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WTN /WineAdvisor: Impressive Chilean red (Nomad '04 blend)

Postby Robin Garr » Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:30 pm

Impressive Chilean red

I've become such a fan of Argentina and its excellent, affordable wines that I occasionally need a gentle reminder not to forget the other side of South America's Andes. Of course Chile makes fine and affordable wines, too, and the recent arrival here of an unusual Chilean red called <b>Nomad</b> puts an exclamation point on the end of that sentence.

A mix of four grape varieties from four separate Chilean regions, Nomad blends 75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley, 16 percent Syrah from Alto Cachapoal, 7 percent Carmenère from Western Maipo and 2 percent Malbec from the alliterative if little-known Bio Bio Valley.

Earthy and ripe, with nuances of smoke and meat that echo similar characteristics in fine Syrah-based wines from the Northern Rhone, it's an unusual and appealing red, with extracted fruit, perceptible oak and alcoholic power that evoke "internationalized" New World reds, but it's salvaged by subtle earth and nuance and complexity that make it a winner, and a real value at a mid-teens price.

Now for the bad news: Only 1,100 cases were made, most of them apparently destined for U.S. export. There's virtually no information about Nomad online, and I have no idea how a stash of it turned up in Louisville, Ky. Normally I try not to tantalize you with difficult-to-find rarities, but this one is just offbeat and appealing enough that I thought you'd pardon an exception. Even if you can't find the 2004 vintage now, it's worth filing the name "Nomad" away, in the happy event that you run into it in later vintages.

Putting together bits and pieces from extensive Google-searching, Nomad appears to be a Chilean venture by American wine makers T.J. Evans, who has made wine at Alderbrook and La Crema wineries, and Jeffrey Jarvis, who owns a small California vineyard. It's imported by Jessica Tomei, who also makes white wines at a Chilean winery called Porta, which appears to be a sibling of Nomad's within a larger Chilean parent corporation, Corpora.

If you can find it, it comes with my strong buy recommendation at this price. And if you know any more about the wine or its producers than I do, please drop me a note and let me know!

<table border="0" align="right" width="105"><tr><td><img src="http://www.wineloverspage.com/graphics1/noma0703.jpg" border="1" align="right"></td></tr></table>Nomad 2004 Chile Red Wine ($16)

This opaque wine is an inky, shiny patent-leather black color almost all the way to the dark-garnet edge. Earthy black-fruit aromas blend ripe plums with smoke and raw beef. Mouth-filling plum and spice flavors are juicy and full, with crisp acidity providing good structure. Fresh fruit and a whiff of woodsmoke linger in the finish. Oak is evident, but it's handled well and doesn't dominate the fruit. This may sound like an international-style, "<i>Mondovino</i>" wine that would normally repel me, but it's not: Complexity and balance and subtle earthiness save it from mere "fruit bomb" status and make it an interesting, if offbeat, table wine. U.S. importer: Jessica Tomei, Camino, Calif. (July 3, 2006)

<B>FOOD MATCH:</b> Its rather exotic complexity made it a fine companion with a Chinese-style dish of stir-fried beef and onions with Asian spices. Structure and smoky-meaty notes would also make it as natural a choice as a hearty red Rhone with grilled red meat.

<B>VALUE:</B> It's a fine value in the middle teens.

<B>WHEN TO DRINK:</B> This sturdy blend of ageworthy grapes ought to hold up well for several years, and I wouldn't rule out its evolving into something a bit more delicate with cellar time.

<B>WEB LINK:</B>
There's a dearth of information about Nomad on the Internet, but this link leads to the English-language pages for Corpora, its Chilean parent firm.
Importer Jessica Tomei is featured on this site as a wine maker at Porta, a sibling winery.

<B>FIND THIS WINE ONLINE:</B>
A limited number of vendors for Nomad come up on Wine-Searcher.com.
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Re: WTN /WineAdvisor: Impressive Chilean red (Nomad '04 blen

Postby Otto » Wed Jul 12, 2006 4:51 pm

Ooooooh! I luuuurve camels! They are bad tempered, they always try to bite me, they never move where you want them to move, and travelling by camel is like sitting in a rowboat in a bad storm and they smell incredibly bad. But they are the most sympathetic animals in the world!

I love the label, and if anyone is willing to soak it off and send it to me by mail for my camel collection, I would be eternally grateful and will of course pay for postage!

The wine inside sounds a bit too spoofy for me.
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Re: WTN /WineAdvisor: Impressive Chilean red (Nomad '04 blen

Postby Robin Garr » Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:41 pm

Otto Nieminen wrote:I love the label, and if anyone is willing to soak it off and send it to me by mail for my camel collection, I would be eternally grateful and will of course pay for postage!


I'll try to get it off, Otto, although I haven't had much luck making modern labels come off. Would a much larger digital image that you could print out be helpful as an alternative?

The wine inside sounds a bit too spoofy for me.


I can't deny that it's a bit spoofulated, but it's far from the worst. You've seen me rant about wines like that before! This one isn't so bad ... it's more like a Northern Rhone with a Chilean accent.
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Re: WTN /WineAdvisor: Impressive Chilean red (Nomad '04 blen

Postby Otto » Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:03 pm

Robin Garr wrote:
I'll try to get it off, Otto, although I haven't had much luck making modern labels come off. Would a much larger digital image that you could print out be helpful as an alternative?


Actually the larger digital image would be a better idea. 'Twould be most kind of you to send it!
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Re: WTN /WineAdvisor: Impressive Chilean red (Nomad '04 blen

Postby Robin Garr » Wed Jul 12, 2006 6:38 pm

Otto Nieminen wrote:Actually the larger digital image would be a better idea. 'Twould be most kind of you to send it!


'twould be my pleasure! Why don't you send me an E-mail from the address you prefer to use, and I'll attach the image to my reply. You can mail me at wine@wineloverspage.com
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