September 2017 - Chile & South America

This month's Wine feature is Chilean & South American Wines
Chile & South America Reviews
220680
Paskua Land
2014 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of charred green pepper, star anise, balsamic reduction, and fig paste with a slightly chewy, lively, dryish medium-full body and a medium-length chocolate covered espresso bean, fresh mint, rosemary, and black pepper and smoked vanilla finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and light oak. A juicy wine that begs another sip.
94 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221002
In Situ
2016 Riverside White Blend Aconcagua Valley
Yellow color. Fruity, umami aromas and flavors of green apple, lemon-lime, pear, and vanilla with a soft, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish with a suggestion of oak. A full-bodied white food wine with excellent structure.
94 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220950
Sierras de Bellavista
2015 Single Vineyard Merlot
Dusty garnet black color. Mature aromas of rose scented black tea, forest floor, soy-ginger glazed Chinese sausage, and white pepper and ripe red watermelon with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long cherry and dried chipotle pepper, anise and blood orange, raspberry jam filled dark chocolate, and sautéed mushrooms finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. This Bordeaux inspired red from Chile will be a knockout at a dinner party.
93 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221001
In Situ
2015 Spaghetti Red Blend Aconcagua Valley
Dusty garnet black color. Herbal aromas of lavender, rosemary, menthol, and sour cherry with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length cherry mostarda, toast points, savory basil, and chocolate orange and vanilla creme Anglaise finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. An elegant and mature red for great meals.
93 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220907
Balduzzi
2014 Estate Bottled Gran Reserve Maule Valley
Black violet color. Aromas of prune, speck, blackberry preserve, and chopped green onion with a chewy, lively, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long smoked duck pate, rosemary and black olive, mocha, and fine leather and tobacco finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. A rich and long-lasting Cabernet for any steak.
93 points $18.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220909
Balduzzi
2015 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Fruity, spicy aromas and flavors of mixed berry tart, menthol mint, chocolate, and sandalwood and jerky with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, long blueberries, delicate spices, and nuts finish with fine tannins and moderate oak. A vibrant spicy, fruit-driven cabernet that delivers boat loads of pleasure.
92 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220806
Quasar
2015 Limited Edition Syrah
Violet color. Fruity aromas and flavors of dried berries, vanilla yogurt with raisins, melted praline, and delicate spice with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, complex, long chocolate mint wafer cookie, cedar, and pink pepper finish with crunchy, dusty, coating tannins and moderate oak. A fun, flavorful Syrah with great acidity and spice and an almost Amarone-like style.
92 points $19.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220734
Car Men Air
2015 Carmenere
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of stewed blackberries, black cherry soda, mixed ground pepper, and duck fat with a round, lively, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, complex, medium-long smoked jerky, oregano, savory, and dark chocolate finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A dark and brooding Carmenère for steak dinners.
91 points $12.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220800
Quasar
2016 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Deep purple color. Spicy, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, blueberry cobbler, and menthol lozenge with a satiny, tangy, fruity full body and a smooth, interesting, long toffee, cedar, nutskin, and earth finish with moderate oak. A very tasty, spicy cabernet that is sure to please.
91 points $15 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220912
Puroandes
2014 Gran Reserva Maule Valley
Black ruby color. Mature aromas of black tea and thyme with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, captivating, medium-length tar, panneton, dark chocolate covered red cassis, and mint finish with firm, grippy tannins and moderate oak. This is for someone who loves a little terroir in their wine; and a right turn from the everyday Cab.
91 points $17.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220812
Sanhattan
2015 City Flame Syrah
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of dried blueberries, chocolate creme brulee, and spiced jerky with a satiny, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, amusing, medium-long craisin, cedar, and minty earth finish with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A lovely spicy Syrah with great savoriness for table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220681
Paskua Land
2015 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Spicy, herbal, fruity aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, menthol mint, and vanilla toffee with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, appealing, medium-long spiced apple, chocolate mousse, and nuts finish with well-integrated, fine tannins and moderate oak. A nice jazzy cabernet with a fruity spicy backbone.
90 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220739
Chilensis
2015 Estate Bottled Reserva Carmenere
Deep purple color. Smoky aromas of bacon, cinnamon pancake, blueberry compote, and cafe latte with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long blistered Serrano pepper, peach skin, shallot, and white miso finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins. A rich and elegant Carmenère for steaks.
