September 2015 - South America

This month's Wine feature is South American Wines
South America Reviews
211375
Echeverria
2013 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Herbal, savory aromas of eucalyptus leaf, gherkin, and wild berries with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-length toffee, blueberry pastry, and vanilla cream finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious and complex cab with lots to offer.
92 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211502
Bouza
2013 Reserva Tannat
Black garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of berry pie crust, chocolate, and candied yams with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length smoked nuts, grilled cherries and tomatoes, and charcoal finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. An elegant, spot on tannat with classic smokiness; a great bbq wine.
92 points $19.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211384
Echeverria
2011 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Delicate aromas of nuts, cornichon, and berry chutney with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-length oak, earth, vanilla, and eucalyptus finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A layered and nuanced cabernet that will reward moderate cellaring.
92 points $24.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211395
Quasar
2011 "Perfecto" Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon/ Carmenere
Deep purple color. Mild, attractive aromas of honeyed berries, chocolate graham crackers, and nuts with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, layered, medium-long pomegranate sorbet, vanilla cream, cedar, and herbs finish with chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and lively red blend with plenty of stuffing for the cellar.
92 points $24.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211437
Kenos
2013 Carignan
Garnet black color. Bright, savory, complex aromas of dried berries, chocolate, olives, and leather with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long roasted root vegetables and peppers and earth finish with fine tannins and light oak. A lovely Old World styled red with a great savory streak.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211783
Vino de Eyzaguirre
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Lively, fruity, toasty aromas of ripe black fruits, gravel, red licorice/anise, and cedar with a bright, dry body and a seamless, long finish with well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
91 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211380
Echeverria
2013 Gran Reserva Syrah
Deep purple color. Bright, savory, complex aromas of black raspberry custard tart, chocolate, smoked peppercorn, and mixed olives with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length tomato, meat, and nutskin finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant and tasty syrah that will shine at the table.
91 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211378
Echeverria
2012 Gran Reserva Syrah/Carmenere
Deep purple color. Delicate, interesting, spicy minty aromas of baked berries, pickled melon, chocolate mint, and sweet herbs with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with fine tannins and light oak. A delightful and well balanced syrah with plenty of stuffing and acidity for aging too.
91 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211396
Casa Nueva
2010 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Lively, spicy, fruity aromas of cinnamon raisin toast, cassis compote, and creamy vanilla with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity body and a silky, involved, medium-length herbs, menthol mint, and nutskin finish with light oak. A snappy, mouthwatering cabernet with a lovely herbal back note.
91 points $14.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211508
Amped
2014 Tannat
Black garnet color. Interesting, spicy aromas of sweet pickle, pistachio toffee, and currant custard tart with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long chives, mint, herbs, and roasted carrot finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A unique and fun roller coaster of exotic flavors that will make for some interesting pairings.
91 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211460
Septima
2013 Obra Malbec
Violet color. Delicate aromas of berry pastry, salty butter roasted nuts, cocoa, and roasted root vegetables with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, medium-length spice and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced and satisfying malbec with a lot to offer now and later.
91 points $24.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211387
Quasar
2014 Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Lively, herbal, fruity savory aromas of cranberry jam on toast and cornichon with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, amusing, medium-length toffee, cream, and baking spices finish with silky tannins and light oak. A supple, effortless wine that is sure to please.
90 points $7.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211372
Echeverria
2014 Reserva Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of black currants, plums, olives, and gravel with a chewy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, brisk finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
90 points $9.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211372
Echeverria
2014 Reserva Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas of black currants, plums, olives, and gravel with a chewy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, brisk finish with firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
90 points $9.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211383
Echeverria
2013 "Propuesta" Gran Reserva Maipo Valley
Ruby black color. Bright, attractive, fruity aromas of spiced red berries, roasted nut brittle, honeyed herbs, and green olive with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, engaging, breezy craisin, cocoa, and dried meat finish with silky tannins and no oak. A very smooth and refreshing red that is sure to please.
90 points $9.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211561
Millaman
2014 Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Straw color. Bright, savory aromas of roasted grapefruit and peppers with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length lemon, pickle, and kiwi finish with no oak. A robust and savory sauvignon blanc that will shine with foods.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211604
Contempo
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark burnt sienna color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of ripe black currants, wine gums, purple gummy bears, cedar, and turned earth with a supple, bright, dryish full body and a warming, involved, long finish with fine, firm, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211377
Echeverria
2013 Gran Reserva Cabernet/Merlot
Deep purple color. Mild aromas of cocoa, spiced berries, and olive tapenade with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length roasted nuts, earth, eucalyptus, and dried meat finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. An artfully blended and refreshing red that will pair beautifully with beef.
