About Red Wines from Chile

About Red Wines from Chile
Chile is today the 10th largest wine producing country in the world. Production is up slightly since 2010, but down a bit since 2012 and 2013. For years much of the wine was produced from the warm Central Valley, which corrected varietally correct, if unexciting whites and reds meant for retail stores. While these wines still represent a large share of Chile's wine, the industry has made a necessary shift over the past ten years to producing more terroir-driven wines. Dozens of artisan producers in cool climates not far from the Pacific Ocean have planted varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc in greater numbers. In fact, this last variety has produced outstanding results in the San Antonio and Leyda valleys and has been praised my many critics as among the world's finest. The most recognized Chilean wines, in terms of prestige, are the Cabernet Sauvignons of Maipo Valley, just south and east o the capital city of Santiago, are remarkable New World reds with ripe black currant fruit, good acidity and round, soft tannins. Many of these wines are capable of aging for 15-20 years, while a select few compare favorably with their premium counterparts from Napa Valley in California. However, as Chile does not have as esteemed a reputation as California, the Chilean Cabernets are much more reasonable priced. Given the ideal climatic conditions throughout Chile -ample sunshine along with moderating breezes form the ocean and Andes, it stand to reason that Chilean wines will only improve in the future

Top Picks for Chile

Red Wines

Echeverria 2014 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$40
Bright dusty garnet color. Aromas of roast plum, grilled hearts of palm, blistered cherries, and roasted poblano with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, elegant, long orange zest, black pepper, black cassis, spiced tea, mint, and dark chocolate finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lipsmacking Cabernet with a great balance of fruit, oak, and savory terroir.
PKNT 2018 Private Reserve Estate Grown Carmenere
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black peppercorns, plum pastry, sumac, hibiscus, and dried peppers with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of char-roasted fruit with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smoky and savory red with table-tuned acidly; distinctive and delicious.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2016 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Spicy, complex aromas of roasted plums and figs, fine tea, wet earth, allspice, and black peppercorns with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, thought-provoking, very long sesame halvah, honeycomb, and fine tobacco finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A distinctive wine with elegant complexity; a great one to show off.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Quasar 2016 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Black garnet color. Aromas of black cassis, licorice, and spiced chocolates with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, nuanced, very long ganache, balsamic reduction, and toasted chocolate croissant finish with well-integrated tannins. A dark, brooding Cabernet Sauvignon.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Quasar 2016 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$30
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pickled plum, dark chocolate, graham cracker, and latte with a lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a medium-long finish that shows notes of smoked almonds and blackberry cobbler. A delicious, well balanced Cabernet Sauvignon with a great sense of freshness.
Puroandes 2016 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Inviting aromas of baked plums and berries, pastry, vanilla, and spearmint with a slightly chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a graceful, interesting, long dark chocolate, egg custard tart, bramble, thyme, and menthol finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold Chilean cabernet bursting with fruit, herbs, and creamy oak.
92 points $10.99 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2015 Viejo Encachao Carignan
92 points
$25
Ruby color. Aromas of borscht, white beans, thyme, and cherry with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-long roasted parsnip in vinaigrette, French silk pie, and toasted meringue finish with moderate oak flavor. An attractive and well-balanced Carignane in a highly pairable style.
Car Men Air 2016 Grand Reserve Carmenere
91 points
$12.99
Ruby black color. Roasted, fruity aromas and flavors of roasted pomegranate and nuts, singed dark chocolate, and gherkin with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long finish with notes of roasted beets and yams, smoked nuts, and cedar plank with soft, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A spot-on smoky carmenere that will be great with grilled fare.
91 points $12.99
Contempo 2018 Inferno Red Blend Chile
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of grilled tropical fruit, tar, smoked banana leaf, mocha latte, tobacco, sesame oil, and garam masala with a supple, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, medium-length black olive and mortadella finish with moderate oak flavor. A smoky, chewy red for creative pairing.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Balduzzi 2017 Reserva Merlot
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Black violet color. Spicy, smoky aromas of pimento, brined olives, cinnamon, and black pepper with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long blackberry handpie, smoky tobacco, and marinated root vegetables finish with earthy, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. An earthy and stylish merlot with great concentration and loads of savory, salty goodness.
91 points $10.99 Best Buy