90 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220797
Echeverria
2016 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty ruby color. Smoky, roasted aromas and flavors of char-roasted nut, chocolate covered berries, and latte with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long cedar, roasted green pepper, chestnut honey, and dusty earth finish with well-integrated, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A juicy, chewy, lightly smoky cabernet pleaser.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220804
Quasar
2015 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, ginger bread, grilled berries, and cedar plank with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, charming, medium-long craisins, gooseberry jam, and vanilla nuts finish with fine, chewy tannins and light oak. A supple, nicely meshed cabernet with appealing nuances.
90 points $17 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220810
Quasar
2012 Perfecto Carmenere
Dark dusty ruby color. Sweet aromas of cherry, plum, raspberry, and granite with a lightly tannic, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long raspberry, creamed cherry, rose hip, and plum finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A seamlessly integrated Carmenère.
90 points $29.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220814
Sanhattan
2016 City Lights Reserva Merlot
Dark dusty ruby color. Attractive aromas of currant, plum, vanilla cassis, and sweet tar with a slightly chewy, bright, bone-dry medium body and a warming, delightful, long cherry, espresso, blueberry, and herbs finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A dense, yet nuanced Merlot that can hold its own across the board.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221003
In Situ
2015 Hill Side Red Blend Aconcagua Valley
Medium garnet black color. Peppery aromas and flavors of lavender, pink peppercorn, menthol, and ginseng with a round, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length cherry cola, iron-rich soil, red cassis, and ripe red watermelon finish with chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak. An herbs-de-provence-esque red to delight your dinner guests.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220798
Echeverria
2015 Reserva Carmenere
Dark ruby black color. Aromas of dusted raspberry, chocolate plum, rose, and granite with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, amusing, long raspberry, cherry, green bell pepper, and rose finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A fine representation of Carmenère from Curico Valley.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220951
Sierras de Bellavista
2014 El Estero Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Black garnet color. Aromas of figs, cherry cola, and cigar box with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-length leather, balsamic, black pepper coated bacon, and almond gelato finish with crunchy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. A balanced and fully satisfying Cab chock full of fruit, nuts, and savoriness.
89 points $15.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220803
Echeverria
2015 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Violet color. Savory, meaty aromas and flavors of smoked nuts and licorice, bbq woods, berry pie crust, and caramelized bacon with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-length craisins, cocoa, roasted peppers, and earth finish with dusty, crunchy, firm tannins and moderate oak. A nice dusty, oaky cabernet that will shine at the table and improve with time.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220913
Puroandes
2013 Estate Bottled Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere
Black ruby color. Aromas of cherry gelato, ume plum, dark chocolate, and soy with a slightly chewy, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length root beer and roasted peanut finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A fruit-forward, chewy cabernet with aging potential.
89 points $34.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220793
Quasar
2016 Carmenere
Dusty garnet color. Vegetal, smoky aromas and flavors of barbecue pork, charred green pepper, and blackberry soda with a satiny, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a seamless, crisp tar, dried rose petal, pickled hot pepper, and spiced nuts finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A unmistakable Carmenère for summer barbecues.
88 points $8.90 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220682
Paskua Land
2015 Grand Reserve Carmenere
Black ruby color. Smoky aromas of freshly baked cinnamon rolls, charred sweet bread crusts, and camphor with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, amusing, breezy iron-rich soil, ripe black cassis, chocolate drizzled grilled plum, and charred poblano pepper with pumpkin seeds finish with medium, crunchy tannins and a suggestion of oak. A dry Carmenère with balanced earthiness and a juicy center.
88 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220736
Chilensis
2016 Estate Bottled Reserva Pinot Noir
Bright light garnet color. Aromas of grilled cherries, charred toast, cassis preserve, and jasmine tea with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk marasca cherry and volcanic soil finish with coating, fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A light-hearted Pinot Noir with smoky intrigue.
