March 2016 - Chile

This month's Wine feature is Chilean Wines
Chile Reviews
213941
PKNT
2015 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery straw color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, yellow pepper, and grass with a soft, crisp, fruity medium body and a polished, delightful, medium-long limes and honeyed nuts finish with fine, crunchy, fruit tannins and no oak. A delicious and zesty sauvignon blanc that will be great with spicy foods.
92 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214348
Chilensis
2014 Reserva Malbec
Bright dark nearly opaque black color. Bold, spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of menthol mint, eucalyptus honey, and blueberry chutney with a soft, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a tingling, medium-length praline and cinnamon finish with well-integrated, crunchy, firm, barky tannins and moderate oak. A firm, age-worthy malbec.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214409
Denada
2013 Red Blend Maule Valley
Bright medium dark dusty ruby color. Creamy, fruity toasty savory aromas of ripe huckleberries, spiced cherries, cedar, and salinity with a lightly tannic, bright, dry full body and a silky, medium-length finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and light oak.
90 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214403
La Playa
2015 Estate Series Red Blend Colchagua Valley
Nearly opaque deep purple color. Bright, toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of berry tart and chocolate coffee beans with an even, tangy, dryish medium-full body and a warming, complex, medium-length dried cherries, menthol mint, and nuts finish with well-integrated, chewy, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A nice chewy red blend that will work nicely at the table.
90 points $8 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214346
Chilensis
2014 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium black garnet color. Minty, attractive aromas and flavors of menthol mint, chocolate berries, and praline with a glycerous, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, breezy brown and peppery spices, marinated beets, and tobacco finish with chewy, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A rich, spicy cabernet with lots of gusto.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214404
Tinga
2015 Reserve Pinot Noir
Dusty violet color. Spicy, tropical aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, eucalyptus, and baked berries with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, breezy beet and carrot juice, cranberry relish, cedar, and tobacco finish with soft, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very nice toasty, spicy, herbal pinot noir.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213942
PKNT
2015 Reserve Chardonnay
Bright golden straw color. Bright, fruity, leesy aromas and flavors of pineapple and caramel apple with a soft, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, relaxed vanilla flan, white toffee, and reduced lemon finish with fine tannins. A tasty, savory chardonnay sipper.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214349
Chilensis
2014 Reserva Carmenere
Bright medium dark dusty garnet color. Fruity, toasty savory aromas of spiced black cherries, mocha, cedar, and salted butter with a crisp, dry full body and a peppery, complex, relaxed finish with firm tannins and light oak.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214405
Vino de Eyzaguirre
2015 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright medium violet color. Mild, fruity, creamy spicy aromas and flavors of berry compote, toasty cedar, and chocolate nuts with a soft, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length herb roasted beets, vanilla nuts, and nut shells finish with firm, cottony tannins and moderate oak. A savory, firmly structured cabernet; give this a bit of time.
87 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214408
Denada
2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright dark medium dusty garnet color. Mild, earthy, fruity toasty aromas of huckleberries, potters clay, blackberries, and pepper with an lively, dry full body and a peppery, interesting finish with chewy, firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214347
Chilensis
2015 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Silvery emerald straw color. Interesting, savory aromas and flavors of olives, mango seed, grapefruit gastrique, and bamboo with a soft, bright, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, crisp kiwi, starfruit, grass, and gravel finish with dusty tannins and no oak. A nice dry, shellfish wine.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214345
Chilensis
2014 Reserva Pinot Noir
Bright medium brick red color. Lively, fruity, smoky savory floral aromas of tart cherries, gauze, dried violets, and dried leaves with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry full body and a warming, interesting, brisk finish with leafy tannins and light oak.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214323
Rayado
2015 "Living Beyond Breast Cancer" Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of coffee, chocolate berries, and spiced nuts with a soft, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, brisk craisins, coconut, and sweet and peppery spices finish with fine tannins and light oak. A nice and easy sipper.
85 points $16.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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