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Reviews for 2020

July 2020 - South America

July 2020 - South America
This month's Wine feature is South American Wines

South America Reviews

Medal Royal 2018 Late Harvest with Natural Botrytis Muscat
94 points
$17
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honey, caramel, rum-soaked apricot, candied pineapple, and suede with a round, tangy, very sweet medium-to-full body and a subtle, long finish imparting shades of honey-roasted macadamia nuts, brown butter, allspice, and salted pecans. A divine, Sauternes-esque Late Harvest wine that delights the senses.
94 points $17 Best Buy
Alamos 2016 Selección Malbec
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of stewed raspberry and blackberries, flaked dark chocolate, prociutto, ginger, nutmeg, and sweet tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, distinctive, medium-long finish that presents touches of ripe plum, black toast, and hazelnut spread with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A layered, complex Malbec with serious body and depth; great for upscale grilled fare.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Quasar 2018 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Dark dusty garnet color. Complex aromas and flavors of pimiento jelly on toast, leather, black pepper, and plum chutney with a velvety, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, nuanced, long finish that shows suggestions of spiced pine nuts, pumpkin cake, spiced honey, and toffee with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A velvety, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon with endless complexities to discover; serious and laudable.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Echeverria 2015 Founders Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$50
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of ripe plum, sun dried tomato, cranberry chutney, and hints of mango with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, intricate, long finish with notes of mocha latte, chai spices, and hints of caramel with silky, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A seamlessly integrated Cabernet with great balance that shows off Maipo Valley wines.
Quasar 2016 Perfecto Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$50
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of black cassis pie, boysenberry jam, balsamic reduction, rose petal, and charred toast with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-long finish with well-integrated, medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A complex, highly pairable wine that offers rich black fruit and a sophisticated edge.
Nattitude 2018 Red Blend
90 points
$12
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas of mulberry, horse blanket, honey-roasted nuts and seeds, mint, and leather with a round, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long balsamic-drizzled figs, white pepper, braised squash, and licorice finish with moderate oak flavor. An earthy, old-world styled Bordeaux Varietal Blend from Chile that will pair quite nicely with French fare.
90 points $12 Best Buy
Alamos 2018  Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$13
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of cassis pie, dried herbs, suede, and pecans with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length finish with notes of chocolate toffee, hazelnut, acaí, and allspice with chewy tannins and heavy oak flavor. A full-bodied, stylish Cabernet; delicious and highly pairable.
90 points $13 Best Buy
Isabela 2019  Malbec
90 points
$16
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, cinnamon, olives, cumin, sage, and almond pastry with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, medium-long finish evoking suggestions of dark chocolate, fine expresso, creme fraiche, and caramelized onion with firm tannins. A fine Malbec that offer luxurious flavors and texture; pair with an equally excellent meal.
90 points $16 Best Buy
Echeverria 2018 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$19
Dark dusty garnet color. Aromas of char-grilled nuts and roasted plums and carrots with a round, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long polished leather, black cassis, paprika, and marinated and grilled veggies finish with well-integrated, silky tannins and heavy oak flavor. An earthy, dusty Cabernet with a sultry, elegant finish.
Echeverria 2016 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$29
Dusty garnet black color. Interesting aromas and flavors of mint-chocolate, spiced dark-roasted nuts, blistered berries, and cranberry relish with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. An interesting, earthy Cabernet with a dynamic range of flavors that will pair with a variety of meals.
Echeverria 2019 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas of smoked jerky, chocolate, roasted berries, and cedar with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, engaging, medium-long chocolate Craisins, tomato and herb compote on grilled toast, dark roasted nuts, and white ash finish with fine, dusty tannins and moderate oak flavor. An attractively smoky and savory Carmenere that will complement grilled fare.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Bela 2017  Cabernet Sauvignon
89 points
$22
Violet color. Fresh aromas and flavors of ripe tropical fruit, roasted bell pepper, sweet pea blossom, and black cherry with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with light oak flavor. A fresh, youthful Cabernet for weeknight meals.
Casillero del Diablo 2018 Reserva Carmenere Central Valley
88 points
$12
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Inviting aromas of sliced jalapeños, honey, ripe blackberries, juicy plum, and black peppercorn with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a seamless, medium-length raspberry, dried fig, and hints of chocolate finish with medium tannins and moderate oak flavor. A lip-smacking Chilean Carmenere with a nice balance of fruity and green pepper notes.
