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March 2013 - South America - All Wines

March 2013 - South America - All Wines
This month's Wine feature is South American - All Wines
(Argentine, Brazilian, Chilean, Ecuador, Peruvian, Uruguayan) Wines

South America - All Wines Reviews

Echeverria 2009 Signatura 1 Syrah
94 points
$80
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of boysenberry chutney, caramelized nuts, and eucalyptus with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, tangy, spiced cherry and mineral accented finish. A deliciously flavorful and classy syrah for sipping or the finest cut of prime rib.
Quasar 2009 Signo Syrah
93 points
$70
Inky violet garnet color. Dense aromas of spiced toffee, eucalyptus, and black raspberry jam with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a lively, baking spice, cedar, and mineral accented finish. A vibrant, flavorful syrah that is drinking beautifully now, but will be even better in a year or two.
Trapiche 2010 Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet violet color. Attractive aromas of dill pickle, floral honeycomb, spiced berry, and buttered tomato focaccia with a satiny fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a zesty, complex herb, spiced nut, and mild eucalyptus accented finish. Impressive flavor and panache for sipping or spicy meat dishes.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Durigutti 2009 Reserva Malbec
91 points
$24.99
Deep opaque purple color, as black as the night. Resonant nose of black currants and burnt vine cuttings. Juicy big berry and earth flavors and fine tannins follow. Enticing, warm lingering finish bodes well for this wine.
91 points $24.99
Sierra Batuco 2010 Gran Reserva, "Lone Rider Premium Selection" Maule Valley
91 points
$25
Deep garnet black color. Aromas of berry compote, brown spices, pepper, and praline with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, vanilla nougat, apple skin and citrus kissed finish with fine, chewy tannins. Great structure and table appeal.
Omnium 2012  Malbec
90 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Attractive aromas of chocolate coffee bean, caramel cake, and raspberry-cherry pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, sour cherry, honey, and peppery spice finish. A fruity, juicy crowd-pleasing malbec that delivers taste and value.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Trapiche 2011 Oak Cask Pinot Noir
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Fleshy fresh and dried cherry and sundried tomato aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medley of black pepper, slate, nut apple and citrus on the lively, zesty finish. A sensational table wine that will be great with spicy duck dishes.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Chilensis 2011 Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet. Aromas and flavors of peanut nougat, berry pie crust, and leather with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and spicy, well balanced finish with fine tannins. A great sipper or table wine.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Chilcas 2011 Reserva Chardonnay
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Pale golden color. Aromas of vanilla custard, apple pie and delicate spice with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy, pineapple, and praline driven finish. A delicious and balanced chardonnay for sipping or the table.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Alberti 154 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet color color. Aromas of crumbled bacon, blackberry pie, and delicate spice with a silky, fruity medium body and a tangy, honeyed citrus, honey nut and spice finish. A great everyday cabernet with a lot of flavor and charm.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Durigutti 2012 Clásico Malbec
90 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Brambly toasty fig cake and twig scents lead. Ripe black fruits, mainly plums with hint of raspberries and mint cream. Big flavors follow, richly textured with a juicy yet grippy finish.
90 points $15.99 Best Buy
Trapiche 2011 Broquel Chardonnay
90 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Golden silver color. Aromas of apple, pineapple, and honeycomb with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy Meyer lemon, spice, and toast accented finish. Very nicely balanced for sipping or the table.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Nahuel 2010 Black Label Reserve Malbec
90 points
$17
Best Buy
Garnet color. Bright, slightly smoky aromas of raspberry creme brulee and chocolate nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, cedar, apple and mineral accented finish with firm, steak friendly tannins. A really nice table wine.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Echeverria 2010 Founders Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$40
Complex toasty oak notes lead with creamy black currants, incense, chocolate and eucalyptus aromas and flavors. Long olive and tea like finish.
Sierra Batuco 2010 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Pretty deep ruby red with a crimson edge. Nice first impression of wood smoke and toasty yeast. Nice array of cherry flavors follow through to a creamy finish supported by ample tannins.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Oveja Negra 2012 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$12
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Aromas of gooseberry jam, grapefruit and green pepper with tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a zesty honeyed kiwi, strawberry and Wheaties finish. a delightfully flavorful, refreshing and balanced white wine.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Car Men Air 2011  Carmenere
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Very nice "old world" nose of black cherries, black plums, ink and a smoky oak component. Rich entry and a bit of a hollow mid-palate. Will come together with time as this wine has an ample array of fine and harder tannins.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Fabre Montmayou 2011 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$15.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Mild aromas of crusty blueberry pie and creme Anglaise with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppercorn, cedar, and chocolate apple accented finish with firm, chewy tannins. A nicely structured cabernet that will be great with Latin steaks.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Tabalí 2011 Reserva Especial Chardonnay
89 points
$16.99
Mild aromas of lemon yogurt and Hawaiian bread with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tart green pineapple and lime driven finish. A nice polished and dry chardonnay that has a Macon like character.
