Thursday, December 24, 2009

Best Wine Tasted In 2009 - Luis Felipe Dona Bernarda

Well, its not just one wine but rather a series. Luis Felipe Edwards wines are wonderful. They started in 1976 and are from Chile. Don't just go and grab any Luis Felipe wines. They have been producing various collection, to name a few Bebibilidad, Hilltop, Gran Reserva ... but the best has to be the Dona Bernarda. The wine was aged in French oak for 18 months. The 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007 from Colchagua Valley are unbeatable in value and drink-ability. Frankly, the year of production is pretty consistent year in year out. Never been disappointed with my 3 different bottles this year.

Remember the bottle has the face of a woman on it.

Doña Bernarda was made since 1997. They skipped the vintage 1998 because they didn't reach the required quality. It had more than 85 % of Cab. Sauvignon until 1999. From 2000 they don't state the variety on the label, since it is a blend from different ones. It has been always mainly Cab. Sauvignon, but we they have used Malbec, Cab. Franc, Petit Verdot and Carmenere.

Technical Data: 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Petite Verdot, 5% Cabernet Franc. Aged 18 months in French new oak barrels.

Description:Deep dark red color, This wine shows pleasant aromas and flavors of dried plum, blackberry and violets, followed by chocolate and mocha notes from its aging in oak barrels. A full-bodied wine yet a very soft mouth, with a great length.

The wine must be allowed to breathe for at least 30 minutes. ... ripe and shall I say delicious, so much so that you can almost eat it. Sigh .. I know I am partial to distinctive and "loud" wines rather than the subtle French wines, but what to do.


All Trading Ideas said...

New World wines particularly South African and Chilean has distinctive quality. Of course, selectively.

Shaun Lee said...

do you happen to know of any wine tasting groups in KL? i'm thirsty!

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