March 2015 - South America

This month's Wine feature is South American Wines
South America Reviews
209606
Don Rodolfo
2014 High Altitude Vineyards Moscato
Golden silver color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of lychee and white rose with a silky, bright, off-dry light-to-medium body and a silky, stimulating, medium-length finish that shows notes of honeyed peach and lemon zest with no oak. A delightful, very fruity sipper with lots of gewurztraminer qualities.
93 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209541
The Show
2013 Malbec
Garnet color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of huckleberry jam, candied lilac, and melted chocolate nut bar with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish displaying touches of blueberry pie a la mode and boysenberry sorbet with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A very tasty, fruity, and crowd pleasing malbec.
93 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209601
Tinga
2013 Reserve, Red Blend Claret Colchagua Valley
Garnet black color. Lively, interesting aromas and flavors of sweet mint, eucalyptus, and blueberry cobbler with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-length finish evoking notes of spiced cherries, blackberry chutney, and pink peppercorns with silky tannins. An attractive, exotically spice red blend.
92 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209686
Altamira del los Andes
2009 Winemaker's Selection Mendoza
Garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of berry chutney, chocolate nougat bar, and mocha with a silky, tangy, fruity body and a tingling, charming, medium-long finish that shows accents of sour cherry, nuts, vanilla, and Peppadew pepper with light oak. A robustly fruit, appetizing red.
92 points $36.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208946
Gundu
2013 Reserve Carmenere
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, red berries, and roasted peppers with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and an engaging, medium-length finish with accents of craisin with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An elegantly styled Carmenère that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209605
Don Rodolfo
2014 High Altitude Vineyards Tannat
Dark garnet violet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of coffee gelato and blackberry cobbler with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long finish evoking elements of smoked nuts, creme brulee, dried blueberries, and white cigar ash with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A great tannat with superb varietal character and table appeal, especially with grilled meats.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209554
MYTHIC
2014 Mountain, Blend Mendoza
Dark ruby black color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of roasted coffee and berry pie crust with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of vanilla cream, delicate spice, and nuts with silky tannins and light oak. A very smooth and flavorful red.
91 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209723
Belasco de Baquedano
2011 "AR Geuntota" Malbec
Opaque dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of clay, blueberry cobbler, and smoked nuts with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long finish imparting accents of chocolate, spiced cherries, vanilla, and pepper with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A broad-shouldered Argentina malbec that has characteristic juiciness and structure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209923
Aconcagua
2011 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright opaque garnet blue violet color. Attractive, interesting aromas and flavors of rich blackcurrants, cedar, black plums, and toast with a supple, racy, dry full body and a warming, very complex, long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209612
La Playa
2014 Estate Series Viognier-Chardonnay
Pale golden silver color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of ripe peaches, clementines, and apples with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish that presents nuances of candied lemon with no oak. A vibrant, mouthwatering white blend.
90 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209680
Chilensis
2013 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark ruby color. Bright, fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of berry tart, spiced nuts, and minty herbs with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of cranberry chutney and cedar with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A well balanced and nicely spicy red that will cover a lot of bases.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209681
Chilensis
2013 Reserva Pinot Noir
Dark ruby black color. Bright aromas and flavors of dried cherry, spiced jerky, smoked nuts, and toffee with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish that presents touches of pickled beet, honey, cedar, and minerals with crunchy tannins. A nicely layered pinot with subtlety and finesse.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209555
MYTHIC
2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark violet color. Bright, attractive aromas of creme brulee, berry pie, and chocolate with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and a delightful, medium-length smoked nuts and nuts finish with silky tannins and light oak. A very tasty, balanced, and crowd pleasing cabernet.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209449
Septima
2011 Gran Reserva Malbec
Dark garnet black color. Lively aromas and flavors of chestnut toffee, berry compote, clay, and chocolate with a satiny, lively, fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long finish with notes of creme brulee and cocoa with fine tannins and light oak. A deliciously appetizing, bright and juicy malbec with great old world style and balance.
