saved the best for last! This is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc from the Maipo Valley. Extremely dark ruby in the glass with a spicy aroma, this wine is fruit forward with notes of blackberry and tobacco. It is 14.6% alcohol and is also aged in French oak. I would highly recommend this wine and the suggested retail is quite reasonable at $22.00.
Puro Wine does a great job of highlighting the wines of Chile and there is something on the shelves for everyone. It is definitely worth a visit to check out the store if you can’t make it to their classes. Even though there were several wines I wasn’t crazy about I really enjoyed my experience and know exactly where I need to go next time I want to buy some Chilean wines!