Carole Dobbler dropped by today with Giorgio Flessati, the wine maker at Vina Falernia, Chile. Falernia have some of the highest vineyards in Chile

Giorgio is from Italy and he brings a real Italian flare to his Elqui Valley wines. Except for the single vineyard wines, all his Falernia wines use appassimento or dried grapes just like the grapes for Amarone!

We tasted:

Falernia Sauvignon Blanc 2014 – Clear light greenish gold. Very verdant white fruit nose with lots of minerality. Wonderful mineral attack of lush fresh fruit. Long and elegant. +732575 $

Falernia Pinot Noir 2012 – Perfect mid ruby/garnet. Old school mineral nose of wild cherry and perm solution. Silken attack of brightly acidic savoury fruit. Elegant and expressive. Excellent. +345058 $

Falernia Carmenere/Syrah 2012 Reserva from alluvial soil. Glistening perfect mid ruby garnet. 1/3 Carmenere used is from dried grapes. Bright purple nose of smoky black currant and plum. Slippery silken palate that delivers big lush fruit, (only 5 grams/litre of sugar). A sweet impression in a dry, balanced wine. Luxurious. +510172 $

Falernia Reserva Carmenere ‘Pedriscal’ 2013 – Dark ruby/garnet velvet hue. American oak barrels from a French Cooper. Lush spiced nose of blackberry/plum. Plush attack of smoky expressive fruit with lean, balanced acidity and velveteen tannin. ❤  +770258 $$

Falernia  Reserva Syrah  ‘Titon’ 2012 – Glistening dark ruby hue. Sexy smoked pork belly nose, black plum fruit and currant. Super slick, silky attack of black olive and chewy black plum. Lean and elegant. Wonderfully balanced. ❤ Big black currant aftertaste. +770259  $$

This was my first meeting of the day. I also took clumsy Scotch Whisky tasting notes sampling Tullibardine which I may or may not publish later. Tomorrow you can read about my adventures with Mister James Lindner from the magical Langmeil Barossa.

Now, back to work.




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