Color: Deep red-violet
Nose: Blackcurrant, plums, and cedar
Taste: Full bodied and dense. Wood and black cherries on the palate. Long finish.
Summary: What a difference a half hour can make. I first tasted this wine during last week’s Wines of Chile, Chilean Blends tasting, and frankly, I found it harsh albeit tasty. Ok, maybe this wine could benefit from a couple of more years. I sealed the bottle with a vacuum pump/cork and had another go at it the next day. This time I let it aerate for about half an hour in the glass. Night and day, the harshness was softened, the fruit came alive, and a better balance was attained.
Which brings to mind how some wine pros will pop a cork, pour some wine, smell, taste, and give their recommendation in a matter of a minute, is beyond me. But I digress, Coyam is a Chilean wine blend consisting of 38% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 17% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot, and 1% Mourvedre.
A product of Chile’s Colchagua Valley.