September 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
202952
Anko
2012 Torrontes
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of date-orange bread, honeysuckle, and honeyed grilled pear with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, tropical citrus finish. Nice complexity and structure for sipping or the table.
94 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203237
Durigutti
2010 Reserva Malbec
Deep purple color. Aromas of spicy black raspberry pie, clay, sandalwood, and vanilla cream with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, herb, cocoa and sweet grass accented finish. A great choice for prime rib, veal chops and marinated pork tenderloins.
94 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203310
Sierra Batuco
2010 Gran Reserva, "Lone Rider Premium Selection" Maule Valley
Deep garnet black color. Complex aromas of dried cherries, vanilla yogurt nuts, pickled beets, leather and spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, lightly smoky cedar and earthy, superfine tannin finish. A great table wine or sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203018
Locomotora
2012 Sagrada Familia, Exotic White Lontue Valley
Aromas of peaches cobbler, gooseberry jam, and lemon meringue with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, lively sweet citrus, melon, and cream accented finish. Very tasty.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202951
Anko
2012 Malbec
Dark garnet purple color. Rich aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and berry compote with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, graceful vanilla accented finish with fine tannins. A great sipper or pair with well-aged steaks.
93 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202950
Anko
2011 "Flor de Cardon" Malbec
Purple black color. Aromas of spicy boysenberry pie, cornichon, and chocolate cherry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, vanilla, cedar, and spice accented finish. A delicious, savory, and well structured malbec that will sing at the table with steaks.
93 points $29.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203233
Carlos Basso
2012 Dos Fincas Torrontes
Golden silver color. Aromas of honeyed dates and fig scone with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy apple, white blossom, and lemon finish. A very nice dry torrontes.
92 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202956
Manos Negras
2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden color. Bold aromas of pickled banana pepper and honeyed, grilled grapefruit with a tangy, medium body and a mouthwatering, fresh cut grass and passionfruit custard accented finish. Great vibrancy and varietal character.
92 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202958
Tapiz
2011 Alta Collection Malbec
Dark garnet color. Bright aromas of boysenberries, cocoa, and spice with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a vibrant, well-balanced finish with nice acidity and fine tannins. A great sipper or pair with spicy lamb dishes.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203228
Ca’ de Calle
2011 Reserva, Red Wine Mendoza
Deep violet color. Rich aromas of malted chocolate, toasted cranberry bread, white clay, and dried-tomato with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a pleasant vanilla cream and spiced apple accented finish with fine tannins. A lovely balance and flavor.
92 points $22.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203432
PKNT
2011 Reserve Merlot
Garnet color. Creamy vanilla, chocolate orange and lemon peels, and delicate spice with a fruity medium body and a pine, peppercorn, plum skin, and cedar accented finish. A nice table wine; try with duck confit.
91 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203230
Fabre Montmayou
2011 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut fudge, cassis tart,incense and spice with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a vibrantly fruity and spicy nicely balanced finish.
91 points $15.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202957
Tapiz
2011 Alta Collection Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Grilled pineapple and toasty, creamy meringue aromas and flavors with tangy, medium body and a vibrant, mouthwatering nougat accented finish. A very nice marriage of fruit and oak.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203249
Bodegas San Huberto
2010 Reserva Syrah
Ruby color. Attractive aromas of chocolate mint, caramel apple, and spicy berry pie with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a savory herb, dried meat, barley, and peppered nut accented finish. Very tasty.
90 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202959
Zolo
2012 Signature Red Mendoza
Deep garnet color. Bold aromas of coffee candy, chocolate cherry pie, and peppercorn with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy craisin and spice finish. A really tasty everyday wine that will work with pretty much anything.
90 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203006
Espuela del Gaucho
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Vibrant strawberry-rhubarb coulis and custard aromas and flavors with a silky, fruity medium body and an apple, golden raisin, and smoky mineral accented finish. A delicious strawberry-like indulgence.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203436
Stonehead
2009 Reserve Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of eucalyptus, mulberries, and cranberry sauce with a silky, dryish medium body and a tangy, herb, spice, sandalwood incense, and mineral accented finish. Very nice complexity and restraint.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203005
Espuela del Gaucho
2012 Reserve Malbec
Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate, mint, herbs, roasted nuts, and cranberries with a tangy medium body and a chewy, cedar and coffee bean accented finish with fine powdery tannins.
90 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203186
Millaman
2011 Estate Reserve Carménère
Deep ruby black color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, sesame candy, herbs and craisins with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, chocolate cherry, apple and cedar kissed finish with chewy tannins.
89 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203019
Locomotora
2011 Sagrada Familia Carménère
Violet black color. Meaty aromas of bacon and sour cherry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy berry custard, grilled citrus, and nut accented finish. A tasty sipper, but even better at the table. Try with chili.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203312
Sierra Batuco
2011 Reserva Carmenère
Smoky aromas of of cedar, nuts, dried berries and pickle with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a long, potter’s clay accented finish. Dry and deliciously balanced for sipping or the table.
89 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203231
Carlos Basso
2011 Dos Fincas Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nut bar and spicy berry chutney with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a roasted nut, grilled apple, and peppery spice finish. A very nice table wine that will shine with Latin beef dishes.