90 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211397
Echeverria
2013 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Garnet black color. Bright, fruity, herbal aromas of dried berries, olives, and chocolate mint with a silky, bright, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length craisin, roasted carrot, and earth finish with light oak. A delicious and elegant carmenere.
90 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211389
Quasar
2013 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Bright, interesting aromas of waxy honeycomb, pickle, and dried blueberries with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy craisin, blood orange, eucalyptus, and vanilla nut finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and light oak. A smooth, savory, herbal cabernet that will be great with spicy meat dishes.
90 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211391
Quasar
2013 Gran Reserva Cabernet/Merlot
Violet color. Bright, spicy aromas of cassis pie, menthol mint, and chocolate with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an even, interesting, medium-length marinated cucumber, cedar, dried meat, and nuts finish with chewy, fine tannins and light oak.
90 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211434
Vinecol
2014 Malbec
Bright medium brick red color. Lively, fruity, sweaty earthy aromas of ripe mulberries, sweaty saddle leather, salinity, and chalk with a bright, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, complex, quick finish with chewy, firm tannins and moderate oak.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211393
Quasar
2012 Limited Edition Syrah
Violet color. Delicate, fruity aromas of red berries and spiced cherries with a chewy, crisp, dryish body and an effortless, stimulating, medium-length blood orange, tomato, herbs, and pepper finish with light oak. A delicious and balanced, table friendly syrah.
90 points $14.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211984
PKNT
2013 Gold Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby color. Aromas of toffee, mocha fudge, berry tart, and pickling spices with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length currant, herbs, and menthol mint finish with crunchy tannins. A crisp, fruity and layered cabernet with nice spiciness.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211497
Alberti 154
2013 DOC Malbec
Garnet black color. Bright, attractive, creamy aromas of berry buttercream, roasted nuts, and caramelized smoked bacon with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-length caramel apple, delicate spice, toffee, and cedar finish with fine, silky tannins and light oak. An attractively juicy and easy drinking malbec that is sure to please.
90 points $16.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211394
Quasar
2012 Limited Edition Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium golden yellow color. Bright, fruity, floral citrusy aromas of honey crisp apple, lemon meringue, white flowers, and dried apricots with a silky, crisp, sweet medium-full body and a smooth, long finish with no tannins and no oak.
90 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211784
Belasco de Baquedano
2012 Swinto Malbec
Opaque black garnet color. Bright, attractive aromas of vanilla nuts, mixed peppercorns, and berry tart with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a charming, medium-long cedar, earth, and blackberry jam finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A smooth and savory, well oaked malbec.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211772
La Playa
2014 Estate Series Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of black currants, toasty oak, dried twigs, and dark cherries with a crisp, dry full body and a warming, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211501
Arenal
2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black ruby color. Bright, fruity aromas of roasted nuts, chocolate, and spiced berries with a silky, crisp, fruity body and a graceful, relaxed menthol and herbs finish with crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice tangy, lightly herbal cabernet.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211431
Car Men Air
2012 Carmenere
Ruby black color. Bright, creamy, fruity aromas of berry tart, vanilla cream, olive tapenade, and meat with a supple, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length pomegranate, spice, caramelized bacon, and gherkin finish with chewy, firm tannins and heavy oak. A rock solid red with nice table appeal.
89 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211381
Echeverria
2013 Gran Reserva Malbec
Dark brown brick red color. Bright, fruity, toasty earthy nutty aromas of mulberry cobbler, roasted nuts, leather, and turned earth with an crisp, dryish full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211503
Carlos Basso
2014 Dos Fincas Malbec
Ruby black color. Bright, attractive aromas of chocolate berries and nuts and smoked pepper with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, charming, medium-length spicy roasted apple and carrot and vanilla cream finish with silky tannins and light oak. A supple, attractive malbec.
89 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211480
Casa Donoso
2013 Bicentenario Carmenere
Indigo color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas of cranberry chutney, pencil shavings, roasted squash, and linen with a silky, crisp, dryish medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length craisin, beef bouillon, and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A fine savory Carmenère that is sure to please.
89 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211505
Elqui
2013 Red Blend
Bright dark dusty garnet color. Earthy, fruity toasty aromas of ripe black currants, leather, black cherries, and white pepper with a lively, dry full body and a peppery, medium-long finish with firm, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $15.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211459
Septima
2012 Gran Reserva Mendoza
Bright dark ruby black color. Aromas of ripe mulberries, cassis, potters clay, and leather with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
89 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211373
Echeverria
2014 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Bright aromas of mocha and toast with berry jam with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, breezy finish with silky tannins. A tasty all purpose cabernet.
