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
201370
Echeverria
2009 Signatura 1 Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201371
Quasar
2009 Signo Syrah
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201559
Trapiche
2010 Broquel Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201604
Durigutti
2009 Reserva Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201348
Sierra Batuco
2010 Gran Reserva, "Lone Rider Premium Selection" Maule Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201331
Omnium
2012 Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201566
Trapiche
2011 Oak Cask Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201469
Chilensis
2011 Reserva Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201471
Chilcas
2011 Reserva Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201614
Alberti 154
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201605
Durigutti
2012 Clásico Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201560
Trapiche
2011 Broquel Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201719
Nahuel
2010 Black Label Reserve Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201376
Echeverria
2010 Founder's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Complex toasty oak notes lead with creamy black currants, incense, chocolate and eucalyptus aromas and flavors. Long olive and tea like finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201349
Sierra Batuco
2010 Reserva Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201470
Oveja Negra
2012 Reserva Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201474
Car Men Air
2011 Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201612
Fabre Montmayou
2011 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201617
Tabalí
2011 Reserva Especial Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201908
Alamos
2010 Selección Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201373
Quasar
2009 "Perfecto" Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201542
NICE
2009 Reserve Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201372
Quasar
2012 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201619
Arenal
2010 Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201330
Omnium
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201620
Tabalí
2011 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201564
Trapiche
2011 Oak Cask Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201375
Echeverria
2010 Reserva Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201334
Viniterra
2010 Reserva Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201334
Viniterra
2010 Reserva Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201472
Chilcas
2011 Reserva Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201472
Chilcas
2011 Reserva Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201615
Tabalí
2011 Reserva Syrah
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201616
Tabalí
2011 Reserva Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201610
Fabre Montmayou
2010 Barrel Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201611
Fabre Montmayou
2011 Reserva Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201828
The Naked Grape
NV Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201374
Quasar
2012 Reserva Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201351
Sierra Batuco
2011 Reserva Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201526
Viña Siegel
2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201369
Echeverria
2012 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201527
Crucero
2010 Reserva Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201332
Viniterra
2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201378
Echeverria
2009 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201530
San Elias
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201328
Omnium
2012 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201328
Omnium
2012 Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201329
Omnium
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201473
PKNT
2010 Gold Reserve Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201333
Viniterra
2010 Reserva Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201909
Alamos
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201613
Alberti 154
2011 Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201562
Trapiche
2011 Broquel Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201543
NICE
2011 Private Select Sauvignon Blanc
Soft floral aromas - lemon blossoms, a bit of toast. Schweppes bitter lemon and lime candy flavors. Slightly dilute on the palate, but pleasant.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201817
Redwood Creek
2011 Malbec
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201618
Arenal
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Ripe Meyer lemons and ruby grapefruit an interesting hint of cape gooseberries. Rich entry with a zesty. Slight creamy finish.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201528
Crucero
2012 Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201529
Crucero
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201565
Trapiche
2011 Oak Cask Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201609
Carlos Basso
2012 Dos Fincas Sauvignon Blanc
Light toasty notes lead with subtle citrus and melon back notes. Taut citrusy flavors with nice dry minerality in support.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201606
Durigutti
2010 Bonarda
Restrained berry and praline notes and a very agreeable pressed linen scent. Breezy dried berry, bark, and olive finish. Pleasant.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201621
Tabalí
2010 Reserva Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201468
Chilensis
2011 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201377
Echeverria
2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201211
Chessman
2010 Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201525
Crucero
2011 Reserva Chardonnay
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201563
Trapiche
2011 Oak Cask Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201561
Trapiche
2010 Broquel Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201350
Sierra Batuco
2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Funky red berries, cassis, clay, twig, vanillia and balsa wood aromas and flavors. Short flavors and too tannic.
82 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
201545
Testamento
2008 Classic Line Cabernet Sauvignon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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