88 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220910
Balduzzi
2015 Reserva Carmenere
Ruby black color. Peppery aromas of sugared berries, smoked chocolate genache, pepper melange, and bay leaf with a round, crisp, fruity medium-full body and a medium-length vanilla yogurt, wild berry cobbler, fajita veggies, and watermelon and pickled carrot finish with medium, chewy tannins and moderate oak. A chewy and savory wine for rustic dinners.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220799
Echeverria
2015 Propuesta Red Blend Maipo Valley
Dusty garnet black color. Savory aromas of well-caramelized steak, grilled veggies and roasted beets, Chinese plum sauce, and white pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a smooth, intriguing, breezy apple sauce, mixed berry compote, oregano, and thyme finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A well-made chewy, savory steak wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220802
Echeverria
2014 Gran Reserva Merlot
Dark brown brick red color. Jammy aromas and flavors of dense raspberry, black cherry, red licorice, and tar with a tannic, lively, bone-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, medium-length finish with dusty tannins and moderate oak. A tangy and juicy Merlot; pair with roasted tomatoes and linguini.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220805
Quasar
2015 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Dark ruby black color. Minerally aromas of wet stone, raspberry, graphite, and green peppercorn with a lightly tannic, lively, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-long raspberry, graphite, plum, and peppercorn finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A rock solid Chilean Carmenère!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220908
Balduzzi
2014 Gran Reserve Maule Valley
Dark violet color. Alliaceous, mature, smoky aromas of smoked meats and roasted vegetables with garlic with a coarse, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, intriguing, medium-long tar, dried rose, and blackberry preserve finish with harsh tannins and heavy oak. A decadent wine for steaks.
88 points $18.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220919
Black Box
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Bright yellow straw color. Floral, herbal aromas of gooseberry, white peach, and citrus with a round, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, interesting, brisk green apple, fresh lime zest, wet grass, and white peach finish with no oak. A crisp, ripe Sauvignon Blanc perfect for any summer occasion.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220813
Sanhattan
2016 City Lights Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Roasted aromas and flavors of maple fudge, roasted nuts and peppers, and dried berries with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a silky, medium-length cedar mulch, minerals, and box of raisins finish with dusty, leafy tannins and heavy oak. A dry, oaky cabernet for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220949
Sierras de Bellavista
2015 Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Meaty aromas and flavors of seared back bacon, toasty berry tart, and alpine herbs and mint with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length chocolate toffee, nutskin, and cedar finish with soft tannins and light oak. A nice minty, spicy cabernet.
87 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220741
Oveja Negra
2015 Estate Bottled Reserva Cabernet Franc-Carmenere
Dark black ruby color. Smoky aromas of charred green pepper, stewed blackberry, white pepper, and white cabbage with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, interesting, breezy roasted agave, fondant, marzipan, and oregano and clove finish with medium, chewy tannins and light oak. A juicy yet savory Chilean red for weeknight meals.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220795
Echeverria
2017 Reserva Chardonnay
Bright emerald straw color. Baked, buttery, citrusy, clean, creamy aromas and flavors of fresh lemon, baked apple, creamy butter, and parmesan with a soft, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and light oak. A fresh fruit-forward style of Chardonnay with subtle oak influence.
87 points $12 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220808
Echeverria
2013 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Black ruby color. Rustic aromas of suede, smoked meats, and roasted nuts with a slightly chewy, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, relaxed crushed ripe cherries, root beer, marzipan, and dark chocolate chunk finish with earthy, coating tannins and moderate oak. An approachable, juicy cab.
87 points $29.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220815
Casa Sol
2014 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Earthy, mature aromas of cherry cola and mushrooms, freshly tanned leather, allspice, and plum with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long dried dark fruits, barbecue, tamarind, and almond extract finish with earthy, dusty, medium tannins and moderate oak. A robust, smoky, earthy cab that lends itself to autumn dinners.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220684
PKNT
2016 Reserve Carmenere
Dark ruby black color. Green aromas of green peppercorn, sour cherry, salted raspberry, and granite with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry medium body and a warming, medium-length bell pepper, wet stone, bitter kale, and raspberry finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A mineral laden Carmenère that captures the essence of Central Valley.
