About Rosé Wine from Chile

About Rosé Wine 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

Rosé Wine

Contempo 2020 Dry Rosé Cachapoal Valley
87 points
$10
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis, bell pepper, and hint of bubblegum with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a graceful, quick finish with elements of underripe plum, strawberry jam, and lime. A gulpable Chilean Rosé best with hot days and summer fare.
87 points $10 Best Buy
La Playa 2019 Estate Series Dry Rosé Colchagua Valley
86 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Steely amber color. Aromas of strawberry sauce and candied cherries with a supple, bright, fruity light body and a smooth, brisk plum jam and dried fig finish with no oak flavor. A fruity quaffer for hot days.
86 points $8.99 Best Buy
Paso Grande 2019 Special Selection Rosé Central Valley
86 points
$7.99
Best Buy
Light siam color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate and raspberry with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, rapid finish with notes of vanilla yogurt with no oak flavor. A delicate Rosé with a vivid jewel-tone hue and a fruit-forward personality.
86 points $7.99 Best Buy
Contempo 2019 Rosé Cachapoal Valley
86 points
$10
Best Buy
Pale pink coral color. Fruity aromas and flavors of baked strawberry and cherry, creamy nougat, white peach, and moss with a silky, bright, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, breezy finish that shows notes of nuts with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A delightful rose with appealing fruit flavor and crisp finish.
86 points $10 Best Buy