89 points $16.99
Alamos 2010 Selección Malbec
89 points
$20
Purple black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, berry pie, and pickling spices with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a well-balanced spiced apple and citrus accented finish. Very flavorful and refreshing.
Quasar 2009 "Perfecto" Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$25
Dark red berry and sweet kettlecorn aromas. Medium-to-full bodied. Flavors of the forest follow through with dried leafy tannins and a hint of orange pekoe tea.
NICE 2009 Reserve Malbec
89 points
$33
Deep ruby color. Aromas of sautéed cherries and berries and spiced chocolate with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery spice, pencil shaving, and cranberry accented finish. Very tasty.
Quasar 2012 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, grapefruit and passionfruit with a crisp, fruity medium body and refreshing white blossom and green pepper accented finish.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Arenal 2010  Carmenere
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Subtle nose of roasted nuts and a hint of the ocean (salinity) with more air a nice cherry cobbler scent come on. Creamy entry and retronasal notes of funky oak. Ample fine tannins yet nicely balanced
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Omnium 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of dried currant, waxy honeycomb, and spiced nuts with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cocoa, pencil shaving and dried cherry accented finish. A very tasty sipper or pair with meatballs.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Tabalí 2011 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Nice nose, subtle notes of lemon curd, grapefruit, gooseberry tart and gravel. Jazzy attack nicely balanced flavors and a tangy, minerally finish.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Trapiche 2011 Oak Cask Chardonnay
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale golden color. Aromas of citrus compote, honey yogurt, and apple pie with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy lemon, sliced pineapple and mineral finish.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2010 Reserva Malbec
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of toffee, kiwi skins, sour cherries and apples with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy cedar, craisin, mineral and spice accented finish. Very nicely balanced and flavorful.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Viniterra 2010 Reserva Merlot
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Enticing aromas of black walnuts with hints of violets and subtle notes of blackberry cobbler. Buttery, oak laden attack and forest floor dried leaf notes dominate the finish. Pair with venison loin.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Chilcas 2011 Reserva Merlot
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Attractive aromas of plum pie, nuts, olive, and eucalyptus with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty, citrus, incense, apple, and spice nuanced finish with gripping tannins. A great choice for Tuscan steaks.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Tabalí 2011 Reserva Syrah
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Inky purple color. Aromas of chocolate covered graham cracker, praline, and berry yogurt with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, cassis, citrus, oak, and mineral accented finish with powdery tannins. A fine table wine or sipper.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Tabalí 2011 Reserva Pinot Noir
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Aromas of baked cherries, tomatoes, and black pepper with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, spiced apple, blood orange, nut, and mineral finish. A nicely composed pinot noir with elegant balance.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Fabre Montmayou 2010 Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15.99
Opaque garnet black color. Aromas of cassis pie, herbs, mint, and spicy fruit cake with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a chewy, currant, cocoa, cola, and peppery spice finish with powdery, oaky tannins. A fun flavorful cabernet for spicy beef dishes.
88 points $15.99
Fabre Montmayou 2011 Reserva Malbec
88 points
$15.99
Warm toasted brewers yeast notes dominate the bouquet. With air, black currants and a hint of violets come into play. Rich flavors and very old world "left bank" comparisons can be made. Quite tannic with good depth.
88 points $15.99
The Naked Grape NV  Malbec
87 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas of gherkin, peppery spice, and dried sour cherry with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, berry cobbler and cream, honeyed nut, and mineral accented finish. A nice zippy sipper.
87 points $7.99 Best Buy
Quasar 2012 Reserva Chardonnay
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Attractive aroma of citrus frosting on pound cake with a silky, tangy, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, mouthwatering honeyed citrus and mineral accented finish. Very appetizing.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Sierra Batuco 2011 Reserva Malbec
87 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Smoky charred nut, grilled berry, toffee, and menthol tobacco aromas with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spicy, tangy, lingonberry, peppery spice, apple and cedar driven finish with chewy tannins. Lots going on here.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Viña Siegel 2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pleasant nose of vanilla beans, black currants, red licorice and a hint of pith. Easy flavors follow. Powdery tannins on the finish.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2012 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$12
Best Buy
Ripe lemon zest and nice grassy scents. Rich mouthfeel. Good length and nicely balanced. Would like a bit more length in the finish, but very nice.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Crucero 2010 Reserva Carmenere
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Aromas of dried hay lead along with all manner of black fruits with black cherry aromas dominating. Richly textured and nice depth of flavors with a warm tannic, youthful finish.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Viniterra 2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cherry bonbons, berry pie, and butter roasted nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a honeyed apple, cedar, and peppery spice finish with powdery tannins. A nice all purpose cabernet.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Echeverria 2009 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$22
Very shy nose - subtle red currants and a hint of red licorice. Nice restrained briar berry and olive flavors on the palate with a well balanced finish and dusty tannins.
