Last week fellow Vintage Wine Taster Mike and I attended the Chilean Wine Tour seminar and wine tasting event in San Francisco. We tasted several Chilean wines, most of them reasonably priced and very good wines. In particular, we were quite impressed with the wines from Vina Tabali. The Tabali winemaker, Filipe Muller, was present and we had the opportunity to chat with him and find out about the winery and how he makes his wine.
Later in the week I went to KL Wines in Redwood City and purchased several bottles of Tabali wine. These three are under $20 and ones that I can highly recommend.
Tabali 2011 Talinay Sauvignon Blanc – $18.99
This is a very clean and pleasant S.B. with balanced acidity and lots of minerality. The wine’s minerality lingers long in the mouth. This is one of those wines that make a perfect pairing with a light fish meal like Petrale Sole or fried Calarmari. It is a little at the high-end price range for a good S.B. but nonetheless worthy of buying. Robert Parker gives the wine 91 points, I will go with 89 points.
Tabali 2011 Viognier – $11.99
The Tabali Viognier does not have the strong aromatics of floral and fruit notes that you would find in a typical California or French Viognier. These characteristics are more subtle in this wine. What is unique is the minerality in the wine that gives the wine an extra punch. This wine really grows on you as you sip through the glass. It is a very fresh tasting wine – in the mouth a great texture and traits of honey and lemon and fantastic minerality. The finish is beautiful and lingering. This is a terrific wine in my book. Compared to other Viognier wines, it may not hold its own but as wine on its own, this one is different and well worth trying, especially at $11.99 at KL Wines. 87 Points
Tabali 2009 Reserve Syrah – $14.99
An excellent-tasting Syrah for the price. It is well balanced and full of flavors. It has just the right amount of black pepper spice and nice flavors of black fruit. We had this wine with an Arugula cheese pizza and we thought it paired well. The only downside was that we drank this wine while watching the San Francisco Giants go down in defeat in the first game of the National League Championship Series. 88 Points
I shot this short video of Tabali winemaker Felipe Muller telling us about the Tabali winery. Those of you who get the email verison of the article will have to go to the posted article on the GoodCheapVino.com blog to view the one-minute video. Cheers, and happy hunting for Chilean wines. Go Giants!