Some years Calina makes Bravura and in others it doesn’t. This is the best we’ve tried; it shows asphalt, black olive and tobacco aromas in addition to cassis, blackberry and cola flavors. Ripe, fairly rich and true to both the Chile and Cab blueprint. Drink now–2010.
This may seem expensive for a Chilean Merlot, but if it were from California or Bordeaux it would be priced higher. Kendall-Jackson’s Chilean outpost has made a wine that’s minty and earthy on the nose. Delicious and complex, with good blackberry flavors on the tight structure.
Carmenere is popular in Chile, less so in this country, although that's changing. This Cabernet-like wine is inky black, and opens with big gooey aromas of blackberry jam, dark honey, smoky vanilla and a rich earthiness. It tastes simply grand, with enormously extracted blackberry flavors, hugely rich and complicated, but bone dry. Try it with rich foods like…
Carmenère has a rude, rough character to it, but the addition of 60% Cabernet fancies things up a lot. This is a fascinating wine. It’s big, rich and dense. Glycerin coats the glass, and the flavors stick to the palate. Yet the thick tannins are fine and complex. Like a fine Cabernet, with an undercurrent of tobacco.
This Alcance Cab is arguably the best we’ve had from them to date. The color is deep, the aromas of thyme, sage and cassis are alluring, and the flavors are packed in tight and revolve around exuberant boysenberry and cassis fruit. A real mouthful, with toasty mocha and vanilla on the finish.
The Calina label seems to have hit its stride; this Carmenère opens with scents of black fruit, dill sprigs and chocolate. The palate broadens with olive, plum, blackberry and coffee flavors, and as a whole it comes together with a certain ease that announces it’s on the money.
Calina’s first attempt at a super Chilean is successful. The wine, a multiappellation blend, really pops in the mouth. The fruit is ripe and the power is there. However, for someone looking for a reserved red made in the Bordeaux style, something that Chile can deliver, this could come across as aggressive, as the acidity is a bit sharp.
This appealing wine offers a very smooth mouthfeel and full berry cocoa and herb aromas and flavors, with a touch of earthiness that adds unexpected complexity. The finish is long with even tannins, a surprise at this price. A notable value worth pursuing, made of a grape varietal incorrectly thought to be Merlot for many years in Chile.