90 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209611
La Playa
2013 Estate Series, Red Blend Colchagua Valley
Garnet black color. Rich aromas and flavors of mocha, cherry gelato, and candied berries with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, breezy finish revealing touches of roasted nuts, dried blueberries, cedar bark, and singed herbs with moderate oak. A rock solid sipper or table wine.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209231
PKNT
2012 Gold Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet violet color. Bright, smoky aromas and flavors of blackberry tart, herbs, and pencil shavings with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long finish displaying notes of earth, nuts, and pomegranate sorbet with crunchy tannins and light oak. A rock solid red that will be great with steaks.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209448
Septima
2012 Malbec
Ruby garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of nougat, mocha, mulberries, and sundried tomatoes with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, captivating, breezy finish with impressions of blueberry jam on toast, nuts, and caramel apple with light oak. A mellow, jammy malbec.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209687
Altamira del los Andes
2010 Reserve Malbec
Opaque dark violet black color. Aromas of black licorice, baked berries, and herbal honey with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a breezy peppered mulberries, cedar bark, mint, and earth finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A sturdy table companion.
89 points $22.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209925
Aconcagua
2010 Roble-Oak Red Wine Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of black raspberries, vanilla cream, and herbs with a silky, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of praline, cedar, delicate peppery spice, and minerals with fine tannins and light oak. A very nice juicy, zesty cabernet cabernet that will cover a lot of bases.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209922
Aconcagua
2011 Reserve Malbec
Opaque garnet violet color. Lively, spicy aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, mixed berries, and toast with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity body and a polished, compelling, snappy finish with touches of vanilla cream and roasted nuts with silky tannins and light oak. A very nice easy drinking malbec for carefree enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209609
Vino de Eyzaguirre
2013 Merlot
Ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of chocolate berry tart, roasted beets, and focaccia with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length finish evoking overtones of nuts with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice savory red for the table or sipping.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209609
Vino de Eyzaguirre
2013 Merlot
Ruby color. Delicate aromas and flavors of chocolate berry tart, roasted beets, and focaccia with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length finish evoking overtones of nuts with chewy tannins and light oak. A nice savory red for the table or sipping.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209682
Oveja Negra
2014 Reserva, Sauvignon Blanc-Carmenere Maule Valley
Silvery straw color. Rich aromas and flavors of sliced green pepper, gooseberry jam, grapefruit, and honeyed rainier cherry with a silky, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-length finish with notes of straw with no oak. A very crisp and balanced sauvignon blanc with nice varietal character.
88 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209553
MYTHIC
2014 Mountain Malbec
Dark violet black color. Delicate aromas of floral honeycomb, berry compote, and toffee with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length vanilla, sour cherry chutney, cedar, and pepper finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A tasty easy drinking malbec.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209724
Belasco de Baquedano
2014 ROSA Malbec Rosé Luján de Cuyo
Bright ruby color. Lively aromas and flavors of wild cherries and nut with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length finish displaying notes of white strawberry, blood orange, and melon rind with light oak. A nice, adult rosé.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209396
Bailando
2013 Bonarda
Garnet violet black color. Interesting, delicate aromas and flavors of creamy chocolate, dark berry custard, honeycomb, and herb bread with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length finish displaying shades of spiced nuts, roasted berries, and pepper with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy red that will be great with Latin beef dishes.
88 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208942
Gundu
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cherries, honeycomb, and spiced nut with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, crisp finish with impressions of cedar and coffee with light oak. A tasty easy drinking red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208943
Gundu
2013 Reserve Merlot
Dark garnet violet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of powdered sugared plums and chocolate toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a easy finish that shows notes of roasted beets and blood orange with crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice everyday merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208943
Gundu
2013 Reserve Merlot
Dark garnet violet color. Delicate aromas and flavors of powdered sugared plums and chocolate toffee with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a easy finish that shows notes of roasted beets and blood orange with crunchy tannins and light oak. A nice everyday merlot.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209548
Kirkland Signature
2013 Malbec
Garnet black color. Mild aromas and flavors of waxy honeycomb, cassis jam, and chocolate orange peels with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, breezy finish that shows notes of roasted citrus and earth with crunchy tannins and light oak. A enjoyable and versatile everyday red.
