Viña Errázuriz’s KAI was Chosen for Top Honours at the New Berlin Tasting Edition in New York
The elegant Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York, with its fantastic view over the Central Park, was the perfect setting for this year’s version of the now-legendary Berlin Tasting. On May 10th of 2010, seventy of the world’s most renowned wine journalists, writers and buyers, met for the most recent version of this event. Read More >
This blind tasting event was originally held in Berlin in 2004, with two Chilean wines—Viñedo Chadwick 2000 and Seña 2001—being chosen atop over two standout wines, French Grand Crus and Italian Super Tuscans.
This year’s tasting began with a presentation by Eduardo Chadwick, in which he compared the world’s primary winegrowing regions, including Bordeaux, Tuscany, Napa and Chile.
The Berlin Tasting – New York then began, with tasters weighing Chile’s wines alongside top global wines such as France’s Chateau Lafite and Haut Brion, Italy’s Sassicaia, and Napa, California’s Opus One and Stag’s Leap, all belonging to the 2006 vintage.
The outcome was a big surprise, with Errázuriz’s KAI chosen for top honours, the best wine of the tasting, which is not only an enormous success for Chile, but also for the country’s unique, emblematic variety, Carmenere. Robert Parker had already scored KAI 2006 with 96 points, reaffirming this variety’s top quality potential.
The Carmenere variety is originally from Bordeaux and was thought to be lost forever due to the philloxera plague that hit Europe the last century, but was rediscovered growing in Chile only a few years ago.
The tasting proved once again that Chile is capable of offering world-class wines based on Carmenere that can take their place alongside the best on the globe.
Margot Adler, Michael Apstein, Eric Arnold, Christines Barr, Sandy Block MW, Roger Bohmrich, Bariness Sheri De Borchgrave, Lana Bortolot, Colleen Caron, Camille Castillo, Denic Catalan, Ed Chan, Amy Chen, Freddy Cicerchia, Tyler Colman, Elmer Contreras, Maggie Dedrick, Fred Dexheimer, Patrick Driscoll, Thomas Farley, Francine Francini, Odila Galer-Noel, Emilei Garvey, Leslie Gevirtz, Howard Goldberg, Anjoleena Griffin-Holst, Douglas Harrington, Liam Harvey, Peter Holt, David Hunter, Alex Joerger, Stephanie Johnson, Alexis Kahn, Lauren Kelleher, Jean Luc Le Du, David Lombardo, Justin Lorenz, Elin Mccoy, Ryan Mills-Knapp, Steve Morrison, Costas Mouzouras, Thomas Murray, Ramon Narvaez, Daniel Posner, Mike Potashnik, Billy Rattner, Josh Raynolds, Alicia Rodriguez, Terry Rogers, Jonathan Ross, Len Rothenberg, Patricia Savoie, Nat Saywell, Carlos Scandaris-Cungu, Michael Schachner, Amanda Schark, John Sellai, Martin Sinkoff, Matt Stinton, Adam Strum, George Taber, Lori Tieszen, Larry Tse, Joe Vita, Brian Zipin, Chris Zoski.