wines of Casa Marin, San Antonio Valley,
Impressive wine from this boutique Chilean winery
Chile has relatively few boutique
wineries: most producers here are quite big. Casa Marin is a try
boutique winery, though, founded in 2000 by winemaker Maria Luz Marín.
Just 25 acres were planted initially, and there are a number of
different vineyards on the property.
Casa Marin claims to be the closest
winery to the Pacific Ocean in Chile. It’s just 4 km from the sea,
in the cool climate San Antonio region.
I tasted these wines together with Maria
and her husband Andres Schloss (pictured top).
Casa Marin Miramar Vineyard Riesling
2010 San Antonio, Chile
Pure, mineral and limey with nice purity and some texture.
Precise with a bit of grip. Very fresh, with real personality.
Casa Marin Cipresses Vineyard
Sauvignon Blanc 2009 San Antonio, Chile
Nice green herbal/green pepper edge to the bright fruit on the
nose. The palate shows good concentration with some minerality and
generous textured herby fruit. 90/100
Casa Marin Laurel Vineyard Sauvignon
Blanc 2009 San Antonio, Chile
Broad, sweet nose with green pepper and pear fruit. The palate
is sweetly fruited with some melony notes. Bold, textured and
Casa Marin Estero Vineyard Sauvignon
Gris 2009 San Antonio, Chile
Rich, ripe and bold with some melon, pear and apple fruit on the
richly textured palate. Bold with nice freshness and good acidity.
Casa Marin Casona Vineyard Gewürztraminer
2009 San Antonio, Chile
Richly textured, bold, grapey and fresh with nice lychee, melon
and grape fruit. There’s nice spiciness and a fresh finish. Lovely
Casa Marin Lo Abarca Hills Vineyard
Pinot Noir 2007 San Antonio, Chile
Sweet, ripe cherry fruit nose is warm with a bit of savoury
spiciness. The palate is fresh with a lovely spicy, slightly earthy,
savoury core as well as vivid cherry fruit. Nicely expressive with a
mineral dimension. 93/100
Casa Marin Miramar Vineyard Syrah 2009
San Antonio, Chile
11.7% alcohol. Fresh, vivid and pure with bright red berry and
cherry fruit, as well as a strong pepperiness. Lovely grippy tannins
and a hint of menthol/medicine/clove. A really interesting wine
that’ savoury and intense. 92/100
from Limari Valley, Chile
Chile's wine regions (a series from a visit in 2008)
Wines tasted 05/11
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