March 2014 - South America - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is South American - All Wines
Wines
South America - All Wines Reviews
205623
San V
2011 "Lukai" Maule Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205760
Ben Marco
2012 Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205622
Leyendas de Familia
2011 "Noche de Luna" Maule Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205762
Chaman
2011 Red Blend Mendoza
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205753
Alberti 154
2012 Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205711
Durigutti
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205709
Arenal
2012 Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205710
Arenal
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205661
Diseño
2012 Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205705
Carlos Basso
2012 "Dos Fincas" Malbec
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205624
Casa Donoso
2011 "Clos Centenaire" Maule Valley
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205621
Las Casas de Vaquería
2009 "Herradura de Oro" Maule Valley
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205702
PKNT
2012 Reserve Merlot
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205703
PKNT
2013 Reserve Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205704
PKNT
2013 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205530
Rayado
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205525
Oro
NV Red Wine Chile
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205708
Arenal
2012 Pinot Noir
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205673
Don Rodolfo
2013 Tannat
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205676
La Playa
2012 Block Selection Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205748
Teillery
2012 Carmenere
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205771
Lost Vineyards
NV Malbec-Bonarda
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205526
Oro
NV White Wine Chile
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205701
PKNT
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
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
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205674
La Playa
2012 Block Selection Reserve Merlot
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205675
La Playa
2012 Block Selection Reserve Pinot Noir
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205707
Arenal
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden color. Mild waxy and leafy overripe citrus and nut aromas with a tangy, light-to-medium body and a honeyed grapefruit finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205706
Carlos Basso
2012 "Dos Fincas", Cab-Malbec Mendoza
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205761
Mendel
2013 Semillon
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.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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