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March 2014 - South America - All Wines

March 2014 - South America - All Wines
This month's Wine feature is South American - All Wines
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South America - All Wines Reviews

San V 2011 "Lukai" Maule Valley
94 points
$59.99
Garnet violet color. Mellow aromas and flavors of crayon, olive, and dried currants with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy red berry, cedar, pickling spices, creamy mocha, and mineral accented finish. Very elegant and balanced in second growth Bordeaux style.
94 points $59.99
Ben Marco 2012  Malbec
93 points
$20
Best Buy
Violet black color. Aromas of chocolate espresso bean, dark roasted pecans and raspberry pie with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a nice, delicately floral, citrus and melon sorbets, and spice finish with precise tannins. Very delicious, vibrant, and mouthwatering.
93 points $20 Best Buy
Leyendas de Familia 2011 "Noche de Luna" Maule Valley
93 points
$29.99
Deep ruby black color. Rich aromas and flavors of olive, pickle, cassis, lit menthol tobacco, and chocolate with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a concentrated, tangy, toasty cedar, mocha, eucalyptus, and nut accented finish with fine tannins. Delicious and super table friendly.
93 points $29.99
Chaman 2011 Red Blend Mendoza
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Dark purple black color. Aromas of huckleberry creme brulee and cherry tart with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a praline, pear, and mineral accented finish. Very tasty and well balanced for sipping or the table.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Alberti 154 2012  Malbec
91 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet violet color. Aromas of roasted nuts, latte, and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a zesty, chocolate citrus peel, bacon bits, and earth accented finish with fine chewy tannins. Excellent balance and flavor for a wide range of foods.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Durigutti 2010  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas of chocolate cherry, honeycomb, and a mint syrup with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, eucalyptus and cassis finish with supple oak tannins. Stylish.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Arenal 2012  Carmenere
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep ruby color. Aromas of chalk, chocolate, nougat, and cherry-raspberry compote with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creamy vanilla, spice, and cedar accented finish. A very tasty everyday sipper or burger wine.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Arenal 2011  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Deep ruby black color. Dense aromas of dried cherries, pickled beets and tomatoes, and chocolate roasted nuts with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, menthol mint and toasty cedar accented finish. Very attractive.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Diseño 2012  Malbec
89 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Dark garnet black color. Aromas of black raspberry and cranberry jams and chocolate nuts with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, lingering, lightly smoky mineral finish. A rock solid malbec for all occasions.
89 points $10.99 Best Buy
Carlos Basso 2012 "Dos Fincas" Malbec
89 points
$13
Best Buy
Aromas and flavors of dried citrus, honeycomb, minerals, and red berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, chewy tannin finish.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Casa Donoso 2011 "Clos Centenaire" Maule Valley
89 points
$16.99
Deep garnet color. Aromas of olive and pepper tapenade, pickle, lilac, and cassis with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, craisin, cedar and spice nuanced finish with chewy tannins. A nice steak wine.
89 points $16.99
Las Casas de Vaquería 2009 "Herradura de Oro" Maule Valley
89 points
$70
Dark garnet black color. Deep aromas of roasted green pepper, gherkin, hemp, and spiced cassis and cherries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and and earthy, dried flower, cranberry, and pencil shavings finish with chewy tannins. Very structured and age-worthy. Will get better with time.
PKNT 2012 Reserve Merlot
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered berries and orange peels with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a vanilla yogurt and nut accented finish. Tasty.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
PKNT 2013 Reserve Carmenere
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Rich violet color. Aromas of blueberry chutney, eucalyptus, and peppery spices with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a menthol-mint, blood orange, and nut accented finish with fine tannins. A lovely, flavorful sipper.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
PKNT 2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$10.99
Best Buy
Pale golden straw color. Aromas of grapefruit and yellow pepper with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed lime finish. Very refreshing and mouthwatering.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Rayado 2012  Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$16.99
Deep garnet color. Aromas of grilled berries, pencil shavings, and green peppercorns with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a grilled sweet pepper, cassis jam, and cedar finish. A tasty, lightly smoky sipper or pair with steak fajitas.
88 points $16.99
Oro NV Red Wine Chile
86 points
$9
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas of cranberry sauce, lime powder, and boysenberry jam with a supple, fruity medium body and a juicy chocolate sour cherry, red grape skin, cedar, and brown spices accented finish. Tasty.
86 points $9 Best Buy
Arenal 2012  Pinot Noir
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Aromas of dried cherries and lime powder candy with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sweet beet, blood orange, and toasty nut brittle accented finish. A zippy sipper.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Don Rodolfo 2013  Tannat
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Dark ruby color. Aromas of mocha, vanilla gelato, roasted pepper, dried violets, and blackberry cobbler with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a cedar, nutshell, and gravel accented finish with crunchy tannins. A nice fajita or stuffed pepper wine.
86 points $10 Best Buy
La Playa 2012 Block Selection Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas of grapefruit, guava and pepper with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy, kiwi and passionfruit finish. Very tasty.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Teillery 2012  Carmenere
86 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Deep garnet violet color. Interesting aromas of baker’s chocolate, baked berries, roasted chestnuts, and carrot with a supple, fruity medium body and a tangy grilled cherry and charcoal accented finish. A solid bbq wine.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Lost Vineyards NV  Malbec-Bonarda
85 points
$7.99
Deep garnet color. Chocolate nut, honeycomb, and blueberry cobbler aromas with a silky, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy craisin, cherry filling, spice and earth finish. A versatile, everyday sipper.
85 points $7.99
Oro NV White Wine Chile
85 points
$9
Pale straw silver color. Aromas of grilled mango and passionfruit with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tart lemon and straw finish.
PKNT 2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$10.99
Bold aromas of Linzer torte, Black Forest cake, and pine with a supple, fruity medium body and a cedar saw dust and menthol mint lozenge accented finish with firm tannins.
84 points $10.99
La Playa 2012 Block Selection Reserve Merlot
84 points
$12
garnet color. Mild aromas of pickled beets, plum skin, and cocoa with a dryish light-to-medium body and tangy, cherry pit and nut accented finish. A good food wine.
La Playa 2012 Block Selection Reserve Pinot Noir
84 points
$12
Ruby color. Aromas of baked cherries, pickles, and cocoa with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a tangy raspberry, tomato, and nut accented finish. A nice, easy going sipper or table wine.
Arenal 2012  Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$10
Pale golden color. Mild waxy and leafy overripe citrus and nut aromas with a tangy, light-to-medium body and a honeyed grapefruit finish.
Carlos Basso 2012 "Dos Fincas", Cab-Malbec Mendoza
83 points
$13
Garnet. Aromas of blackberry, grape seed, powdered citrus, and earth with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy, terse cedar and straw finish.
Mendel 2013  Semillon
83 points
$25
Golden straw color. Aromas of matchstick, pickling herbs, and grass with a tart, dryish light-to-medium body with lemon, green apple and nectarine pit flavors and a parchment-like finish.
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