About Rosé Wine from Chile

About Rosé Wine 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

Rosé Wine

La Playa 2017 Estate Series Dry Rosé Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
Best Buy
Pink color. Peppery aromas of diced jalapeño, pink peppercorn, marinated strawberries, and spice box with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, crisp grilled watermelon finish. A very table-friendly rose with savory nuances.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Loma Negra 2018 Rose Central Valley
87 points
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of diced green pepper, grilled rhubarb, sliced strawberries, and honeyed lemon with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a medium-length finish that shows notes of rhubarb compote with no oak flavor. A great grill-out rose with attractive savory notes.
87 points $4.99 Best Buy
La Playa 2018 Estate Series Dry Rosé Colchagua Valley
86 points
Best Buy
Khaki orange color. Aromas of watermelon candies, linen, and strawberry rhubarb compote with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a polished, easy watermelon salsa finish with no oak flavor. Bright and juicy, with a bone dry finish, this could be an easy ’rosé all day’ selection for a hot summer afternoon.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Rose Quartz 2017 Rose Pinot Noir
84 points
Coral orange color. Funky aromas of strawberries in powdered sugar, steamed spinach, béarnaise, and bread and butter pickles with a supple, vibrant, light body and a tingling, relaxed green peppercorn finish. A funky pink quaffer from Chile that will make for interesting pairings.
84 points $19.99