September 2014 - South America - All Wines

This month's Wine feature is South American - All Wines
South America - All Wines Reviews
207282
Echeverria
2009 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Golden yellow color. Aromas of golden raisins, dried peaches, and honeycomb with a velvety, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, long, fuel-like minerals, spiced nuts, apricot custard, and toasted herbs finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A delicious and stylish dessert wine with great balance.
94 points $20 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207508
Filus
2011 Reserve Malbec
Violet color. Aromas of black currant, pencil lead, black raspberry, and cigar box with a velvety, dry full body and a warming, complex, very long, black raspberry, dried plums, bacon fat, and cherry cola finish with medium tannins and heavy oak. Throw this in a blind tasting with a cult California Cab, an Aussie Bordeaux Blend and a Classified Bordeaux and it’s coming at ’em swinging.
94 points $21.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207279
Echeverria
2012 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of vanilla custard, olives, nougat, and berry tart with a silky, body and a warming, interesting, medium-long, cedar and peppercorns finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, refreshing cabernet with lots of Old World character. Impressive.
93 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207287
Quasar
2010 Special Selection, "Perfecto" Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted nuts, herbs, and berry tart with a silky, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long, cassis, blood orange, and sweet spices finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A zesty, flavor packed cabernet that will sing with spicy Mediterranean foods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207275
Echeverria
2013 Classic Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of chocolate mint, pickled peppers, dried currants, and cedar with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long, herbs, cassis, and spiced cherries finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. A superb cabernet, with amazing complexity for the price.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207284
Echeverria
2010 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted espresso bean, dried berries, and roasted root vegetable with a silky, medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long, subtle herbs, brown spices, nuts, and cedar finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. An elegantly styled cabernet for sipping, the table, or the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207349
Chilensis
2012 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of meringue, nougat, and raspberry danish with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long, olive, currant jam, menthol mint, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and light oak. A delicious and nuanced cabernet that is very versatile.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207350
Chilensis
2012 Reserva Carmenere
Dark garnet color. Aromas of roasted nuts, toasted herbs, berry flan, and tobacco with a supple, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, chocolate craisin, cedar, borscht, and orange finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A tangy and refreshing red that will be very versatile at the table.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207392
Chilcas
2012 Reserva Syrah
Ruby color. Aromas of chokecherry and spice rubbed meat with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, simple, breezy, root vegetable, menthol, berries, and pickling spices finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A vibrantly delicious and balanced syrah that will shine at the table.
91 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207298
Caligiore
2013 Reserva Bonarda
Garnet color. Aromas of dark raisin toast, roasted root vegetables, and minerals with a silky, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long, sour cherry, baking spices, apple, and nuts finish with soft tannins and light oak. A delicious, hearty and mouthwatering red for all occasions.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207554
Tripantu
2012 Premium Cabernet Sauvignon
Opaque brick red color. Rich aromas of black currant, blackberry, vanilla, and eucalyptus with a lightly tannic, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long, black currant, black cherry, vanilla, and tobacco finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Rich with all the expected and quintessential Cabernet stuffing, firm and integrated new world tannins and swirlable complexity.
91 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207288
Quasar
2010 Special Selection, "Signo 1" Maipo Valley
Ruby color. Aromas of black currant, black cherry, garden soil, and vanilla with a velvety, dry body and a warming, medium-long, blackberry, grilled cherry, cigar box, and vanilla bean finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. New world Bordeaux in style with voluptuous fruit, silky tannins and a great finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207391
Chilcas
2011 Reserva Merlot
Garnet color. Aromas of boysenberry jam, eucalyptus, and pistachio toffee with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, plum tart and starfruit finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid merlot with a nice herbal character.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207281
Echeverria
2012 Reserva Syrah
Garnet color. Aromas of coffee gelato, olives, and roasted cherries with a soft, medium body and a warming, interesting, medium length, minerals, toasted nuts, and spiced berries finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A zesty red that will work well with spicy meat dishes.
