March 2017 - Chile & South America

This month's Wine feature is Chilean & South American Wines
Chile & South America Reviews
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Tres Palacios
2016 Estate Grown and Bottled Cabernet Franc
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 honeyed strawberries and watermelon, orange and kiwi, and minerals finish with well-integrated, chewy, fruit tannins and no oak. A vibrant rose bursting with flavor.
92 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218895
Groupie
2014 Mixed Breed Red Aconcagua Valley
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 cherry cola, caramelized pineapples, and pecan tart finish with silky tannins and light oak. A very uniquely spicy and flavor-packed red blend that will be great with tropical dishes.
90 points $9 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218894
In Situ
2014 Signature Wines Cabernet Sauvignon - Sangiovese
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 craisin and goji berry, pickled beet relish, cedar, and cocoa-dusted nuts finish with fine, crunchy tannins and moderate oak. A stylish, palate stimulating red blend that will shine at the table.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218663
Tres Palacios
2014 Cholqui Red Blend Maipo Valley
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 roasted nuts, charcoal dust, and grilled apricot finish with fine, dusty tannins and light oak. A very savory, smoky, red blend that will excel with grilled meats.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218892
In Situ
2015 Reserva Carmenere
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 chocolate cherries and apples and smoked nuts finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A very toasty red to pair with grilled meats; serve with a slight chill.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218664
Tres Palacios
2014 Family Vintage Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
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 spiced apple and nuts and vanilla mint cream finish with dusty, woody tannins and heavy oak. A solid, savory, oaky everyday cabernet.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218896
Viña San Esteban
2016 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
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 lemon ice, melon and apple rind, and nutskin finish with no oak. A light quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218893
In Situ
2014 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
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 chocolate cherries, olives, dusty cedar, and top soil finish with soft, dusty tannins. An unusually spicy and savory red.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218891
In Situ
2014 Reserva Pinot Noir
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. A lower quality commercially acceptable example.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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