Free Chilean Wine Tasting with Askari OH LLC – Friday, March 09 – 4pm-8pm

Galan Chardonnay 2010 – 9.97 – This Chardonnay is in their entry level range and is quite different from the intense tropical fruit-flavored wines produced in Chile’s Central Valley. Bright straw colour with subtle aromas of peach, melon and spicy pear. Supple rounded pear, peach and fig flavors with a gentle creaminess and a touch of hazelnut. Highest terrace, light spritz, rationally oaked. Some orangey citrus, goes to buttery. Clean & juicy. Pretty solid. Used French & American barrels.

Galan Chardonnay 2011 – 9.97 – Similar notes to above, a little more crisp acid, a little less nut and creaminess. In the cool-climate South American wine regions of Argentina’s Uco Valley and Chile’s Casablanca, Chardonnay has started to develop a presence. In the 1990s, Chardonnay became the second most widely planted white grape variety in Argentina-second only Torrontés. In Chile, it has surpassed Sauvignon blanc and Sauvignon vert to be the most widely planted white wine grape.

Galan Carmenere 2010 – 9.97 – Dark  ruby color.  Notes of cherry, dark berries, tobacco and licorice on the nose. Light-bodied, but still shows concentration of black fruits, black berry in particular.  Light black pepper on the finish. Now rarely found in France, the world’s largest area planted with this variety is in Chile in South America, with more than 8,800 hectares (2009) cultivated in the Central Valley. As such, Chile produces the vast majority of Carménère wines available today and as the Chilean wine industry grows, more experimentation is being carried out on Carménère’s potential as a blending grape, especially with Cabernet Sauvignon.

Dona Catalina Carmenere Reserve 2011 – 11.97 – This wine displays the brightest qualities of the Varietal Carmnere.  Ruby color, ripe red fruits, and a strong bouquet that accents hints of raspberries.  Dona Catalina Carmenere opens up with hints of vanilla and clove on the nose, but finishes with a strong black pepper presence on the finish.  It is a true balance between fruit and spice for Carmenere.

Galan Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – 9.97 – This 1st tier Cabernet Sauvignon offers the best of fruit-forward, lightly oaked Chilean Cabernet.  The aromas of red berries and ripe fruit give one the first impression of a medium-bodied wine that combines classic cabernet aroma and flavour with the slightest touch of french and american oak.

Galan Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 – 11.57 – The wine possess a dense ruby/purple color, and offers exceptionally expressive aromatics consisting of smoke, black cherries, raspberries, and a touch of blackberries and cassis.  The Private Reserve wine’s full-body with velvety tannins give way to a slightly spicy, long, and moderately tannic finish. In Chile, the wines were historically limited by the excessively high yields that were commonplace throughout the country. As producers begun to concentrate on limiting yields, regional differences began to emerge that distinguished Chilean Cabernets.