The wines of Casa Marin, San Antonio Valley, Chile   
Impressive wine from this boutique Chilean winery


Chile has relatively few boutique wineries: most producers here are quite big. Casa Marin is a try boutique winery, though, founded in 2000 by winemaker Maria Luz Marín. Just 25 acres were planted initially, and there are a number of different vineyards on the property.

Casa Marin claims to be the closest winery to the Pacific Ocean in Chile. It’s just 4 km from the sea, in the cool climate San Antonio region.

I tasted these wines together with Maria Luz Marín and her husband Andres Schloss (pictured top).


Casa Marin Miramar Vineyard Riesling 2010 San Antonio, Chile
Pure, mineral and limey with nice purity and some texture. Precise with a bit of grip. Very fresh, with real personality. 91/100

Casa Marin Cipresses Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 San Antonio, Chile
Nice green herbal/green pepper edge to the bright fruit on the nose. The palate shows good concentration with some minerality and generous textured herby fruit. 90/100

Casa Marin Laurel Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2009 San Antonio, Chile
Broad, sweet nose with green pepper and pear fruit. The palate is sweetly fruited with some melony notes. Bold, textured and impressive. 91/100

Casa Marin Estero Vineyard Sauvignon Gris 2009 San Antonio, Chile
Rich, ripe and bold with some melon, pear and apple fruit on the richly textured palate. Bold with nice freshness and good acidity. 91/100

Casa Marin Casona Vineyard Gewürztraminer 2009 San Antonio, Chile
Richly textured, bold, grapey and fresh with nice lychee, melon and grape fruit. There’s nice spiciness and a fresh finish. Lovely balance. 91/100

Casa Marin Lo Abarca Hills Vineyard Pinot Noir 2007 San Antonio, Chile
Sweet, ripe cherry fruit nose is warm with a bit of savoury spiciness. The palate is fresh with a lovely spicy, slightly earthy, savoury core as well as vivid cherry fruit. Nicely expressive with a mineral dimension. 93/100

Casa Marin Miramar Vineyard Syrah 2009 San Antonio, Chile
11.7% alcohol. Fresh, vivid and pure with bright red berry and cherry fruit, as well as a strong pepperiness. Lovely grippy tannins and a hint of menthol/medicine/clove. A really interesting wine that’ savoury and intense. 92/100

See also:

Photographs from Limari Valley, Chile
Visiting Chile's wine regions (a series from a visit in 2008)

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