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September 2016 - Chile

September 2016 - Chile
This month's Wine feature is Chilean Wines

Chile Reviews

Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$12.90
Best Buy
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 finish that shows suggestions of pickled beets and tomatoes, mossy earth, cedar, and tea with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A delicious and layered cabernet with waves of pleasure inducing flavor.
93 points $12.90 Best Buy
Echeverria 2014 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$18
Best Buy
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 finish with notes of roasted chestnuts with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A bright and refreshing cabernet with subtle complexity.
93 points $18 Best Buy
Echeverria 2012 Founders Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$40
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 finish revealing impressions of menthol mint, sour cherry chutney, coconut, and earth with moderate oak flavor. A rich and elegant cabernet that is sure to please.
Quasar 2014 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$11.90
Best Buy
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 finish that shows shades of pickled spices, smoked vanilla toffee, and hint of mint and eucalyptus with chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A stylish and layered cabernet stuffed with fruity and savory flavors.
92 points $11.90 Best Buy
Quasar 2014 Limited Edition Pinot Noir
92 points
$14.90
Best Buy
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 finish manifesting nuances of red and green tomato, blood orange, and cedar pencil shavings with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A wonderfully savory and appetizing dry pinot noir that will shine at the table.
92 points $14.90 Best Buy
PKNT 2015 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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 finish with accents of vanilla, spiced mangos and peaches, and earth with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nicely composed cabernet with juicy fruit and delicate tannins.
91 points $9.99 Best Buy
Quasar 2015 Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$6.90
Best Buy
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 finish displaying notes of cherry sauce, orange-mango relish, pickled beet, and cherry hibiscus tea with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A fun, juicy cabernet with a light and easy style.
90 points $6.90 Best Buy
Echeverria 2014 Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$9.90
Best Buy
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
Quasar 2015 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$14.90
Best Buy
Bright golden straw color. Earthy, mature, perfumed aromas of overripe peaches and camellias with a glycerous, soft, moderately sweet full body and a medium-to-long pear tart, guava, and honey finish. A luscious and complex dessert wine
89 points $14.90 Best Buy
Echeverria 2015 Reserva Merlot
88 points
$9.90
Best Buy
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 finish that shows accents of black forest cake, pickled tomato, cedar, and minerals with well-integrated, silky tannins and light oak flavor. A rock solid merlot with everything in its proper place.
88 points $9.90 Best Buy
Echeverria 2015 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$9.90
Best Buy
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 finish evoking suggestions of vanilla nut brittle, delicate spiced yams, toasted cedar, and pepper with silky, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A supple, warming cabernet sipper.
88 points $9.90 Best Buy
Quasar 2014 Gran Reserva Carmenere
88 points
$11.90
Best Buy
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, savory
88 points $11.90 Best Buy
Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva Carmenere
88 points
$12.90
Best Buy
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 medium-to-long asparagus and cornichon finish. Bright fruits with a savory undertone
88 points $12.90 Best Buy
Quasar 2014 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$14.90
Best Buy
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 finish with accents of pickling spices, vanilla nuts, cedar, and toasted herbs with soft, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nice combination of fruit and savory notes makes this a great choice for the table.
88 points $14.90 Best Buy
Quasar 2014 Limited Edition Syrah
88 points
$14.90
Best Buy
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, easy finish with nuances of vanilla toffee, mango chutney on toast, and cocoa-mint with chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A nicely balanced savory syrah.
88 points $14.90 Best Buy
Malbec Nation 2014 Grand Reserve Malbec
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Opaque ruby black color. Aromas of dill pickles and fresh peppers with a medium body and a medium 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
Beach Kite 2015 Medium Dry Pinot Noir
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
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, easy finish that exhibits accents of cocoa-dusted orange and mint, delicate spice, and earth with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A nice easy pinot noir with good fruit and structure.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
PKNT 2015 Reserve Carmenere
86 points
$9.99
Best Buy
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 finish displaying notes of vanilla yogurt nuts and citrus and dusty earth with silky, fine tannins and light oak flavor. A crisp and refreshing red wine that will be quite flexible.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Malbec Nation 2015 Reserve Malbec
86 points
$10.99
Best Buy
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 medium dill pickles, maraschino, and sandalwood finish. Intriguing, vegetal and savory notes
86 points $10.99 Best Buy
Quasar 2015 Selection Carmenere
84 points
$6.90
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 finish with accents of dark cherry, herbs, and roasted nuts and cedar with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A very savory and distinctive red with a lot of rusticity for the table.
84 points $6.90
Nina Brut NV Sparkling Curico Valley
84 points
$9.90
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 short-to-medium 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
Quasar 2014 Gran Reserva Merlot
84 points
$11.90
Ruby color. Aromas and flavors of clay, craisin, and crayon with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, brisk finish that shows shades of olive, herbs, and nuts with crunchy tannins and light oak flavor. A dry, rustic merlot for the table.
84 points $11.90
Echeverria 2014 Gran Reserva Syrah
83 points
$12.90
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 flavor. A simple, easy syrah quaffer.
83 points $12.90
PKNT 2014 Reserve Merlot
80 points
$9.99
Dark garnet color. Sulfurous aromas of matchstick, smoked nuts, and grilled peppers with a supple, watery body and a tingling, odd, sparse cranberry-tomato relish, okra, and cedar bark finish with hard, barky tannins and heavy oak flavor. A firm smoky, oak merlot for the table.
80 points $9.99
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