About Chilean Wine

About Chilean Wine
Chile is today the 10th largest wine producing country in the world. Production is up slightly since 2010, but down a bit since 2012 and 2013. For years much of the wine was produced from the warm Central Valley, which corrected varietally correct, if unexciting whites and reds meant for retail stores.

While these wines still represent a large share of Chile's wine, the industry has made a necessary shift over the past ten years to producing more terroir-driven wines. Dozens of artisan producers in cool climates not far from the Pacific Ocean have planted varieties such as Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc in greater numbers. In fact, this last variety has produced outstanding results in the San Antonio and Leyda valleys and has been praised my many critics as among the world's finest.

The most recognized Chilean wines, in terms of prestige, are the Cabernet Sauvignons of Maipo Valley, just south and east o the capital city of Santiago, are remarkable New World reds with ripe black currant fruit, good acidity and round, soft tannins. Many of these wines are capable of aging for 15-20 years, while a select few compare favorably with their premium counterparts from Napa Valley in California. However, as Chile does not have as esteemed a reputation as California, the Chilean Cabernets are much more reasonable priced.

Given the ideal climatic conditions throughout Chile -ample sunshine along with moderating breezes form the ocean and Andes, it stand to reason that Chilean wines will only improve in the future

Top Picks for Chile

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
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
PKNT 2018 Private Reserve Estate Grown Carmenere
92 points
$9.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black peppercorns, plum pastry, sumac, hibiscus, and dried peppers with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, charming, medium-length finish displaying suggestions of char-roasted fruit with leafy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A smoky and savory red with table-tuned acidly; distinctive and delicious.
92 points $9.99 Best Buy
Denada 2018 Grand Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$14
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of black cassis, blueberry preserves, chocolate-covered raspberry, pencil shavings, and carob with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish with impressions of caper berries and baking spices with crunchy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A pleasing, concentrated Cabernet.
91 points $14 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
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.
Car Men Air 2018  Carmenere
90 points
$12.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas of chocolate, roasted figs and dates, fire-roasted mixed bell pepper, and peppercorns with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, charming, medium-long pickled blackberries and grilled bread finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A wide-appealing Carmenère with an alluring nose; great for steaks.
90 points $12.99 Best Buy