88 points $12 Best Buy
Alamos 2018 Selección Malbec
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of crushed blackberries, pastry crust, milk chocolate, and pine with a satiny, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, medium-length finish with accents of rhubarb, charcoal and lime curd with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A richly fruity, balanced Malbec with great crowd appeal.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Alamos 2018 Red Blend Mendoza
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of pencil shavings, plum preserves, black tea, and sassafras with a slightly chewy, crisp, medium body and a smooth, fast finish manifesting accents of baking spices with moderate oak flavor. A bold and chewy Red best served with beef.
88 points $13 Best Buy
Echeverria 2019 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Garnet color. Smoky aromas of cinnamon chocolate, black toast, and grilled greens with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium body and a tingling, medium-length cassis and grilled green pepper finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bright, food-friendly wine for the table.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Quasar 2019 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$15
Best Buy
Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of blistered cassis, black toast, leather, and mint tea with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a graceful, relaxed finish displaying notes of salt and pepper and tangerine peel with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, earthy Cabernet for casual pairings; try with beef.
88 points $15 Best Buy
Echeverria 2019 Gran Reserva Syrah
88 points
$19
Black violet color. Aromas of blackberry jam, raisins, plum preserves, earth, black pepper, and mint with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, appealing, medium-length black pepper, lemon zest, and hints of sandalwood finish with moderate oak flavor. Jammy, inviting aromas are followed by spicy, food-friendly flavors in this made-for-the-table Syrah.
Quasar 2017 Limited Edition Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$28
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of plump forest berries, red apple, sassafras, milk chocolate, and black tea with a silky, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, intriguing, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. Palate-pleasing oak and silky texture combines in this light-on-its-feet Cabernet.
Quasar 2019 Limited Edition Syrah
88 points
$28
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of medjool dates, pomegranate syrup, black toast, carob, and earthy mushrooms with a round, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a silky, interesting, medium-length finish. A rich and bold Syrah with chewy tannins.
Trivento 2018 Amado Sur Red Blend Malbec
87 points
$18
Black violet color. Aromas of damson plum, purple flowers, cedar, and ginger with a tannic, crisp, dryish medium-full body and a warming, medium orange marmalade, plum jam, toast, and cacao nib finish with grippy, firm tannins and light oak flavor. A rich, inky red with firm tannins; pair with weeknight steak or try cellaring.
Nattitude 2019  Chardonnay
86 points
$12
Best Buy
Yellow straw color. Aromas and flavors of flint, apple butter, and banana with a satiny, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery finish evoking notes of toasted almonds and hints of banana with no oak flavor. A simple and lean Chardonnay quaffer for a crowd.
86 points $12 Best Buy
Franzia NV  Sauvignon Blanc
86 points
$16.99
Yellow straw color. Fruity, grassy aromas and flavors of passion fruit, fresh bell pepper, pineapple, green gooseberry, and sweet pea blossom with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of peach preserves. A bold and palate-pleasing Sauvignon Blanc with fresh, balanced flavors.
86 points $16.99
Echeverria 2020 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$15
Straw green color. Vegetal aromas of green beans, sauerkraut, lime spritz, and sliced green pepper with a petillant, dry light body and a smooth, quick lemon balm finish with no oak flavor. A savory, food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc with sprightly acidity.
Isabela 2019  Cabernet Franc
84 points
$16
Black garnet color. Aromas of dates, dried cherries, and cola with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length espresso and plum finish. A chewy, BBQ-friendly wine with notes of dark dried fruits.
Isabela 2019  Pinot Noir
84 points
$16
Dusty ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry cola, chocolate gelato, pine, and foraged mushrooms with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry light body and a breezy finish with notes of underripe cranberry. A firm, lean and slatey Pinot Noir for the table.
Franzia NV Bold & Jammy Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$16.99
Garnet black color. Jammy aromas of fruit roll-up, raspberry gummies, graphite, and berry-scented cigarillo with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, buoyant pencil shavings, spice rub, and chocolate chip cookie finish with moderate oak flavor. A solid Cabernet that will be a real crowd pleaser.
84 points $16.99
Juli 2017 Proprietary Red Blend Colchagua Valley
84 points
$22
Black garnet color. Phenolic aromas and flavors of dried leaves, underripe berries, roasted sweet potato, burnt sugar, and cola with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a sleek, medium-length finish that exhibits impressions of cranberry. A high-acid Red to compliment a meat and cheese plate.
Echeverria 2020 Unwooded Reserva Chardonnay
83 points
$15
Straw color. Aromas of toasted marshmallow, apple compote, caramel, and banana with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a polished, brisk buttered toast finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking Chardonnay quaffer.
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