88 points $9.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211386
Quasar
2014 Reserva Merlot
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, vinous, fruity earthy aromas of black currants, plums, pressed linen, and gravel with an bright, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak.
88 points $9.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211386
Quasar
2014 Reserva Merlot
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Bright, vinous, fruity earthy aromas of black currants, plums, pressed linen, and gravel with an bright, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, elegant, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, fruit tannins and light oak.
88 points $9.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211388
Quasar
2014 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Mild, fruity aromas of currant jam, cedar, and top soil with a supple, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, breezy plum, spice, roasted pepper, and bark finish with fine tannins and light oak. A rock solid cab that will be versatile.
88 points $9.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211436
Kenos
2013 Cabernet Franc
Bright medium brown brick red color. Delicate, floral, woody elegant aromas of black raspberries, sandalwood, menthol, and violet with an crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, involved, medium-long finish with well-integrated, chewy, fruit tannins and light oak.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211435
Santa Irene
2014 Malbec
Ruby black color. Floral, fruity aromas of spicy blackberry compote, vanilla toffee, cornichon, and jasmine with a silky, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length cedar finish with silky tannins and light oak. A delicious and well balanced savory malbec.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211780
Tinga
2014 Reserve Carmenere
Black ruby color. Bright, meaty aromas of crispy bacon and chocolate covered berries with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and an even, delightful, crisp sour cherry, pepper, and toasty cedar finish with light oak. A supple, savory red.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211781
Tinga
2014 Reserve Pinot Noir
Ruby color. Aromas of dried cherry chutney, honeycomb, and berry cookie with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long marinated beet, blood orange, and nutskin finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A savory, earthy pinot that will cover a lot of bases.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211374
Echeverria
2014 Gran Reserva Chardonnay
Bright medium straw green color. Nutty, fruity aromas of toasted walnuts, yellow apples, and potters clay with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, quick finish with chewy, fruit tannins and light oak.
88 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211390
Quasar
2013 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Garnet black color. Fruity, smoky aromas of baked berries, olives, and tar with a supple, bright, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length plum, roasted carrot, and bark finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A nice dry, savory red for the table.
88 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211785
Belasco de Baquedano
2014 Llama Malbec
Black ruby color. Bright aromas of dried cassis, green peppercorn, and pencil shavings with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length spice and vanilla nuts finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A rock solid malbec.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211983
Car Men Air
2012 Grand Reserve Carmenere
Ruby color. Aromas of powdered sugar on berries and chocolate nuts with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, intriguing, breezy craisin, spicy beets, cedar, and smoked nuts finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211498
Dharma
2013 Mendoza
Bright dark dusty ruby color. Minerally, earthy fruity toasty aromas of black fruits, mocha, roasted plums, and oriental spices with a chewy, lively, dry full body and a warming, layered, medium-length finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211382
Echeverria
2012 Special Selection Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Bright medium color. Bright, citrusy, fruity aromas of golden raisins, dried apricot, and gravel with a bright, sweet full body and a warming, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211478
Leyendas de Familia
2013 Noche de Luna Maule Valley
Bright dark garnet black color. Delicate, fruity, earthy toasty nutty aromas of ripe black currants, leather, mulberries, and gravel with a chewy, bright, dry full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, fine, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
88 points $19.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211775
La Playa
2015 Estate Series Chardonnay
Bright medium yellow straw color. Lively, fruity aromas of ripe green apple, salinity, lemon zest, and Schweppes bitter lemon with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak.
87 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211488
Piedra Negra
2014 Rosado Pinot Gris
Pale steely pink color. Delicate, fruity, grassy aromas of gooseberries and cherry with a silky, tangy, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, appealing, breezy citrus and minerals finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A very nice dry rosé.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211490
Piedra Negra
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, earthy toasty aromas of cassis, spiced pomegranate, dried twigs, and centrum multivitamins with a tannic, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, complex, brisk finish with firm, chewy tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211376
Echeverria
2013 Gran Reserva Merlot
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, earthy woody aromas of black berries, plums, leather, and potters clay with a chewy, bright, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211376
Echeverria
2013 Gran Reserva Merlot
Bright medium brick red color. Bright, fruity, earthy woody aromas of black berries, plums, leather, and potters clay with a chewy, bright, dry medium-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated, fruit tannins and moderate oak.
