Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada

Born in Malta but in Canada since age 5. Has written three books and presently does several columns about wine and food for various magazines.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Casa Silva Makes Some Fine Wine

Valle de Colchagua
The Colchagua Valley  occupies the southern part of Rapel Valley, running from the Andes in the east to the Coastal Range in the west. Colchagua has a cool Mediterranean Climate  with 592 mm  rainfall, and soils of clay, sand and decomposed granite. 

Casa de Silva Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc  2020             $19.95                    94 points/100
Colour: Brilliant Lemon Yellow, clear, no debris
Nose: Herbal grass, tropical fruit (pineapple), citrus lemon, straw
Palate: Dry, grape fruit, some citrus peel. Medium body, nice balance and mouthfeel. Pleasant, refreshing finish.
Comments: Clearly a super wine for food such as fish, oysters, shrimp and salads, light meat. Also super for summer sipping.

Casa Silva Reserva Cuvee Colchagua   Chardonnay        $14.95                     93/100 points
Colour: Brilliant golden  lemon, clear and no debris 
Nose: Citrus with some herbal notes, peach, vanilla, smoke
palate: round, mellow, soft with medium body and creamy texture. Vanilla on finish with a nice pucker of acidity.
Comments: Nice sipping wine but also fine with a variety of foods. Comes from hand picked and hand sorted bunches at CS's own estates. 20 % aged for 4 months in French Oak and 80% aged in stainless steel tanks. Power for most meats and ideal for sea food/fowl.

Casa Silva Reserve Cuvee Colchagua Sauvignon Blanc    $14.95                    93/100 points
Colour:  Lemon yellow, clear, brilliant with no debris
Nose; Herbal spice, tropical fruit, yellow berry, vanilla (even though no wood).
Palate: Round  medium bodied, pleasant refreshing mouth feel, Lingering refreshing finish.
Comments: From very old vines, hand picked and sorted. Vanilla on nose may be from being left on lees.

Casa Silva  Gran Terroir de Los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon    $19.95           91/100 points
Colour: Dark red, no debris 
Nose: Mixture of red (initial) and dark fruit. Chocolate, mint, cigar and pepper nuances
Palate: Full bodied, soft in mouth feel, but strong tannin, round and balanced, powerful.
Comments: From the special sections of Los Lingues Vineyards, very old vines. Hand selected and sorted. Malolactic fermentation in French oak.80% aged 12 months in French Oak  and 20% in stainless steel tanks. Can age! Great with game/beef.

Casa Silva Gran Terroir de la Costa Syrah                          $19.95                   93.5/100 points
Colour: Deep red, clear, no debris
Nose: Black cherry, raspberry, chocolate, smoke, pepper spice
Palate: Ripe black fruit, vanilla, caramel, mocha with beautiful tannin and long finish. Full bodied.
Comments: A wine to keep in mind with a firm future ahead of it..Serious stuff. Hand picked and sorted from the Lolol Estate, it is 90% aged in New French oak for 12 months as well as having full Malolactic fermentation in French Oak. 10% of it is stainless steel tanks. At that price-----get a case and put away for at least two years but --------! Food wine exceptional for the best aged meats, game, rabbit etc.

Casa Silva Gran Terroir de Los Andes                             $19.95                      94.5/100 points  
Colour:  Dark red, clear with no debris
Nose: Mixture of red and dark fruit, with "forest floor" nuances, vanilla, burnt leaves
Palate: Full in body, dark fruit (black berry, plum) with soft tannin and round, balance. Long finish
Comments: Los Lingues Estate, Hand picked/sorted. Well made and powerful. 12 months 85% French oak aged and 15% stainless steel  Once again: Malolactic in French oak barrels.  Capable of working with many curried dishes as well as beef, game and fowl.