90 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207286
Quasar
2009 Limited Edition, Late Harvest Curico Valley
Golden yellow color. Aromas of raisins, honey, and dried peach with a silky, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, toasted nut bread, delicate spice, and toasted meringue finish with soft tannins and light oak. A rock solid, lighter styled dessert wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207516
Paso Grande
2012 Sauvignon Blanc
Golden yellow color. Aromas of white peach, lemongrass, mango, and lime zest with a velvety, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, yellow delicious apples, honeydew, pressed lemon, and nectarines finish with no oak. Lively and fresh, bursting with citrus and summer-ripe fruit. Delicious solo, but even better with fresh, vibrant dishes.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207276
Echeverria
NV Espumante Brut Central Valley
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas of lemon curd and spiced melon with a supple, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long, lime, nougat, and honeyed toast finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious, balanced and mouthwatering sparkling wine reminiscent of a fine Prosecco.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207512
Tierra Brisa
2013 Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of toffee, pickled beets, and berry tart with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, simple, medium length, toast, black cherry, and mocha finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced merlot for all occasions.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207280
Echeverria
2012 Reserva Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of roasted tomato, plum, bbq rub, and roasted nuts with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long, earth, apple, toffee, and cedar finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, tasty merlot that is sure to please.
89 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207301
Caligiore
2013 Reserva Syrah
Garnet color. Aromas of toasted meringue, toffee, and berry danish with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, vanilla cream, cedar, and spice finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A tasty, appetizing red.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207283
Echeverria
2012 "Element" Maipo Valley
Garnet color. Aromas of black currant, black cherry, blackberry, and tomato leaf with a velvety, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium length, blackberry, currant, grilled orange, and red bell pepper finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Notes of peppers, grilled orange and black olives gives this wine a Chile meets Mediterranean feel. Drink with a mezze plate of Greek and Middle Eastern-inspired dishes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207210
Barefoot
NV Malbec
Garnet color. Aromas of honeyed toast, dried sour cherries, and nougat with a soft, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, simple, brisk, andoffee finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A nice juicy sipper or burger wine.
88 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207443
La Playa
2014 Estate Series Sauvignon Blanc
Golden yellow color. Aromas of peach, passion fruit, orange blossom, and lemongrass with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, peach, mango, yellow watermelon, and lemon finish. Opulent tropical aroma and flavors round out to a silky finish.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207352
Oveja Negra
2013 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc-Carmenere Maule Valley
Silvery straw color. Aromas of melon, lime, and green nectarine with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, simple, medium length, grapefruit and grass finish with no oak. A nice crisp white for summer sipping or seafood.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207353
Oveja Negra
2012 Reserva, Cabernet Sauvignon-Syrah Maule Valley
Garnet color. Aromas of black currant, sour cherry, tar & roses, and baking spice with a medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium length, black cherry, grilled plum, currants, and vanilla paste finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Complex and juicy with enough stuffing to pull out your fancy wine glasses.
88 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207285
Echeverria
2014 Moscato Frizzante
Golden straw color. Aromas of peach blossoms, apricot jam, and honey with a soft, petillant, off-dry light body and a smooth, breezy finish. A nice off-dry sipper that is perfect for summer grilling.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207300
Caligiore
2013 Reserva Malbec
Purple color. Aromas of black raspberry, blackberry, cherry, and vanilla with a silky, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, black raspberry, cherry, boysenberry, and baking spice finish with soft tannins and light oak. Vibrant and juicy. Alive with berry fruit, framed with spice cake and vanilla bean. Despite the desire to sip over and over on its own, it will also be delicious with a variety of savory dishes.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207550
Tripantu
2012 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Lively aromas of cherry, licorice, plum, and vanilla with a velvety, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, black plum, cherry, blackberry, and vanilla spice finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Well balanced and elegant in style with a deep fruit core that is framed with generous, but well-integrated fruit and tannin.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207551
