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March 2018 - Chile & South America

March 2018 - Chile & South America
This month's Wine feature is Chilean & South American Wines

Chile & South America Reviews

Casas del Toqui 2016 Barrel Series Carmenere
93 points
$17.99
Best Buy
Dull garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of toasty blueberry handpie, grilled veggies, eucalyptus, and violet with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a silky, amusing, medium-length grilled watermelon and grenadine finish with medium, silky tannins and no oak. A silky Carmenère with a touch of sweetness; perfect for spicy fare.
93 points $17.99 Best Buy
Chono 2015 Single Vineyard Carmenere
92 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Medium burnt sienna color. Fresh, spicy aromas of blackberry cobbler, ripe purple plum, lavender, clove, and allspice with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, intricate, medium-long mesquite, grilled meats, roasted carrot, and anise finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak. A fantastic expression of Carmenère; mysterious, elegant, poised.
92 points $12.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2014 Gran Toqui Syrah
92 points
$24.99
Dark black violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of charred meats, stewed strawberry, blistered tomatoes, iodine, grilled berries, cumin, oregano, and fiddlehead fern with a satiny, vibrant, fruity full body and a peppery, complex, long sandalwood, lingonberry, genache, and black licorice finish with chewy tannins and moderate oak. A seamless, endlessly appetizing, intellectual syrah that is a perfect paring for Chimichurri.
92 points $24.99
Casas del Toqui 2013 Leyenda Red Cachapoal Valley
91 points
$80
Black garnet color. Aromas of pink peppercorn, sweet paprika, ripe blackberry, and toasty oak with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length pomegranate molasses and saffron finish with medium, chewy tannins and no oak. A fresh, balanced and effortlessly drinkable red blend with a nice sense of place.
Manos Andinas 2017 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
90 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Clear silvery straw color. Fruity, fresh aromas of gooseberry, ripe asian pear, sweet plantain, and elderflower with a satiny, vibrant, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long brook stone, aloe, and meyer lemon finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A poignant and delicious Sauvignon Blanc; drink with great friends.
90 points $14.99 Best Buy
Manos Andinas 2016 Reserva Pinot Noir
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Bright ruby color. Minty aromas and flavors of cherry lozenge, wintergreen, stable floor, and oolong tea with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length leather and tobacco finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A table-tuned Pinot Noir with a dose of grippy tannins.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2014 Gran Toqui Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$24.99
Dark black garnet color. Mature aromas and flavors of sautéed mushrooms, blueberry, elderflower, incense, and dewy grass with a satiny, lively, dryish full body and a warming, intricate, long smoked cassis and prosciutto finish with firm tannins and moderate oak. A mature and elegant Cabernet with a vibrant, complex character.
89 points $24.99
Casas del Toqui 2014 Codigo Red Blend Cachapoal Valley
89 points
$44.99
Black garnet color. Fruity aromas of grilled berries, kirsch, and Thai chile pepper with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-length nutella and toasted almonds finish with medium, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak. A complex red blend perfect for steaks.
89 points $44.99
Casas del Toqui 2017 Coastal Series Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Silvery straw color. Citrusy aromas of underripe gooseberry, lime cordial, white grapefruit, and fresh poblano with a satiny, lively, dryish light body and a warming, medium-length finish with fruit tannins and no oak. A mouthwatering, super-crisp sauvignon blanc for the dinner table or patio.
88 points $11.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2016 Barrel Series Pinot Noir
88 points
$17.99
Brilliant ruby garnet color. Toasty aromas of cranberry mostarda, smoky leather, cinnamon scone, India ink, and sautéed mushrooms with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long dried cherry, juicy blackberry, raspberry leaf, and dried orange peel finish with well-integrated tannins and light oak. A juicy and balanced pinot noir that will make an excellent dinner pairing.
88 points $17.99
Viña San Esteban 2017 Reserve Chardonnay
87 points
$11
Best Buy
Bright golden straw color. Creamy aromas of soufflé, baked apples, vanilla, and nutmeg with a satiny, bright, medium body and a warming, breezy baked peach, lemon shortbread, and pepper finish with coating tannins and moderate oak. A spicy and smooth chardonnay for easy pairings.
87 points $11 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2017 Single Estate Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Clear white gold color. Aromas of yellow and green apples, fondant, and fresh cut grass with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk white grapefruit and lime finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An easy-drinking Sauvignon Blanc for summertime refreshment.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2017 Single Estate Chardonnay
