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March 2017 - Chile & South America

March 2017 - Chile & South America
This month's Wine feature is Chilean & South American Wines

Chile & South America Reviews

Tres Palacios 2016 Estate Grown and Bottled Cabernet Franc
92 points
Best Buy
Medium steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of pickled cherries and melon, exotic tropical citrus, and grapefruit and gooseberries with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, appealing, long finish with overtones of honeyed strawberries and watermelon, orange and kiwi, and minerals with well-integrated, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A vibrant rose bursting with flavor.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Groupie 2014 Mixed Breed Red Aconcagua Valley
90 points
Best Buy
Dusty ruby color. Herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of passionfruit-huckleberry relish, pickled citrus peels, and eucalyptus honey with a silky, vibrant, fruity medium body and an appealing, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of cherry cola, caramelized pineapples, and pecan tart with silky tannins and light oak flavor. A very uniquely spicy and flavor-packed red blend that will be great with tropical dishes.
90 points $9 Best Buy
In Situ 2014 Signature Wines Cabernet Sauvignon - Sangiovese
90 points
Best Buy
Ruby color. Spicy, herbal aromas and flavors of candied citrus and lavender, ripe blueberries, and menthol-mint with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long finish conveying elements of craisin and goji berry, pickled beet relish, cedar, and cocoa-dusted nuts with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A stylish, palate stimulating red blend that will shine at the table.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Tres Palacios 2014 Cholqui Red Blend Maipo Valley
90 points
Ruby black color. Spicy, toasty aromas and flavors of smoked pickle, dark berry pie crust, cedar planks, and cocoa with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long finish manifesting accents of roasted nuts, charcoal dust, and grilled apricot with fine, dusty tannins and light oak flavor. A very savory, smoky, red blend that will excel with grilled meats.
In Situ 2015 Reserva Carmenere
86 points
Best Buy
Nearly opaque dusty garnet color. Smoky, roasted aromas and flavors of dark roasted nuts and coffee, blackened cherries and carrots, and chocolate fondue with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, refreshing, medium-length finish imparting elements of chocolate cherries and apples and smoked nuts with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A very toasty red to pair with grilled meats; serve with a slight chill.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Tres Palacios 2014 Family Vintage Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
Garnet black color. Spicy, woody aromas and flavors of toasty oak, olives and green pepper, and crusty berry tart with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish displaying notes of spiced apple and nuts and vanilla mint cream with dusty, woody tannins and heavy oak flavor. A solid, savory, oaky everyday cabernet.
Viña San Esteban 2016 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
Bright straw green color. Aromas and flavors of doused match, roasted peppers and potatoes, and lemon beurre blanc with a soft, bright, dryish light body and a smooth, brisk finish with elements of lemon ice, melon and apple rind, and nutskin with no oak flavor. A light quaffer.
In Situ 2014 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
Medium dusty ruby color. Funky, herbal aromas and flavors of hot pickle relish, carob, dried berries and tomatoes, and grilled peppers with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a perplexing, brisk finish with impressions of chocolate cherries, olives, dusty cedar, and top soil with soft, dusty tannins. An unusually spicy and savory red.
In Situ 2014 Reserva Pinot Noir
81 points
Bright garnet color. Aromas and flavors of ground cherries, tree bark, rhubarb, and embers and canvas with an bright, dry full body and a captivating, short finish with earthy, cottony, barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.