Tripantu
2012 Grand Reserve Carmenere
Dark ruby black color. Mellow aromas of lit cigar, olive, and pomegranate with a silky, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, interesting, medium length, sandalwood, vanilla, and baking spice finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A nicely balanced red with fine table appeal.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207355
Conquista
Malbec
Violet color. Aromas of black raspberry, wild strawberry, boysenberry, and lingonberry with a silky, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, strawberry, red plum, boysenberry, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Bright, juicy and round with no edges in site. Quaffable on its own, but able to hold its own at the dinner table.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207357
San Felipe
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bronze color. Aromas of black currant, licorice, cherry jam, and baking spice with a velvety, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy, black cherry, currant, baking spice, and dried plum finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Juicy balance between chewy cherries, robust, but integrated tannins and tangy currants. Enough going on to sit and sip and swirl, but well-balanced to merit a juicy steak.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207548
Tripantu
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Brick red color. Typical aromas of black currant, black cherry, vanilla, and toasty oak with a creamy, dry body and a warming, complex, medium-long, black currant, crushed berries, cigar box, and cherry skin finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Classic Cabernet hitting on all the cylinders you expect from ripe, full fruit to cigar box complexity and a long and balanced finish.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207390
Chilensis
2013 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Golden straw color. Aromas of spiced pear, creek stone, apple cider, and lime zest with a silky, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, brisk, crisp apple, pear tart, lemongrass, and white grapefruit finish. Intriguing nose with bright fruit and a background of fresh ground spices leads to a refreshing and lively finish.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207511
Tierra Brisa
2013 Malbec
Garnet color. Aromas of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and vanilla spice cake with a creamy, dry medium-to-full body and a interesting, medium length, cherry, plum, strawberry, and spice finish with moderate oak. A juicy classic style that is not too much of anything in any direction. Delicious without trying too hard.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207363
Carlos Basso
2013 "Dos Fincas" Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of ripe pear, butter, yellow apple, and brioche with a creamy, medium-to-full body and a warming, simple, medium-long, ripe pear, brioche, cantaloupe, and yellow apple finish with moderate oak. Buttery and round with apple, pear and melon flavors.
87 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207209
Redwood Creek
NV Malbec
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry cola and yams with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, simple, breezy, honeyed nuts, cedar, and peppery spice finish with soft tannins and light oak. A well made, easy going sipper.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207356
Conquista
Oak Cask Red Blend Mendoza
Ruby color. Aromas of baked cherries, olives, and herbs with a silky, dry-yet-fruity body and a tingling, simple, breezy, cocoa and pepper finish with soft tannins and light oak. A nice pizza wine.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207360
Carlos Basso
2013 "Dos Fincas" Malbec
Violet color. Aromas of preserved strawberry, grilled cherry, baking spice, and black walnut with a flat, dryish body and a smooth, simple, brisk, wild strawberry, cherry, plum, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and light oak. Round and juicy, all about the fruit with moderate oak and silky tannins.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207362
Carlos Basso
2011 "Dos Fincas", Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot Mendoza
Opaque garnet color. Spicy aromas of blackberry, plum, blackberry, and peppercorns with a lightly tannic, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium length, blackberry, pomegranate, lingonberry, and cherry skin finish with medium tannins and light oak. Juicy and spicy-zesty with blackberry flavors accented by cracked pepper and crushed berries, finishing dry with a touch of rustic tannins.
86 points $13 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207552
Tripantu
2011 Grand Reserve Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Rich aromas of cherry, raspberry, lingonberry, and white mushroom with a silky, medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, cranberry, cherry, plum, and white pepper finish with soft tannins and light oak. Juicy cherry-lingonberry-plum core is accented with white pepper, lively cranberry tartness and a hint of tannin to balance out the finish.
86 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207208
The Naked Grape
NV Malbec
Garnet color. Aromas of cherry-berry jam and root beer float with a silky, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, brisk, nut and clay finish with soft tannins and light oak. A nice, relaxing everyday sipper.
