September 2016 - Chile

This month's Wine feature is Chilean Wines
Chile Reviews
216387
Echeverria
2014 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Toasty, savory aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans, spiced berries, olives and nuts, and clay with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, medium-long pickled beets and tomatoes, mossy earth, cedar, and tea finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A delicious and layered cabernet with waves of pleasure inducing flavor.
93 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216391
Echeverria
2014 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of potter’s clay, spiced dried berries, and beeswax candle with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an appealing, medium-long roasted chestnuts finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak. A bright and refreshing cabernet with subtle complexity.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216392
Echeverria
2012 Founder's Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Ruby black color. Complex aromas and flavors of toffee, clay, blackberry tart, and mint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, intricate, long menthol mint, sour cherry chutney, coconut, and earth finish with moderate oak. A rich and elegant cabernet that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216396
Quasar
2014 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Toasty, meaty aromas and flavors of roasted beef, baked berries, olives and toasted chive, and Mexican chocolate with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an intricate, medium-long pickled spices, smoked vanilla toffee, and hint of mint and eucalyptus finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A stylish and layered cabernet stuffed with fruity and savory flavors.
92 points $11.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216399
Quasar
2014 Limited Edition Pinot Noir
Garnet color. Aromas and flavors of sweet roasted beets, cashew nut brittle, and dried cherries with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length red and green tomato, blood orange, and cedar pencil shavings finish with fine tannins and light oak. A wonderfully savory and appetizing dry pinot noir that will shine at the table.
92 points $14.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216144
PKNT
2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Brown brick red color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate covered blueberries, roasted nuts, and clay with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, medium-length vanilla, spiced mangos and peaches, and earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A nicely composed cabernet with juicy fruit and delicate tannins.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216393
Quasar
2015 Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas and flavors of black raspberry pie, vanilla mint toffee, and roasted nuts with a silky, tangy, fruity medium body and an even, delightful, medium-length cherry sauce, orange-mango relish, pickled beet, and cherry hibiscus tea finish with fine tannins and light oak. A fun, juicy cabernet with a light and easy style.
90 points $6.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216386
Echeverria
2014 Reserva Carmenere
Nearly opaque garnet black color. Earthy, vegetal, peppery aromas of prune and cherries with a velvety, bright, dryish medium body and an engaging, medium-length dark stewed fruit, thyme, and molasses finish. A very interesting, well-structured red with body.
90 points $9.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216401
Quasar
2015 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
Bright golden straw color. Earthy, mature, perfumed aromas of overripe peaches and camellias with a glycerous, soft, moderately sweet full body and a pear tart, guava, and honey finish. A luscious and complex dessert wine.
89 points $14.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216384
Echeverria
2015 Reserva Merlot
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate fondue, sweet cherries, and jasmine with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length black forest cake, pickled tomato, cedar, and minerals finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak. A rock solid merlot with everything in its proper place.
88 points $9.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216385
Echeverria
2015 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried lime and lavender, currant chutney, and chocolate pound cake with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long vanilla nut brittle, delicate spiced yams, toasted cedar, and pepper finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A supple, warming cabernet sipper.
88 points $9.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216395
Quasar
2014 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Opaque garnet black color. Musty, woody, sweet, candied aromas of candied red fruit and green pepper with a velvety, soft, dryish medium-to-full body and a medium-length finish. Rich, fruity, and savory.
88 points $11.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216388
Echeverria
2014 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Opaque dusty garnet color. Earthy, vinegary, sweet aromas of pickle brine and sweet tea with a round, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a asparagus and cornichon finish. Bright fruits with a savory undertone.
88 points $12.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216398
Quasar
2014 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of spiced currants and blueberries, olives, and toasted coconut with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length pickling spices, vanilla nuts, cedar, and toasted herbs finish with soft, chewy tannins and light oak. A nice combination of fruit and savory notes makes this a great choice for the table.
88 points $14.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216400
Quasar
2014 Limited Edition Syrah
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and berries, olives, and toasted cedar with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, buoyant vanilla toffee, mango chutney on toast, and cocoa-mint finish with chewy tannins and light oak. A nicely balanced savory syrah.
88 points $14.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216369
Malbec Nation
2014 Grand Reserve Malbec
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas of dill pickles and fresh peppers with a body and a ripe green peppers and tomato chutney finish. Rich, fruity, but with vegetal and herbal notes; an interesting, hearty stew of flavors.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216367
Beach Kite
2015 Medium Dry Pinot Noir
Ruby garnet color. Savory aromas and flavors of stewed cherries and beets and toasted nuts and herbs with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, breezy cocoa-dusted orange and mint, delicate spice, and earth finish with silky tannins and light oak. A nice easy pinot noir with good fruit and structure.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216142
PKNT
2015 Reserve Carmenere
Dusty garnet color. Earthy, toasty aromas and flavors of slate, roasted nuts, beets and berries, and tomato leaf with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy vanilla yogurt nuts and citrus and dusty earth finish with silky, fine tannins and light oak. A crisp and refreshing red wine that will be quite flexible.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216368
Malbec Nation
2015 Reserve Malbec
Opaque ruby black color. Vegetal, vinegary, savory, rustic aromas of campfire, dill pickles, and gardenias with a syrupy, soft, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dill pickles, maraschino, and sandalwood finish. Intriguing, vegetal and savory notes.
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216394
Quasar
2015 Selection Carmenere
Ruby black color. Savory, vegetal aromas and flavors of olive relish, sauerkraut, pickled green tomatoes, and white pepper with a supple, crisp, sweet-and-sour medium body and an effortless, intriguing, medium-length dark cherry, herbs, and roasted nuts and cedar finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A very savory and distinctive red with a lot of rusticity for the table.
84 points $6.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216389
Nina Brut
NV Sparkling Curico Valley
Clear pale silvery emerald straw color. Clean, grassy, dusty aromas of fresh grass, crisp linen, and sea spray with a tart, finely carbonated, light-to-medium body and a lemon, grapefruit, and saline finish. A refreshing, food-friendly sparkling wine that would be great with fried food from chicken to tempura.
84 points $9.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216397
Quasar
2014 Gran Reserva Merlot
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of clay, craisin, and crayon with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk olive, herbs, and nuts finish with crunchy tannins and light oak. A dry, rustic merlot for the table.
84 points $11.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216390
Echeverria
2014 Gran Reserva Syrah
Garnet black color. Aromas of coffee beans, olive, and spiced cranberries with a soft, light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk cocoa and earth finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A simple, easy syrah quaffer.
83 points $12.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216143
PKNT
2014 Reserve Merlot
Dark garnet color. Sulfurous aromas of matchstick, smoked nuts, and grilled peppers with a supple, body and a tingling, odd, short cranberry-tomato relish, okra, and cedar bark finish with hard, barky tannins and heavy oak. A firm smoky, oak merlot for the table.
80 points $9.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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