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March 2019 - Chile & South America

March 2019 - Chile & South America
This month's Wine feature is Chilean & South American Wines

Chile & South America Reviews

Manos del Sur 2018 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Yellow color. Aromas and flavors of sugar snap peas, gooseberry, and lanolin with a bright, dryish light body and a brisk finish with suggestions of tart apple, lime, and coconut water. A crisp Sauvignon Blanc in a dry, grassy style.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Manos del Sur 2017 Reserva Pinot Noir
89 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Ruby color. Aromas of cherry-beet relish, quince, and scorched earth with a crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length grilled berries, fire roasted mushrooms, and black toast finish. An earthy pinot noir with a dark roasted sensibility.
89 points $14.99 Best Buy
Tagua Tagua 2017 Gran Reserva Carmenere
87 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Dusty ruby black color. Fruity, alliaceous aromas of blueberry tart, espresso,thyme, grilled shallot, and dark chocolate with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a warming, easy cherry jam finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A palate-pleasing Carmenère with big fruit balanced by table-friendly herbal notes.
87 points $12.99 Best Buy
90+ Cellars 2018  Pinot Noir
86 points
$11.99
Best Buy
Ruby garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of grilled melon rinds, toast, pomegranate, smoked paprika, and earthy mushrooms with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an even, interesting, medium finish manifesting notes of sun dried tomato and saffron with a suggestion of oak flavor. A smoky, earthy pinot noir that will work well at the table.
86 points $11.99 Best Buy
Tagua Tagua 2017 Reserva Carmenere
85 points
$9.99
Dusty black violet color. Fruity aromas of crushed blackberry, freshly turned earth, sweet tea, and pimento with a silky, crisp, fruity light body and a graceful, buoyant peppercorns and grilled peppers and onions finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, fruit-forward Carmenère with that will be a good match to grilled fare.
85 points $9.99
Manos del Sur 2017 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$14.99
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of baked berries, black tea, charcoal, and mocha with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, carefree finish with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid weeknight cabernet with a smoky, earthy vibe.
85 points $14.99
Rayado 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$16.99
Bright black violet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of stewed cherry and plums, grilled meats, cola, and dark rye bread with a chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a sleek, brisk finish manifesting shades of charred nuts and grilled pepper and onions with dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smoky, toasty cab of darkness.
85 points $16.99
Tagua Tagua 2016 Family Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
85 points
$19.99
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chai spices, tobacco, green pepper, wood chips, and minestrone with a lightly tannic, bright, dryish light-to-medium body and a seamless, short finish with elements of old fashioned coffee with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A solid cab for homestyle fare.
85 points $19.99
Tagua Tagua 2017 Reserva Merlot
84 points
$9.99
Dusty deep purple color. Fruity aromas of fresh blackberry jam, apple butter, and baked tomato with a bright, light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk pencil shavings and milk chocolate finish with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. An anytime red that goes down easy.
84 points $9.99
Tagua Tagua 2017 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$9.99
Dusty violet color. Smoky aromas and flavors of grilled plum, freshly turned earth, and smoking wood with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, fleeting finish with accents of cassis with woody tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smoky, earthy cab that needs food.
83 points $9.99
Contempo 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
83 points
$10
Violet color. Aromas of berry jam, red apple, black pepper, and sun dried tomato with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, sparse cocoa powder finish with moderate oak flavor. A oaky table red in a crowd pleasing style.
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