About Red Wines from Chile

About Red Wines from Chile
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

Red Wines

Mosqueteros 2019 Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$14
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of cassis, pipe tobacco, and caraway with a velvety, vibrant, dry full body and a peppery, delightful, long finish with accents of cracked pepper and dried strawberry. Elegantly perfumed with green notes and velvety berry flavors make this an everyday delight.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Chilean Red
93 points $14 Best Buy
Mosqueteros 2018 Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$22
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of snap peas, charred rosemary, and grilled mushroom with a satiny, vibrant, dry medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, long finish with accents of pomegranate, blackberry, and black licorice with firm, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. Herbal, refreshing, and full of concentrated fruit flavor.
Mosqueteros 2020 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$9
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of charcoal, roasted red pepper, currant, and graphite with a velvety, racy, dry full body and a warming, appealing, long finish that exhibits accents of chive, blackberry, and black cherry gremolata with firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. Delightful aromatic intensity and tart red fruit make this perfect for pairings.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $10 and Under' Exceptional Value
92 points $9 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
Bodegas Tagua Tagua 2020 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of black plum, toasted pumpernickel, and dill with a supple, bright, dry full body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish manifesting suggestions of boysenberry jam and thyme with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A firmly structured and approachable Cabernet showing a sense of place with Chile’s trademark herbal nuance.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under'
91 points $11 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.
Mosqueteros 2019 Gran Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of new leather, dark cherry, india ink, and tomato paste with a satiny, tangy, dry medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with accents of tart raspberry and cinnamon with well-integrated tannins. A sprightly red that brings savory interest and a lively finish.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $14 Best Buy
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