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

Winemode 2021 Reserve Rosé Casablanca Valley
88 points
$4
Best Buy
Steely pink color. Aromas and flavors of green strawberry, strawberry limeade, tomato stem, and cantaloupe and very green with a supple, dry medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long finish with notes of under ripe raspberry and strawberry, stemmy spices and herbs, and arugula. A lovely apéritif wine with grilled meats.
88 points $4 Best Buy
Contempo 2021  Dry Rose
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Pale orange salmon color. Aromas of orange zest, berry coulis, and strawberry cake with buttercream with a silky, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, medium-length raspberry, hints of green tea, ripe peach, and pimiento finish with no oak flavor. A cheerful, tropical rose that surely fits the bill.
87 points $9 Best Buy
La Playa 2021 Estate Series Rose Maule Valley
85 points
$9
Khaki orange color. Fruity aromas and flavors of strawberry jelly on buttered wheat toast, tamarind, and nut brittle with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and an even, compelling, medium-long finish displaying accents of watermelon granita, almond meal, and fresh herbs with no oak flavor. A very attractive and uncomplicated rose with pure and rather irresistible strawberry flavors.