87 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209540
Handsome Devil
2013 Malbec
Dark garnet color. Bright aromas and flavors of spiced berries and dark chocolate with a silky, crisp, fruity medium body and an engaging, breezy finish with notes of cherries, praline, and melon rind with dusty tannins. A nice easy drinking malbec for everyday enjoyment.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209610
Vino de Eyzaguirre
2013 Syrah
Bright garnet blue violet color. Inviting, attractive aromas and flavors of baked berries, dried leaves, turned earth, and light pepper with a lightly tannic, bright, dry full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with woody tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209599
Tinga
2013 Reserve Pinot Noir
Dark garnet color. Bright, toasty aromas of dried sour cherry and spiced nuts with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy marinated beets, cedar, and watermelon finish with fine tannins and light oak. A tasty mouthwatering pinot.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209232
PKNT
2014 Gold Grand Reserve Carmenere
Garnet black color. Aromas of blueberry pie a la mode, vanilla yogurt, and ink with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length eucalyptus incense finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A dense, chewy red for the table.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209451
Septima
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Mild aromas and flavors of blueberry cobbler, herbs, and vanilla candle with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy finish that presents notes of sour cherry, sweet cream, spice, and nuts with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A nice tangy red that will shine with food.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209926
Aconcagua
2013 Cabernet-Malbec
Dark garnet black color. Delicate aromas of mint leaf, spiced berries, and grass with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, carefree sour cherry compote, pomegranate, earth, and nutskin finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A pleasant sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209924
Aconcagua
2010 Roble-Oak Red Wine Malbec
Dark bright garnet color. Bright, creamy aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, vanilla nut brittle, toasty cedar, and green olive with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, intriguing, relaxed finish with impressions of custard, nuts, and charcoal with light oak. A nice combination of fruit and earthy, herbal notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208944
Gundu
2013 Reserve Malbec
Opaque dark violet color. Mild aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, cedar, and blackberry tart with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a breezy finish with nuances of sour cherry, blood orange, and mocha cream with chewy tannins and light oak. A rock solid malbec with good fruit and tannins.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209600
Tinga
2013 Reserve Carmenere
Ruby brick red color. Delicate aromas and flavors of marinated and roasted tomatoes, sour cherries, and chocolate espresso beans with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length finish revealing impressions of nutskin, earth, and mocha cream with fine tannins and light oak. A smooth and tasty red.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209395
Rayado
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark ruby blue violet color. Attractive, complex aromas and flavors of light chocolate, cassis, toasted marshmallow, and white pepper with a tannic, crisp, dry full body and a mildly astringent, layered, medium-long finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209556
MYTHIC
2013 Vineyard Malbec
Violet black color. Bright aromas of mulberry tart and nougat with a vibrant, fruity medium body and a warming, cherries, pepper, and honey finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A nice warming malbec.
86 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209779
Kenos
2013 Syrah
Bright medium garnet blue violet color. Attractive, interesting aromas and flavors of light caramel, tangy blackberries, toasty oak, and bit of white pepper with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a peppery, charming, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
85 points $8.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209598
Tinga
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet color. Lively aromas and flavors of spiced berries, herbs, and beeswax with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an even, appealing, snappy finish with notes of craisin, blueberry, earth, and cedar with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A solid sipper for everyday pleasure.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208945
Gundu
2013 Reserve Syrah
Bright medium garnet blue violet color. Attractive, inviting aromas and flavors of mulberries, ripe blackcurrants, turned earth, and white peppercorns with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a peppery, delightful, medium-length finish with chewy tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209602
Tinga
2014 Reserve Chardonnay
Light gold color. Mild aromas of roasted nuts and pineapples and baked lemons and apples with a supple, soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift vanilla nuts and cedar plank finish with papery tannins and light oak. A nice oaky chardonnay.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209450
Septima
2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
Dark garnet black color. Curious aromas of berry yogurt and charred meat with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and an interesting, brisk sour cherry, blood orange, and caramel apple finish. An earthy, meaty quaffer.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209542
Ménage à Trois
2012 Malbec
Garnet black color. Delicate aromas and flavors of cherries, jasmine, and nut brittle with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek finish imparting overtones of cedar, vanilla, earth, and nutskin with papery tannins. A nice everyday red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209778
Kenos
2013 Reserva Syrah
Bright dark garnet blue violet color. Fruity, interesting aromas and flavors of tangy black fruits, stewed plums, dried twigs, and white pepper with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with firm tannins and moderate oak.
83 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209504
Teillery
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Mild aromas of white strawberry, fancy herbal soap, and melon with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy cranberry and charred nut finish with light oak. A sturdy quaffer.
83 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
209603
Tinga
2014 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Pale dull silvery straw color. Muted aromas of lemon pith, brown grass, beeswax, and aspirin with a flat, crisp, dryish thin body and an short dried grapefruit and dried leaves finish with papery tannins. A quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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