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
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
Herbal, refreshing, and full of concentrated fruit flavor.
Mosqueteros 2020 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
92 points
$9
Best Buy
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
Bodegas Tagua Tagua 2020 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon
91 points
$11
Best Buy
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
A pleasing, concentrated cabernet that will certainly compliment steak.
91 points $14 Best Buy
Mosqueteros 2019 Gran Reserva Carmenere
90 points
$14
Best Buy
A sprightly red that brings savory interest and a lively finish.
Awards: 2021 Best Chilean Carmenere '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under'
90 points $14 Best Buy
Axel 2019 Red Blend Maule Valley
89 points
$17
A juicy, highly quaffable Chilean red with floral nuance and contemporary style.
Bodegas Tagua Tagua 2020 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$11
Best Buy
A smooth and herbal sipper to compliment grilled vegetables.
89 points $11 Best Buy
Casillero del Diablo 2019 Reserva Carmenere
89 points
$12
Best Buy
A smoky, spicy, fruity Carmenere for grilling and chilling.
89 points $12 Best Buy
Contempo 2021 Estate Grown Merlot
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Medium bodied and green, this would pair with steak fajitas or chimichurri.
88 points $9 Best Buy