San Elias 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Berry taffy candy and spumoni aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity medium body and a zippy cherry tart and bubblegum finish. Simple, fruity and fun.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Omnium 2012  Merlot
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Nice nose, blackberries, damsom plums and mocha with in a toasty cedary framework. Rounded flavors follow, fine grained and grippy wood tannins shorten up the slightly warm finish. Veal cutlets would be a nice match.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Omnium 2012  Chardonnay
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of pineapple pie and strawberry-kiwi jam with a silky, fruity, yet dry medium-to-full body and a honeyed peach and lemon driven finish. A solid sipper.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
PKNT 2010 Gold Reserve Carmenere
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Fun nose with hints of caramel corn and bright red fruits reminiscent of cherries and raspberries. Easy flavors follow and then fade rather quickly. Grippy, chewy tannins.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Viniterra 2010 Reserva Malbec
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet color. Aromas of dried cherry, honeycomb, and toasty nougat with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp, apple, citrus nut, and spice driven finish with crunchy tannins.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Alamos 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$13
Best Buy
Garnet purple color. Aromas of berries, vanilla yogurt nuts, and spice with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried fruit and praline finish with dusty tannins. Tasty.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Alberti 154 2011  Malbec
86 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright red fruits lead along with a delicate floral scent. A Triscuit wheat cracker scent also is a plus as is a hint of potters clay.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Trapiche 2011 Broquel Pinot Noir
86 points
$16.99
Aromas of cherry yogurt, wax, and toffee with a tart, medium body and a lime, green apple, and cherry skin finish. A racy pinot for the table that will be good with spicy pork dishes.
86 points $16.99
NICE 2011 Private Select Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$22
Soft floral aromas - lemon blossoms, a bit of toast. Schweppes bitter lemon and lime candy flavors. Slightly dilute on the palate, but pleasant.
Redwood Creek 2011  Malbec
85 points
$8
Interesting nose reminiscent of Christmas fruit cake and even suet pudding. Tangy, salted black currants came on along with a subtle mocha note. This wine is in need of a longer finish.
Arenal 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$9.99
Ripe Meyer lemons and ruby grapefruit an interesting hint of cape gooseberries. Rich entry with a zesty. Slight creamy finish.
85 points $9.99
Crucero 2012  Chardonnay
85 points
$9.99
Inviting aromas of peach, kiwi, and lemon cream with a soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy starfruit and nutshell accented finish. A nice chardonnay for the table.
85 points $9.99
Crucero 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$9.99
Nice roasted lemon notes, reminiscent of a nice Greek restaurant. Easy lemony attack but a touch of soapiness sneaks in dilute and a warm short finish.
85 points $9.99
Trapiche 2011 Oak Cask Malbec
85 points
$11.99
Brambly aromas and a composted pile of leaves remain the first impression. Later some black currants and cotton ball scents came on. In spite of the odd scents it is a pretty easy drink with firm tannins shoring up the finish.
85 points $11.99
Carlos Basso 2012 Dos Fincas Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$12.99
Light toasty notes lead with subtle citrus and melon back notes. Taut citrusy flavors with nice dry minerality in support.
85 points $12.99
Durigutti 2010  Bonarda
85 points
$14.99
Restrained berry and praline notes and a very agreeable pressed linen scent. Breezy dried berry, bark, and olive finish. Pleasant.
85 points $14.99
Tabalí 2010 Reserva Carmenere
85 points
$14.99
Very clean, precise nose of black cherries and a hint of balsa wood. Easy, yet tightly knit flavors follow. Toasted brewers yeast scent is a bonus. Flavors need to be amplified.
85 points $14.99
Chilensis 2011 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$12
Aromas of lemon curd, mild bell pepper, and faint rubber band with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy, orange zest and grass accented finish.
Echeverria 2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$12
Tree bark, toast, black currants and tar note aromas and flavors with a medium body and a smoky, grilled berry finish and thick tannins. Try with beef tamales.
Chessman 2010  Malbec
84 points
$12.99
Deep ruby color. Aromas of smoked cherries, herbs and caramel with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, roasted nut and chalk accented finish with pithy tannins.
84 points $12.99
Crucero 2011 Reserva Chardonnay
84 points
$12.99
Deep golden color. Aromas of roasted pineapple and coconut have a touch of latex with a fruity medium body and a tangy, lemon curd and a candied spiced nut accented finish.
84 points $12.99
Trapiche 2011 Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$11.99
Garnet violet color. Aromas of roasted nuts and stewed cherries and root vegetables with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a dried berry, pepper, cedar bark, and cocoa finish. A sturdy, everyday table wine.
83 points $11.99
Trapiche 2010 Broquel Malbec
83 points
$16.99
Funky old wood staves and salted nut shells are the lead scents. Later aromas reminiscent of black currants and plum pudding evolved. A donut wine with no mid-palate and a very tannic finish.
83 points $16.99
Sierra Batuco 2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
$9.99
Funky red berries, cassis, clay, twig, vanillia and balsa wood aromas and flavors. Short flavors and too tannic.
82 points $9.99
Testamento 2008 Classic Line Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
$20
Dusty ruby color. Rather vegetal aromas of pickled okra, celery and cabbage, toasted meringue, and dried cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smoky grilled cherry, cedar bark, and chalky finish. Server with boar stew and borscht.
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