Full Review

La Playa

La Playa
2016 Estate Series Red Blend, Certified Sustainable, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Lamb Pasta

Category: Other Chilean Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .4%
Certified Sustainable
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$8
Best Buy
Cellar Selection

La Playa
2016 Estate Series Red Blend, Certified Sustainable, Colchagua Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Chicken Lamb Pasta

Category: Other Chilean Red

Date Tasted:
Country: Chile
Alcohol: 13.5% RS: .4%
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of crispy bacon, smoked nuts, dried berries, and gherkin with a satiny, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a polished, elegant, long finish with notes of pencil shavings, berry tart, marinated beets and sweet potatoes, and minerals with fine tannins and light oak flavor. A superbly balanced,savory, and sophisticated Chilean red for all occasions.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: crispy bacon, smoked nuts, dried berries, and gherkin
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of pencil shavings, berry tart, marinated beets and sweet potatoes, and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Braised Argentine Steaks, Shish-Kabob, Lasagna
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A superbly balanced,savory, and sophisticated Chilean red for all occasions.

The Importer

Cabernet Corporation

The Importer
285-K Bel Marin Keys Blvd
Novato, CA 94949
USA
1 415-884-9000

Their Portfolio

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86 Belasco de Baquedano 2017 ROSA Rosé, Malbec, Mendoza 13.5% (Argentina) $14.00.
91 Berton Vineyards 2018 Metal Label, Sauvignon Blanc, Limestone Coast 12.8% (Australia) $14.00.
85 Berton Vineyards 2018 Metal Label, Chardonnay, Limestone Coast 13.5% (Australia) $14.00.
BR Berton Vineyards 2018 Metal Label Moscato Frizzante, Australia 7% (Australia) $14.00. - Bronze Medal
91 Berton Vineyards 2017 Metal Label, Cabernet Sauvignon, Limestone Coast 13.9% (Australia) $14.00.
95 Berton Vineyards 2017 Metal Label Black, Shiraz, Limestone Coast 13.9% (Australia) $14.00.
92 Berton Vineyards 2017 Metal Label, Petite Sirah, Australia 14% (Australia) $14.00.
87 Don Rodolfo 2017 DR Art of the Andes, Malbec, Mendoza 13% (Argentina) $12.00.
88 Don Rodolfo 2017 DR Art of the Andes, Pinot Noir, Mendoza 12.7% (Argentina) $12.00.
BR Don Rodolfo 2019 Art of the Andes, Mendoza 12% (Argentina) $11.99. - Bronze Medal
86 Don Rodolfo 2019 Art of the Andes, Pinot Grigio, Mendoza 12.5% (Argentina) $11.99.
87 Don Rodolfo 2019 Art of the Andes, Torrontes, Mendoza 13% (Argentina) $11.99.
90 La Playa 2017 Estate Series, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 12.5% (Chile) $8.00.
89 La Playa 2017 Un-Oaked Estate Series , Chardonnay, Colchagua Valley 13% (Chile) $8.00.
88 La Playa 2017 Estate Series Dry Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley 12.5% (Chile) $8.00.
92 La Playa 2016 Estate Series Red Blend, Certified Sustainable, Colchagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $8.00.
86 La Playa 2018 Estate Series Dry Rosé, Colchagua Valley 12.5% (Chile) $8.00.
86 La Playa 2018 Estate Series, Sauvignon Blanc, Colchagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $8.00.
86 La Playa 2017 Estate Series, Merlot, Colchagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $8.00.
BR La Playa 2017 Estate, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley 13% (Chile) $8.00. - Bronze Medal
88 La Playa 2019 Estate Series, Sauvignon Blanc, Curico Valley 13% (Chile) $8.99.
86 La Playa 2019 Estate Series Dry Rosé , Colchagua Valley 12.5% (Chile) $8.99.
86 La Playa 2019 Estate Series Viognier - Chardonnay, Colchagua Valley 14% (Chile) $8.99.
BR La Playa 2019 Un-Oaked, Chardonnay, Colchagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $8.99. - Bronze Medal
85 La Playa 2018 Estate Series, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley 13% (Chile) $.00.
89 Paxton 2017 AAA, Shiraz-Grenache, McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $20.00.
85 Paxton 2017 MV, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 13.5% (Australia) $20.00.
88 Paxton 2017 Graciano, McLaren Vale 13% (Australia) $24.00.
88 Paxton 2018 NOW, Shiraz, McLaren Vale 14% (Australia) $20.00.
92 Paxton 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale 14% (Australia) $20.00.
86 Tinga 2015 Rio Reserve by La Playa, Merlot, Colchagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
90 Tinga 2015 Rio Reserve by La Playa Claret Red Blend, Colchagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
90 Tinga 2014 Rio Reserve by La Playa, Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
86 Tinga 2017 Rio Reserve, Sauvignon Blanc, Colchagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $12.00.
BR Vino de Eyzaguirre 2016 Syrah, Colchagua Valley 13.5% (Chile) $10.00. - Bronze Medal
89 Vino de Eyzaguirre 2016 Merlot, Colchagua Valley 13% (Chile) $10.00.

Other Chilean Red

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Chile is home to many notable red wines beside Carmenère. Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are planted in large numbers in many of the country's regions. Maipo Valley is the leading region for these wines, especially in terms of quality, which is often world-class. These grapes are also grown in Chile's warm Central Valley, which produces inexpensive wines of very good character.

Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Pinot Noir are also excellent Chilean reds. Syrah has adapted well to both cool (San Antonio and Casablanca Valleys) and warm regions (Colchagua Valley) in the country, while Pinot Noirs from Leyda and San Antonio Valleys near the Pacific Ocean display great complexity.