Wines of the Month - August 2019

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Join us this Saturday, August 3rd, as Stan from Robins tastes out our Wines of the Month from Casas del Bosque and Chehalem Vineyards! Click here to learn more!

  • Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenere
  • Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
  • Chehalem Mountains Pinot Gris
  • Chelhalem Three Vineyards Pinot Noir


About the Vineyards

Casas del Bosque

"The Cúneo family, of Italian origin, founded Casas del Bosque in 1993 in the Casablanca Valley, located 70 kilometers from Santiago, capital of Chile, and 30 kilometers from the port of Valparaíso, Cultural Heritage of Unesco. 

Casas del Bosque is one of the most prestigious vineyards in the Casablanca Valley. In 2010 it became “The best vineyard to visit in Chile” Le Winery Guide, Brazil, and its Tanino restaurant was chosen as one of the best cuisines by the Canadian magazine Wine Access. Later, in 2013 and 2014, in the United Kingdom the vineyard was recognized as “The Chilean Wine Producer of the Year” in the “International Wine & Spirits Competition”."

About Chehalem Vineyards

"Chehalem boasts a rich history of innovation, sustainability, and exceptional quality. Known for our single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and a progressive approach to white wines, we firmly believe that outstanding wine should accompany every course of a meal.

Our wine quality is determined by the cool macro-climate of the Willamette Valley, vintage, soil profiles, vineyard micro-climates, and winemaking style. Our job is to let the terroir speak and to make the winemaker imprint as transparent as possible."


Tasting Notes

Casas del Bosque Reserva Carmenere

Carménère comes from the Bordeaux region in France, and in our field it is one of the last varieties to be harvested, waiting for its ideal maturity. After its elaboration process, its guard extends for 10 months in French oak barrels.

On the nose, it has marked notes of cedar, bacon and graphite with a touch of fresh lavender, and on the palate, notes of black cherry, sweet tobacco and cinnamon give way to a touch of terrosity and ripe pepper.

Intense red with a garnet tone. The aromas remind of black cherries, plums and dried leaves and some notes of chocolate and spices from the French oak barrels in which the wine was aged. This Carmenère is soft and round, with soft tannins and good persistence.

Casas del Bosque Reserva Sauvignon Blanc

One of the most awarded Sauvignon Blanc in Chile. With its marked notes of smoke and sea salt clearly shows the most amazing features of our vineyard. After the night harvest, the grapes remain in contact with their skins for a minimum of five days before being pressed.

On the nose live notes of lime, guava and sea salt are expressed with a touch of white pepper. In the mouth, intense flavors of ginger and citrus peel give a very mineral structure and fresh acidity.

A pale yellow Sauvignon Blanc with green highlights. The nose has intense aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit and distinctive jalapeno notes, with some delicate floral nuances.

In the mouth, it is refreshing, with pronounced citrus flavors and a pleasant mineral acidity. Very nice and long finish.

Chehalem Mountains Pinot Gris

Our 2018 Chehalem Mountains Pinot Gris reflects the diversity of our namesake AVA. The variety of soil types across this region provide depth and complexity to this approachable wine. The aroma is fresh and vibrant, showing stone fruits and ripe pear with hints of spring flowers and honeycomb. The palate is round with a weighted viscosity that lifts on the finish thanks to bright acidity. Our Pinot Gris is a beautiful white wine for a sunny day. 

Chelhalem Three Vineyards Pinot Noir

From the first pour, this Three Vineyard blend seems to continuously evolve keeping you intrigued start to finish. Bold yet bright with introductions of lush pie cherries and black tea evolving into blackberries and spice. The palate structure has a full presence that shows weight yet is delicate with silky tannins and crisp acid. A Pinot Noir that is drinkable now or can be laid down for years.

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