89 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203234
Carlos Basso
2012 Dos Fincas Cabernet-Malbec
Aromas of chocolate nuts, baked cherries and tomatoes with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, craisin, cedar, spice and earth accented finish. A nice all-purpose red wine that will cover a lot of bases.
89 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203235
Carlos Basso
2012 Dos Fincas Malbec
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of mocha and berry pie with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a chewy, juicy, core of ripe fruit accented by spice and minerals. Very tasty.
89 points $12.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203275
Tierra Brisa
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Creamy vanilla custard, nougat, cherry drop, and and cassis jam aromas and flavors with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and chewy tannins finish with good length.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203284
Viniterra
2011 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep ruby garnet color. Aromas of baked cherries and tomatoes, chocolate, pepper, and cedar with silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, creme brulee and apple accented finish. Tasty.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203285
Viniterra
2011 Reserva Malbec
Dee garnet red color. Aromas of pine, mint, chocolate nuts, and craisins with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a juicy spiced cherry and apple finish with fine tannins. A very appetizing malbec.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202954
Manos Negras
2011 Carménère
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla nut fudge, spiced cherries and cornichon with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a creamy custard and nut brittle finish. Tasty and very table friendly.
89 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203250
Bodegas San Huberto
NV Sparkling Extra Brut Torrontes La Rioja
Pale straw color. Aromas of honeyed apple, fruit cocktail, and earth with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a zesty sweet citrus and melon accented finish.
89 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203224
Durigutti
2010 Reserva Bonarda
Deep purple color. Aromas of spiced apples and berries, pistachio gelato, and delicate spice with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, smoky tobacco and spiced nut accented finish. Very nicely structured for the table.
89 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203240
Bodegas San Huberto
2012 Bonarda
Deep garnet purple color. Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee beans, pencil shavings, and boysenberries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart apple cider and coconut finish with firm dusty tannins. Nice balance.
88 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203226
Arenal
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Pleasant cassis, spiced plum, and dried cherry aromas are attractive with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a juicy cedar and peppercorn accented finish. A very nice and fruity everyday red wine that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203245
Bodegas San Huberto
2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep garnet color. Aromas of chocolate nuts, sesame nougat, and dried cherries with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, craisin, cedar, and mineral finish. A pleasant, nicely roudned wine for all applications.
88 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203247
Bodegas San Huberto
2010 Reserva Malbec
Deep ruby color. Aromas of chocolate pudding, praline, rose hips, and spiced cherries with supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, pomegranate and mineral accented finish. Solid.
88 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203328
Epica
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of smoked nuts, blackberry tart, and chocolate with a fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy honeyed cherry, pepper, and cedar accented finish. Very fruity, easy drinking, and crowd pleasing.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203434
PKNT
2012 Reserve Chardonnay
Pale golden color. Aromas and flavors of green and gold apple, pineapple, lime with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a touch of nuts, minerals, and pear skin on the zippy finish.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203229
Fabre Montmayou
2013 Rosé Mendoza
Attractive pink silver color. Pleasant aromas of cherries and strawberries with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, melon and cream accented finish. A flavorful, well rounded rosé.
88 points $11.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203227
Tabalí
2012 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Aromas yellow and jalapeño pepper, honeyed mango and pickling spices with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy citrus and earth finish. A nice all purpose sauvignon blanc.
88 points $11.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203278
Tierra Brisa
2012 Merlot
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of floral honeycomb, nougat, and dried cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla, nut and earth accented finish. A rock solid merlot.
88 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203236
Casa Marguery
2012 Malbec
Garnet purple color. Aromas of chocolate mousse and blueberry cobbler with a supple, fruity medium body and a toasty, nutty oak, pencil shaving and peppercorn finish. A nice steak wine.
88 points $14.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203003
Espuela del Gaucho
2012 Torrontes
Golden silver color. Aromas of tropical custard tart, peaches, and guava with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a tangy pineapple, lime curd, and earth accented finish.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203222
Durigutti
2011 Clásico Cabernet Franc
Deep amber violet color. Aromas of berries on the bush, smoked nuts and jerky, dried flowers, and mocha cream with a tangy, medium body and long, grilled apple and chewy tannin finish. A nice table wine.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202955
Manos Negras
2011 Red Soil Select Pinot Noir
Ruby black color. Aromas of creamy, toasty mocha and spumoni gelato with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a roasted beet, brown spice and mineral accented finish. Very nice structure for the table.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203223
Durigutti
2010 Reserva Cabernet Franc
Deep violet color. Aromas of cherry-berry tart, apple, dried meat, and peppery spices with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy, brown spice and earth accented finish with clinging tannins. Give this some time.
88 points $24.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203241
Bodegas San Huberto
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas and flavors of chocolate roasted nuts and sweet peppers and kiwi pie crust with a supple fruity medium body and a pepper jelly and sour cherry accented finish. Interesting flavors that should pair well with steak fajitas.
87 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203187
Millaman
2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of vanilla butter cream and toasty nut brittle with a tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a woody, toasty cedar, craisin and pickle accented finish with lingering tannins.