87 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211560
Millaman
2014 Estate Reserve Pinot Noir
Medium bright brick red color. Lively, inviting, fruity earthy toasty aromas of ripe black cherries, pomegranate, dried leaves, and toasted caramel with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, subtle, medium-length finish with well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
87 points $13.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211392
Quasar
2013 Limited Edition Pinot Noir
Medium garnet color. Lively, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of dried cherries, dried leaves, tree sap, and subtle toast with a lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, quick finish with well-integrated, firm, fruit tannins and light oak. Rustic old world style, reminiscent of a Burgundy from the Cote de Chalonaise
87 points $14.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211773
La Playa
2014 Estate Series Merlot
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty aromas of black cherries, plums, fruit cake, and turned earth with an crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, easy finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211773
La Playa
2014 Estate Series Merlot
Bright medium dusty ruby color. Fruity, toasty aromas of black cherries, plums, fruit cake, and turned earth with an crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, interesting, easy finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211499
La Yunta
2014 Torrontes
Bright medium golden straw color. Complex, fruity floral aromas of grapefruit pith, dried apricot skin, salinity, and clay with an vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, engaging, relaxed finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211489
Piedra Negra
2012 Malbec
Ruby black color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas of ripe cherries, mulberries, and spiced nuts with a satiny, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, crisp cocoa, fleur de sel, earth, and pepper finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A solid malbec.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211487
Piedra Negra
2014 Pinot Gris
Bright medium straw green color. Waxy aromas of peach pit, Meyer lemon pith, and turned earth with a tangy, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211779
Tinga
2015 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Yellow color. Aromas of green pepper, grapefruit, and chive with a supple, racy, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, amusing, medium-length lemon, grass, and pepper finish. A nice grassy, herbal sauvignon for the table.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211379
Echeverria
2013 Gran Reserva Pinot Noir
Bright medium light garnet color. Lively, fruity, earthy toasty inviting aromas of baked black cherries, dried twigs, hint of molten plastic, and toast with an lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, brisk finish with fine, firm, fruit tannins and light oak.
86 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211504
Carlos Basso
2014 Dos Fincas Cabernet/Malbec
Bright medium brick red color. Lively, fruity, toasty earthy aromas of black raspberries, dried plums, turned earth, and mocha with an crisp, dry body and a warming, amusing, breezy finish with firm, chewy tannins and light oak.
86 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211748
Los Andicos
2014 Seleccion Especial Malbec
Indigo color. Delicate aromas of black pepper and baked berries with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, buoyant cranberries, nuts, and pickling spice finish with light oak. A pleasant, tangy table wine.
85 points $6.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211438
Kenos
2013 Tempranillo
Garnet color. Aromas of wax, roasted nuts, and grilled berries with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, buoyant cedar and earth finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A nice oaky tempranillo for a good cut of steak.
85 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211778
Tinga
2015 Reserve Chardonnay
Bright medium yellow straw color. Lively, fruity, citrusy aromas of ripe green apples, Meyer lemon, yeasty barnyard notes, and lemon zest with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, fast finish with medium, fruit tannins and light oak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211985
PKNT
2012 Gold Grand Reserve Carmenere
Ruby color. Aromas of grilled pomegranate and sweet potato, sour cherry, and smoked peppercorn with a supple, tart, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, breezy cedar, earth, and honeyed herbs finish with woody, firm tannins and light oak. A chewy, smoky, woody red for the table.
85 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211496
Fabre Montmayou
2015 Syrah/Grenache Rose
Pink coral color. Delicate, fruity aromas of strawberry, melon, and clementine with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk yellow apple and nut finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A nice, easy quaffer; serve with a good chill.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211479
Leyendas de Familia
2013 Grand Reserva Carmenere
Garnet black color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of berry pie a la mode and toasty cedar with a supple, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy smoked nuts finish with crunchy, woody tannins and moderate oak. A solid, oaky malbec for the table.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211458
Septima
2014 Malbec
Garnet color. Delicate, fruity, spicy aromas of spicy berry pastry, sesame nougat, chocolate, and geranium with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy nutskin, cedar, and marinated root vegetable finish with dusty, papery tannins and no oak. A sturdy malbec for the table.
84 points $13.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211605
Contempo
2014 Malbec
Garnet black color. Bright, fruity, toasty aromas of berry tart and caramelized bacon with a silky, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, short dried blueberries, nutskin, and charcoal finish with light oak. A pleasant bbq wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211986
PKNT
2012 Gold Grand Reserve Syrah
Garnet color. Aromas of roasted nuts and peppers, painted barn, and olive with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, odd, rapid cedar saw dust, pomegranate, and bark finish with hard tannins and heavy oak. A firm, sturdy red for the table.
82 points $14.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
211385
Quasar
2014 Selection Carmenere
Garnet black color. Bright, fruity, smoky aromas of blackberries, caramel, and toasty cedar with a supple, tart, dryish medium body and a tingling, fast pomegranate, pepper, and straw finish with medium tannins and light oak. A burly red for the table.
81 points $7.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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