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of poached apple, lemon zest, and green pear with a soft, crisp, dryish light body and a graceful, quick straw finish with soft tannins and no oak. A clean and crisp unoaked chardonnay.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2017 Single Estate Carmenere
87 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas of charred green pepper, boysenberry, and wood chips with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-long pomegranate, root beer, roasted cashew, and cocoa nibs finish with woody tannins and moderate oak. A full-bodied, spot-on Carmenère with a juicy appeal.
87 points $11.99 Best Buy
Chono 2015 Single Vineyard Syrah
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dark black ruby color. Earthy aromas of borscht, red raspberry, fresh dill, creme de violette, and black tea with a chewy, bright, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length golden beets, parsnip, fennel, and pomegranate aril finish with earthy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. An distinctive and earthy syrah for creative pairings.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Chono 2017 Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Pale silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of nectarine, wisteria, and struck match with a satiny, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk underripe mango, coriander, and jalapeño finish with soft, fruit tannins and no oak. A spicy, food-friendly wine for ceviche.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
Manos del Sur 2017 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Pale straw color. Fruity, tropical aromas of gooseberry, ripe kiwi, wheat grass, and fiddlehead fern with a silky, lively, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length bright lemon flesh, sea salt, white and green peppercorns, and gardenia finish with fine, fruit tannins and no oak. A attractive Sauvignon Blanc that offers classic flavor and style.
87 points $14.99 Best Buy
In Situ 2015 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$16
Dusty ruby color. Fruity aromas of cherry liqueur, cocoa powder, and pineapple relish with a silky, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy cherry pie, latex, toasty oak, and cola finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A juicy cab for effortless pairing.
Casas del Toqui 2015 Terroir Selection Peumo Gran Reserva Carmenere
87 points
$21.99
Violet color. Savory aromas of smoked bell peppers, coriander, and black pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy charcoal and black cherry finish with barky tannins and moderate oak. A solid Carmenère for Latin fare.
87 points $21.99
Casas del Toqui 2017 Single Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Bright violet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of stable floor, roasting mushrooms, green banana, autumn leaves, and ripe raspberry with a velvety, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, swift finish with dusty tannins and light oak. A solid everyday wine for weeknight meals.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Casas del Toqui 2016 Barrel Series Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$17.99
Dark ruby black color. Fruity aromas of ripe blackberry and caramelized carrots with a satiny, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium cracked peppercorn, raisin toast, and roasted almonds finish with medium tannins and moderate oak. A fruity, anytime cabernet.
86 points $17.99
Viña San Esteban 2017 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$11
Ruby color. Smoky aromas of pork rinds and bologna with a satiny, crisp, moderately sweet medium body and a smooth, brisk ketchup and fruit punch finish with soft tannins. A funky off-dry quaffer for adventure seekers.
90+ Cellars 2016  Cabernet Sauvignon-Carmenere
83 points
$11.99
Dark dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas of stewed tomatoes, cumin, potato skins, and black pepper with a supple, soft, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, fleeting plum compote, sun tea, and chocolate candies finish with medium tannins and a suggestion of oak. A nice red quaffer.
83 points $11.99
Manos del Sur 2016 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
81 points
$14.99
Opaque ruby black color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of stewed mustard greens, burning refuse, and overripe produce with a soft, light-to-medium body and a smooth, terse blackberry and cherry finish with earthy tannins and light oak. A wine for emergency sangria.
81 points $14.99
Casas del Toqui 2017 Coastal Mist Selection Sauvignon Blanc
80 points
$21.99
Clear silvery straw color. Vegetal aromas of marinated asparagus tips, shaved broccoli caesar salad, oyster shell, and pickled okra with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and a rapid pink grapefruit supremes and parsley finish with fruit tannins and no oak. An earthy and austere Sauvignon Blanc.
80 points $21.99
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