87 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203248
Bodegas San Huberto
2010 Reserva Merlot
Dark ruby color with a dusty rim. Aromas of baked cherries and tomatoes with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a prune, spiced apple, chocolate, and cedar accented finish. A nice savory merlot for sipping or the table.
87 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203330
Epica
2011 Red Wine Central Valley
Deep garnet color. Aromas of vanilla buttercream, chocolate mint, and berry cobbler with an off-dry medium body and a chocolate cherry bonbon finish. A real crowd pleaser.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203433
PKNT
2012 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of lemon rind and grass with a dryish light body and a breezy, tart green apple accented finish.
87 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203243
Bodegas San Huberto
2012 Malbec
Garnet violet color. Interesting aromas of vanilla soufflé, cranberry-orange bread, and marinated artichoke with a silky, fruity-yet-dry light-to-medium body and a pomegranate, peppery spice, cedar, and red apple finish. Different, and a nice choice for the table.
86 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203225
Arenal
2012 Carmenère
Deep garnet color. Smoky aromas of grilled cherries, chocolate and dark roasted nuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a pepper, melon and spice accented finish.
86 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203189
Millaman
2012 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden color. Sake like aromas of soda bread, pear, and melon rind with a soft, dryish light body and a crisp, tangy lemon and straw finish. A nice, light dry style that will be great with grilled fish.
86 points $9.95 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203001
Color Block
2012 Merlot
Violet color. Bold aromas of boysenberries, pickling spices, vanilla and herbs with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, cedar, cranberry, cocoa and mineral accented finish.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203286
Terra
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Aromas of blossoms, dried blueberries, custard, and delicate spice with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, vanilla, nut and earth accented finish. Tasty.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203430
PKNT
2012 Reserve Carmenere
Deep garnet color. Aromas of Black Forest cake, orange and watermelon candies with a soft, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, nougat, cedar and chalk accented finish.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203431
PKNT
2011 Reserve Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of bing cherry, chocolate, beets, and carrots with a supple, dryish medium body a savory grilled kiwi, nut, and mineral finish. A nice dry table wine; try mushroom quiche.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203311
Sierra Batuco
2011 Reserva Malbec
Garnet color. Aromas of berry cobbler, nougat, and meringue with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smoked nut, cedar, sour cherry and toffee finish. Tasty.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203276
Tierra Brisa
2012 Chardonnay
Pale silvery straw color. Aromas of yeasty lemon cake, tropical blossoms and balsa with a tart, light body and crisp, straw finish.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203239
Bodegas San Huberto
2012 Blanco Dulce La Rioja
Aromas of creamy nougat, peach tart, and fig cookie with a glycerous fruity sweet medium body and a tangy, mango-papaya custard accented finish. A nice, clean off-dry sipper.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203246
Bodegas San Huberto
2010 Reserva Chardonnay
Aromas of creme brulee, guava and butter baked apple with a fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, spiced pineapple and cream accented finish. A solid, lightly oaked, carefree sipper.
85 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203004
Espuela del Gaucho
2012 Malbec
Ruby color. Attractive aromas of chocolate smores, spiced nuts, pomegranate, and melon sorbet with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, plum and citrus custard accented finish.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203435
Stonehead
2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
Bright ruby color. Aromas of nougat, cream, and baked cherries with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a herbed salt, tomato, cedar, and spiced nut finish. Nice.
85 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203244
Bodegas San Huberto
2012 Torrontes
Pale golden straw color. Bold honeycomb, spiced peach and meringue aromas with a tart, light body and crisp, melon, cream, and earth accented finish.
84 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203329
Epica
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of guava and grilled green pepper with a supple, dryish medium body and a smoky, flinty finish.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203327
Epica
2011 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of tropical fruit taffy, lime leaves, and citrus tart with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tangy sweet cream finish. A nice crowd pleasing chardonnay.
84 points $10.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202953
Manos Negras
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Smoky aromas of charred nuts and berry yogurt with a supple fruity medium body and a tangy, smoky raspberry and cedar finish.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203242
Bodegas San Huberto
2013 Chardonnay
Pale golden straw color. Mild aromas of apple butter and roasted nuts with a tangy light body and a crisp citrus and straw finish. A sturdy quaffer.
83 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203002
Color Block
2012 Chardonnay
Pale yellow silver color. Yeasty aromas suggest lemon bread, overripe passionfruit and grilled orange with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smoky, creme brulee accented finish.
83 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203188
Millaman
2011 Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Berry tart and buttery nut brittle aromas with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cranberry, cedar and honey accented finish with firm, dusty, barky tannins. A tangy choice for the table.
83 points $10.95
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203277
Tierra Brisa
2012 Malbec
Deep garnet violet color. Aromas of cocoa, pickling spices, and dried cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tart green apple, cedar, and firm dusty tannin finish. Needs meat.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
203000
Color Block
2012 Cabernet Sauvingon
Very smoky grilled nut and berry aromas have a rubbery, lactic edge with a supple fruity light-to-medium body and a terse roasted nuts and mulberry finish.
82 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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