Father’s Day 2022 is just around the corner, and when I think of celebrating our fathers, I think of an afternoon or early evening barbecue with hamburgers, grilled chicken, or a juicy steak. I am thinking of pairing hearty Chilean red wine with a fathers’ day meal this year. Here are some Father’s Day wine suggestions.
Chilean Red Wine Malbec
Secreto De Viu Manent Malbec 2019: By far my favorite of this group of Chilean wines for Father’s Day 2022. Being called Secreto, one wonders what the secret varietal is blending with Malbec. Secreto presents itself as not your typical Malbec. The grapes come from the Valle De Colchagua, which consists of Piedmont soils. Approximately 36% of the wine ages for ten months in French oak barrels, with the rest held in stainless steel and concrete tanks that promote the fruitiness and freshness of the wine. One finds aromas of red fruits on the nose. On the palate, find a balanced wine with fresh red fruits.
Chilean Red Wine Carmenere
Terranoble Carmenere 2018: The grapes come from 25-plus-year-old vines in the Maule Valley at the foot of the Andes Mountains that consist of clayey soils that are volcanic and colluvial in composition. The majority of the wine ages in previously used French oak, with 30% being untoasted foudre for 12 months. The wine has a savory component, emphasizing the black and red fruits with spices and fresh mint. Hints of chocolate and mocha accent the round tannins of this wine.
Koyle Gran Reserva Carmenere: The winery in the Colchagua Valley is certified Demeter Biodynamic as well as designated Non-GMO Verified and Vegan. The wine ages 14 months. The grapes are grown in a terroir of clay textured with volcanic rocks and colluvial stones. On the nose, Earth notes of cedar and tobacco prevailed, while on the palate, I discovered dried fruit flavors accented by earthy qualities and minerality with pepper on the finish. I recommend aerating the wine before drinking.
Chilean Red Wine Blend
Emiliana Coyam 2018: The grapes come from the Colchagua Valley and are grown organically. The terroir is influenced by the Coastal Mountain Range and volcanic soils. This wine blends Syrah, Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Malbec, Carignan,Tempranillo and Mourvedre. The wine ages for 14 months in primarily French oak, a mixture of new and second and third-year barrels, with a small percentage of the wine aging in 2000-5000 liter foudres and concrete eggs. I found a very earthy wine on the nose that showcased dark cherry flavors mixed with raisins and black pepper. The wine exemplifies a very smooth and integrated wine with dark fruits and pepper on the finish.
Tarapaca Gran Reserve: Tarapaca represents one of Chile’s oldest wineries dating back to 1874. This wine combines Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Carmenere, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are organically grown in the Maipo Valley. The soils in the area consist of Piedmont, Mansel, and Ciruelo. My description of this wine is down and dirt-y with Chilean wine. On the nose, find earthy aromas of tobacco and herbal qualities. The wine is smooth and well-balanced with flavors of black fruit, especially blackberries. I sensed some pepper coming from the Syrah.
Father’s Day 2022
Any of these wines offer an excellent choice for Father’s Day 2022. Besides Father’s Day, any of these wines make the perfect wine for any summer barbecue.
Have a Happy Father’s Day 2022; however, you choose to spend the day with your dad.
Note: Common to the wine industry, this writer received hosted wine samples. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure.