March 2012 - South America - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is South American - All Wines
South America - All Wines Reviews
197817
Susana Balbo
2010 Signature Malbec
Dark purple color. Pure aromas of blackberry cobbler, honeycomb, and creamy nougat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, polished, and tangy berry, spice, herb, and cedar finish. A sensational table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197810
Bodini
2011 Malbec
Toasty blackberry pie crust and toffee aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a plush, creamy apple custard and spiced nut finish. Very enticing and appetizing.
92 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197790
Don Mateo
2009 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Creamy aromas of cassis custard pie, caramelized nuts, chocolate and savory herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, juicy finish with notes of vanilla, blueberry, green pepper and flower patch. A delicious, elegant table wine.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197809
Añoro
2009 Malbec
Aromas of chocolate cream wafers, honey, and spicy berry compote with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, pomegranate gelato, sandalwood and baking spice finish. Elegant and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197689
Echeverria
2010 Reserva Carmenere
Deep ruby black color. Lightly perfumed spiced plum, cedar and chocolate aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, deeply concentrated dried berry, apple and peppercorn accented finish. Delicious.
91 points $11.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197811
Crios
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Pleasing aromas of dried flowers, honeycomb, butter roasted nuts and cassis with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, citrus, vanilla and spice accented finish. A rock solid cabernet for all occasions.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197814
La Posta
2010 Estela Armando Vineyard Bonarda
Deep purple color. Aromas of roasted beets, baked berry, and peppery spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy, sour cherry, raspberry, and earth finish. A serious table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197815
La Posta
2010 Tinto Mendoza
Aromas of toasty blueberry muffin with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, creme brulee, toffee and berry compote finish with dusty tannins. Wonderfully balanced and juicy; will be a hit with Latin beef.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197690
Casa Nueva
2008 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby color. Steely aromas of roasted tomatoes, red clay, currant and tomato with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a savory sautéed carrot, dusty beet and berry finish. A rustic, Old World styled claret that will shine at the table.
91 points $19.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197791
Don Mateo
2009 Gran Reserva Syrah
Aromas of boysenberry pie a la mode and melted toffee with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a long, tangy, elegant vanilla kissed finish. Stylish and balanced.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197595
Graffigna
2008 Grand Reserve Malbec
Deep violet color. Bright fruity aromas of blueberry creme brulee, sweet potato and brown spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, nicely concentrated dried fruit, crunchy apple, and pencil shaving accented finish. Elegant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197954
Chilcas
2010 Reserva Carmenere
Garnet violet color. Aromas of blueberry, chocolate, grilled grapefruit and smoked pink peppercorn with a supple, fruity medium body and a smooth, tangy, blackberry, green apple skin and cedar dust. Exotically fun and flavorful and a great table choice.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197967
Chilcas
2011 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Pale silvery straw color. Lush aromas of guava, grapefruit, and green pepper with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy citrus and banana leaf accented finish. Fresh and exotically flavorful.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197410
Caligiore
2010 Reserve Malbec
Purple color. Aromas of pistachio praline, waxy honeycomb, and boysenberry pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty apple, cedar, clay and tropical citrus accented finish. Nicely styled.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197812
Crios
2011 Malbec
Aromas of vanilla toffee, mocha cream, and blueberry gelato with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, smooth, pencil shaving and spice accented finish.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197742
Bodega Elena de Mendoza
2010 Red Blend Mendoza
Raspberry pie a la mode aromas and flavors with a fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy toffee, vanilla, and cherry sauce driven finish. A delicious sipper.
89 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197411
Caligiore
2010 Reserve Syrah
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas and flavors of dark berry compote, vanilla, and chocolate with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and rich, maple fudge, caramel apple and powdery tannin finish. Delicious.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198138
Crios
2011 Syrah-Bonarda
Deep garnet violet color. Bright aromas of raspberry cobbler, vanilla, faint bacon and pepper with a fruity medium-to-full body and a juicy, cedar and chewy tannin finish.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197683
Echeverria
2011 Classic Collection Carmenere
Aromas of dark berries, cocoa, black pepper, and plantain with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body with a crisp, caramel apple and cedar accented finish. Tasty.
88 points $8.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197409
Grazioso
2011 Torrontes
Pale golden color. Bright floral aromas of peaches and jasmine with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, tart citrusy, mineral and dried banana accented finish. Tasty.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197686
Casa Nueva
2009 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of crayon, roasted tomato and fennel, olive, and butter roasted pistachios with a silky, dryish medium body and a craisin, spiced nut, and forest floor accented finish. A nice earthy table wine.
88 points $10.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197687
Echeverria
2009 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of Playdoh, dried cherry, and candied nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cedar, peppercorn, and pomegranate coulis accented finish. A nicely styled table wine.