86 points $9.99 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220737
Chilensis
2015 Estate Bottled Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Earthy aromas of freshly turned earth, grilled and blistered grapes, cassis, and tomato leaf with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length bright cherry and pencil shavings finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A fruit-forward yet earthy Cabernet.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220738
Chilensis
2016 Estate Bottled Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Pale golden straw color. Herbal, clean aromas of grass clipping, dried guava, passion fruit, and bright citrus with a lean, tangy, dry light body and a tingling, scant tangy lemon, lime, tropical citrus, and fresh cut grass finish with no oak. A crisp, terroir driven Chilean Sauvignon Blanc with a clean citrus profile.
86 points $10 Best Buy
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220809
Quasar
2012 Perfecto Cabernet Sauvignon
Garnet black color. Aromas of dusty road, dried peppers, eucalyptus, and cherry mostarda with a slightly chewy, medium body and a warming, medium-length root beer, licorice, lemongrass and orange sherbet, and dried cherry granola finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. This is a tasty, balanced Cabernet with a pleasantly dry finish that would be a great bottle to grab to take to an Argentine BYOB.
86 points $29.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220948
Sierras de Bellavista
2015 Coastal Range Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty garnet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of charred nuts and cedar, roasted berries, grilled peppers, and olives with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy craisins and vanilla cream finish with silky, soft tannins and light oak. A nice smoky cabernet for grilled meats.
85 points $6.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220740
Oveja Negra
2016 Estate Bottled Reserva Sauvignon Blanc-Carmenere
Bright color. Fruity, fresh, floral aromas and flavors of peach, green apple, lemon, and pineapple with a soft, crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, breezy finish. A refreshing, lemony picnic wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220794
Echeverria
2017 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
Light golden straw color. Sulfurous aromas of sulfur, match stick, and fuzzy peach with a lean, flat, dry light body and a tingling, short nectarine and citrus pith finish with no oak. A tangy, clean and everyday pleasurable wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220796
Echeverria
2016 Reserva Merlot
Medium burnt sienna color. Green aromas of boysenberry, charcoal, rich raspberry, and currants with a tannic, bright, bone-dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length charcoal, licorice, dense fig, and currants finish with grippy tannins and moderate oak. A fleshy, charcoal driven Merlot; may show better with additional aging.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220811
Quasar
2014 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
Dusty black garnet color. Floral, fruity aromas and flavors of dried cassis, peaches and jasmine, and tea with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a smooth, buoyant embers finish with medium, dusty, earthy tannins and moderate oak. A shape-shifting wine that is both light and mysterious.
85 points $19.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220911
Balduzzi
2015 Reserva Merlot
Deep purple color. Aromas of cherry soda, damp earth, spearmint, and tomato leaf with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a polished, medium-length charcoal briquette, applewood smoke, blackberry, and sausage spices finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A richly textured and dry merlot for barbecues and roasts.
84 points $11.99
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220801
Echeverria
2015 Gran Reserva Carmenere
Dark garnet black color. Minerally aromas of green bell pepper, raspberry, plum, and granite with a tannic, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, long green peppercorn, black stone mineral, overripe plum, and raspberry finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A crunchy, earth-driven Carmenère.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220807
Quasar
2016 Limited Edition Pinot Noir
Bright brick red color. Aromas of mixed berry jam, stable floor, and yellow curry with a glycerous, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, medium-length bitter greens, cherry gastrique, charred brazil nut, and charred cinnamon finish with papery tannins and moderate oak. A rustic Pinot Noir for the hunter’s table.
84 points $19.90
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220918
Black Box
2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
Black ruby color. Aromas of vanilla bean milkshake, cola, and pipe tobacco with a round, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, breezy raspberry liqueur, vanilla creme, and sasparilla finish with silky tannins and moderate oak. A vanilla bomb; try pairing with dessert.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220816
Casa Sol
2016 Semi-Sweet Frizzante Moscato
Straw color. Floral, sweet aromas and flavors of orange blossom and lychee, marzipan, lemon bar, and yellow curry with a satiny, soft, spritzy, off-dry light body and an even, brisk orange sugar candies finish with soft tannins and no oak. A to-the-point sparkler for hot days.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
221000
Vendi
2015 Malbec
Medium color. Fruity, sweet aromas of strawberry, maraschino cherry, vanilla, and candied watermelon with a soft, flat, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, somewhat odd, fleeting , and simple syrup finish with soft tannins. A sweet, fruity Malbec for an easy drink on the balcony.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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