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September 2013 - South America - All Wines

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

Anko 2012  Torrontes
94 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Durigutti 2010 Reserva Malbec
94 points
$24.95
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
Sierra Batuco 2010 Gran Reserva, "Lone Rider Premium Selection" Maule Valley
94 points
$25
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.
Locomotora 2012 Sagrada Familia, Exotic White Lontue Valley
93 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Anko 2012  Malbec
93 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Anko 2011 "Flor de Cardon" Malbec
93 points
$29.99
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
Carlos Basso 2012 Dos Fincas Torrontes
92 points
$12.95
Best Buy
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
Manos Negras 2011  Sauvignon Blanc
92 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Tapiz 2011 Alta Collection Malbec
92 points
$19.99
Best Buy
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
Ca’ de Calle 2011 Reserva, Red Wine Mendoza
92 points
$22.95
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
PKNT 2011 Reserve Merlot
91 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Fabre Montmayou 2011 Barrel Select Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$15.95
Best Buy
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
Tapiz 2011 Alta Collection Chardonnay
91 points
$19.99
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2010 Reserva Syrah
90 points
$10.99
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
Zolo 2012 Signature Red Mendoza
90 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Espuela del Gaucho 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Stonehead 2009 Reserve Merlot
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Espuela del Gaucho 2012 Reserve Malbec
90 points
$19.99
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
Millaman 2011 Estate Reserve Carmenere
89 points
$9.95
Best Buy
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
Locomotora 2011 Sagrada Familia Carmenere
89 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Sierra Batuco 2011 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Carlos Basso 2011 Dos Fincas Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot
89 points
$12.95
Best Buy
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
Carlos Basso 2012 Dos Fincas Cabernet-Malbec
89 points
$12.95
Best Buy
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
Carlos Basso 2012 Dos Fincas Malbec
89 points
$12.95
Best Buy
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
Tierra Brisa 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Viniterra 2011 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Viniterra 2011 Reserva Malbec
89 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Manos Negras 2011  Carmenere
89 points
$16.99
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
Bodegas San Huberto NV Sparkling Extra Brut Torrontes La Rioja
89 points
$19.99
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
Durigutti 2010 Reserva Bonarda
89 points
$24.95
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2012  Bonarda
88 points
$8.99
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
Arenal 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9.95
Best Buy
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2010 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$10.99
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2010 Reserva Malbec
88 points
$10.99
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
Epica 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
PKNT 2012 Reserve Chardonnay
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Fabre Montmayou 2013 Rosé Mendoza
88 points
$11.95
Best Buy
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
Tabalí 2012 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$11.95
Best Buy
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
Tierra Brisa 2012  Merlot
88 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Casa Marguery 2012  Malbec
88 points
$14.95
Best Buy
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
Espuela del Gaucho 2012  Torrontes
88 points
$14.99
Best Buy
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
Durigutti 2011 Clásico Cabernet Franc
88 points
$16.99
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
Manos Negras 2011 Red Soil Select Pinot Noir
88 points
$19.99
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
Durigutti 2010 Reserva Cabernet Franc
88 points
$24.95
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$8.99
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
Millaman 2012 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
87 points
$9.95
Best Buy
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2010 Reserva Merlot
87 points
$10.99
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
Epica 2011 Red Wine Central Valley
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
PKNT 2012 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2012  Malbec
86 points
$8.99
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
Arenal 2012  Carmenere
86 points
$9.95
Best Buy
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
Millaman 2012 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$9.95
Best Buy
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
Color Block 2012  Merlot
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
Terra 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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
PKNT 2012 Reserve Carmenere
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
PKNT 2011 Reserve Pinot Noir
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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
Sierra Batuco 2011 Reserva Malbec
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
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
Tierra Brisa 2012  Chardonnay
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2012 Blanco Dulce La Rioja
85 points
$8.99
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2010 Reserva Chardonnay
85 points
$10.99
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
Espuela del Gaucho 2012  Malbec
85 points
$12.99
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
Stonehead 2009 Reserve Pinot Noir
85 points
$12.99
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2012  Torrontes
84 points
$8.99
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
Epica 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$10.99
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
Epica 2011  Chardonnay
84 points
$10.99
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
Manos Negras 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$11.99
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
Bodegas San Huberto 2013  Chardonnay
83 points
$8.99
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
Color Block 2012  Chardonnay
83 points
$9.99
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
Millaman 2011 Limited Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$10.95
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
Tierra Brisa 2012  Malbec
83 points
$12.99
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
Color Block 2012  Cabernet Sauvingon
82 points
$9.99
ruby color. 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
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