88 points $11.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197951
Chilcas
2010 Reserva Chardonnay
Mild lime and melon custard aromas with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart, honeyed citrus peel, green apple, and chalk finish. A nice food wine.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197955
Chilcas
2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of cassis pie with a graham cracker crust, Indian spices, and roasted pecans with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lively, grilled citrus, cedar, and brown spice accented finish with firm tannins. Give this a year or two.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197956
Chilcas
2010 Reserva Pinot Noir
Unusual aromas of lemon-lime marmalade, cranberry sauce and coconut custard with a supple, tangy, light-to-medium body and a jazzy, nut, sun-dried tomato and dried flower accented finish. Distinctive.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197953
Chilcas
2010 Reserva Syrah
Blueberry cobbler, eucalyptus honey, and date cake aromas with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smoky nut and cedar accented finish with chewy tannin. Nice structure and savory flavor for the table.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197813
Crios
2011 Rosé of Malbec
Electric pale garnet color. Aromas of strawberry and watermelon with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, kiwi and delicate spice accented finish. Very tasty and refreshing.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197592
Graffigna
2008 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of mulberries, craisins, and chocolate with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, citrus nut and peppery spice finish. A very appetizing cabernet.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197593
Graffigna
2010 Reserve Malbec
Deep purple color. Aromas of roasted nuts nougat, berries in cream, and delicate spices with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zippy black raspberry, cedar and firm, chewy tannin finish. A very nice choice for the table.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197741
Bodega Elena de Mendoza
2010 Malbec
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of roasted pepper, buttermilk caramel, and mulberries with a silky, fruity medium body and a milk chocolate, apple and cherry sauce finish. A nice fruity everyday wine.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197743
Bodega Elena de Mendoza
2010 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Bright grilled pineapple and banana and honeyed apple aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, citrus finish.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197408
Staccato
2011 Malbec-Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Aromas of cassis cobbler, chocolate, cedar, and roasted pepper with a fruity medium body and a sweet, juicy vanilla custard finish. A tasty, fruity everyday sipper.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197685
Echeverria
2010 Reserva Pinot Noir
Aromas and flavors of sour cherries, cedar, and praline with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body a tangy roasted tomato, apple, and nut accented finish. A rock sold food wine.
87 points $11.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197952
Chilcas
2010 Reserva Merlot
Garnet violet color. Aromas of spicy poached plum, graham cracker, roasted nut, and cedar with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy, tannic savory tomato and slate accented finish.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197594
Graffigna
2011 Centenario Pinot Grigio
Aromas of nectarine, nougat, lime and melon with a tart, dryish light-to-medium body and a puckering lemon and chalk finish. A very dry and crisp, mineral focused pinot grigio. Serve with oysters.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197816
Mapema
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright pale golden color. Mild aromas of Key lime pie and melon with a soft, crisp dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy yellow pepper and pink grapefruit finish. Tasty.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197688
Casa Nueva
2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas suggestive of flint, ironed linen, dried tomato on the vine, and berry bush with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a fennel, cedar, and pomegranate sorbet accented finish with leafy tannins. A rustic table wine that needs a little time.
86 points $8.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197117
Llai Llai
2010 Pinot Noir
Complex aromas of spicy pomegranate sauce, lavender, herbed bacon, and sandalwood with a savory, silky dryish medium-to-full body and a tangy grilled orange, apple, and pink peppercorn accented finish. A fun, flavorful pinot.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197682
Battle Axe
2010 Malbec
Garnet purple color. Aromas of nuts, sour cherry, dried lemon, and herb patch with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy boysenberry yogurt, spiced tea and pistachio accented finish.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197200
Don Miguel Gascón
2010 Malbec
Aromas of raspberry yogurt, chocolate crisp bar, pepper and yams with a supple, dryish medium body and cedar, blackberry, red apple and earthy mint notes on the lightly tannic finish. A nice table wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197773
Con Carne
NV Sauvignon Blanc
Aromas of green pepper and grapefruit with a tangy dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, grassy lemon soufflé accented finish. A solid food wine.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197684
Casa Nueva
2009 Family Reserva Syrah
Interesting aromas of blackberry yogurt, coconut custard pie, and roasted chili pepper with a fruity-sour, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and pork rind, boysenberry, mushroom tapenade, and mossy earth finish. Different; try with goulash.
84 points $14.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197412
Caligiore
2010 Reserve Bonarda
Inky purple color. Aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and cedar with a supple, dryish medium body and a chewy, grilled apple and powdery tannin finish.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197774
Con Carne
NV Merlot
Dee ruby black color. Aromas of lemon-lavender-thyme soap, cherry custard and nougat with a supple, dryish medium body and a crisp, tannic, and slightly pithy nutskin, apple, and straw finish.
82 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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