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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
$10
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 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
Groupie 2014 Mixed Breed Red Aconcagua Valley
90 points
$9
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 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
In Situ 2014 Signature Wines Cabernet Sauvignon - Sangiovese
90 points
$12
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 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
Tres Palacios 2014 Cholqui Red Blend Maipo Valley
90 points
$40
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.
In Situ 2015 Reserva Carmenere
86 points
$12
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 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
Tres Palacios 2014 Family Vintage Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$18
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.
Viña San Esteban 2016 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$9
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.
In Situ 2014 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
82 points
$12
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.
In Situ 2014 Reserva Pinot Noir
81 points
$12
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.
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