The pinnacle in Chilean dessert wine. The brown-gold color gives it visual gravitas while the nose is pungent, wild and full of honey, peach blossom and lychee. The palate affords richness and flow, while the crisped banana and honey flavors are tops. Sweet, delicious and balanced; made from old-vines, dry-farmed Torontel grapes.
A little lean and fiery from nose to tail, but amid all the heavyweights coming from Chile that might be a good thing. The palate is tight, acidic and fresh, with an Old World mouthfeel and flavors of dried berry, earth, tobacco and spice. Snappy and crisp on the finish, with a final wave of propelling acidity. Drink now through 2014.
Little by little, this Bordeaux blend from Italian ownership is inching toward where it wants to be. The 2005 is the best of the wine’s four vintages to date, but even so it’s mildly sharp and racy in the mouth. In front of that, the bouquet deals a nice blend of cassis, plum, leather and truffle, and the finish is fresh. Could be an excellent wine with a softer…
Sweet, ripe and earthy, with some old-school Chilean aromas of tobacco and baked fruit. 2003 was a hot, dry vintage, and in this case it produced a compact, tight wine with a firm mouthfeel and a nice mix of kirsch, berry and vanilla flavors. It’s smooth enough, with medium intensity. But it also has some snap and kick, which is positive for a wine that’s already…
Caliboro’s first-ever release sports excellent aromatics. But like any serious red made from young grapes, it’s not terribly concentrated. The mouthfeel is light, while the depth and texture are modest. Still, it offers a glimpse of what’s to come, and the future looks bright. A blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc.
Three years into this upper-level project from Francesco Marone of Italy and we’re still waiting for that blockbuster success. The 2004 is a very good wine with darkness, licorice and coffee aromas backed by red berry and plum flavors. It has a ripped mouthfeel and structure, but it’s also a touch tart at its core. Will 2005 offer more?
Still a new wine looking for its place, Erasmo from Caliboro Estate is once again crisp and tight, but unlike the inaugural 2001 the ’02 shows a bit of green alongside racy, tannic red fruit. Hits like a bass drum on the tongue; expect better from the 2003, although this wine is still very good. Imported by Palm Bay Imports.