85 points $7.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207513
Paso Grande
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of baked berries, brazil nuts, and minty earth with a soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, simple, breezy, berry cream pie, cherries, and cedar finish with firm tannins and light oak. A nice easy going cabernet for sipping or the table.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207358
San Felipe
2013 Malbec
Purple color. Aromas of plums, cherry, strawberries, and vanilla cola with a velvety, medium body and a smooth, simple, breezy, plum, strawberry, boysenberry, and vanilla finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Lovely red and black fruits with moderate oak and tannin. A laid back wine.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207549
Tripantu
2013 Reserve Carmenere
Dark garnet color. Smoky aromas of caramelized nuts, dark roasted nuts, and red berry pie with a dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy, cedar, tobacco, and beets finish with soft tannins and light oak. A go to red for sipping or the table.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207389
Oveja Negra
2014 Reserva, Rosé Maule Valley
Pink color. Aromas of cherries and honeycomb with a soft, dryish light body and a tingling, simple, brisk, lemon pepper, leafy earth, and nutskin finish with light oak. A nice quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207354
Oveja Negra
2012 Reserva, Cabernet Franc-Carmenere Maule Valley
Garnet color. Aromas of lingoneberry, grilled plum, black raspberry, and vanilla bean with a velvety, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium length, crushed cherry, raspberry, vanilla cake, and lingonberry preserves finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Juicy fruit and sweet roasted red bell peppers flavors make this perfect with a homecooked meal. Turn a weeknight into a weekend night with this bottle.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207553
Tripantu
2012 Grand Reserve Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Bright aromas of pineapple, papaya, crenshaw melon, and toasty vanilla with a supple, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium length, white pineapple, pear, apple, and toasty oak finish with soft tannins and moderate oak. Medium bodied everyday Chardonnay with a balance of tropical and tree fruit flavors, generously oaked with a dry finish.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207514
Paso Grande
2012 Carmenere
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of roasted peppers and olive bread with a supple, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk, pomegranate vinaigrette, nut, and pencil shavings finish with medium tannins and light oak. A savory red that with play nicely with beef dishes.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207515
Paso Grande
2012 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of quince, yellow peach, red apple, and grilled pear with a soft, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, medium length, pear, apple, yellow melon, and brioche finish with moderate oak. Classic apple and pear flavors with a touch of stone fruit and medium oak.
84 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207274
Echeverria
2014 Classic Collection Sauvignon Blanc
Nickel color. Aromas of lemon, pear, white grapefruit, and honeydew with a soft, dry light body and a smooth, simple, brisk, honeydew, white peach, lemon, and green apple finish. Bright and lively with a core of summer fruits, finishing with refreshing citrus.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207351
Oveja Negra
2013 Reserva, Malbec-Petit Verdot Maule Valley
Garnet color. Aromas of black licorice, black raspberry, cinnabon, and cherry with a velvety, medium body and a smooth, simple, breezy, cherry, vanilla cola, lingonberry, and sugar plums finish with soft tannins and light oak. Juicy and generously fruity. A safe every day red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207510
Tierra Brisa
2013 Chardonnay
Golden yellow color. Aromas of apple, pear, buttered toast, and lemon with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, simple, breezy, yellow apple, pear, white melon, and toast finish with light oak. A lightly oaked Chardonnay, perfect for an afternoon quaffer or with a light dinner.
84 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207361
Carlos Basso
2013 "Dos Fincas", Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec Mendoza
Dark garnet black color. Mellow aromas of sour cherry, mulberry, and hint of smoked fish with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy, vanilla, nut, and pear finish with medium tannins and light oak. A nice easy drinking red for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207299
Caligiore
2013 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of black currant, black cherry, blackberry, and baking spice with a velvety, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium length, black currant, black cherry, grape skin, and vanilla paste finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. An everyday classic. All that you expect in a Cabernet. A comfort wine with a touch of class.
84 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207365
Carlos Basso
2012 "Vina Amalia" Malbec
Garnet color. Aromas of black raspberry, cherry, blackberry, and vanilla with a velvety, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy, cherry, strawberry, red plum, and vanilla finish with fruit tannins and light oak. Soft, juicy and friendly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207509
Tierra Brisa
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Aromas of currants, cherry, plum, and vanilla with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, simple, short, cherry, strawberry, currant, and vanilla finish with soft tannins and light oak. A simple everyday red when you want to upgrade to the noble Cabernet Grape.
83 points $12.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207364
Carlos Basso
2012 "Dos Fincas" Sauvignon Blanc
Golden yellow color. Aromas of pear, baked apple, cantaloupe, and lemon curd with a soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, simple, breezy, melon, lemon, baked apple, and yellow pepper finish. Ripe fruit and full texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207507
Filus
2013 Malbec
Purple color. Aromas of cherry, blackberry, red plum, and figs with a velvety, dry medium body and a warming, interesting, brisk, cherry, plum, vanilla, and blackberry finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. Classic red and black fruits with a touch of tomato leaf and bell pepper notes.
83 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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