About White Wines from Chile

About White 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

White Wines

Contempo 2020  Chardonnay
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of sweet apple compote, ground cinnamon, and toasted croissant with a satiny, crisp, fruity light body and a polished, medium-length finish with notes of chicha morada and a suggestion of oak flavor. Big fruit flavors shine in this simple, effortless Chardonnay.
89 points $10 Best Buy
PKNT 2019 Private Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$9.99
Yellow straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of passion fruit, under-ripe pineapple, pickled yellow bell peppers, white tea, and flint with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, appealing, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A flavor-packed palate-pleaser with intense fruit and mouthwatering acidity.
89 points $9.99
Contempo 2019  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$10
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of passionfruit, pickled pineapple, and yuzu-banana custard with a satiny, lively, dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish that presents notes of ripe pear and arugula with no oak flavor. A dry and food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc with an exotic, enticing aromatics.
89 points $10 Best Buy
Cono Sur 2020 Bicicleta Reserva Chardonnay
88 points
$8
Best Buy
Golden yellow color. Aromas of stewed apples, baked pear, and ginger skin with a medium-to-full body and a tingling, breezy fresh butter, brine, salted butter, lime zest, white pepper, and brie finish with light oak flavor. A well-balanced Chardonnay; bright and with a nuanced richness that plays very well with food.
88 points $8 Best Buy
Siegel 2020 Special Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$17
Pale straw color. Fresh, vegetal aromas and flavors of garden-fresh green beans, white grapefruit vinaigrette, fresh cut grass, and green gooseberry with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-length finish that shows notes of herbed pine nuts, golden apples, and bell pepper-peach relish with no oak flavor. A fresh and savory Sauvignon Blanc that will play very well at the table.
Siegel 2020 Special Reserve Viognier
88 points
$17
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of peach gummies, tinned pears, hints of juniper, bay, and steamed rice with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and an even, medium-length finish evoking notes of dried apple with a suggestion of oak flavor. An easy-drinking Viognier for everyday indulging.
Archer Roose NV  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of wet grass, underripe peach, and diced green bell pepper with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length pineapple chutney and honey-roasted peppers finish with no oak flavor. Big green notes of Sauvignon Blanc jump from the glass in this expression that will charm fans of the varietal.
88 points $14 Best Buy
Contempo 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$10
Best Buy
Emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of pineapple, passion fruit, yellow bell pepper, and lychee jelly on toast with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, appealing, medium-length finish with notes of green apple and jicama. A juicy, fruit-forward Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of tropical flavor.
88 points $10 Best Buy
La Playa 2019 Estate Series Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$8.99
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of grapefruit cordial, green apple, sweet plantain, passionfruit, and green papaya with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-length finish with touches of snap pea with no oak flavor. A dry, juicy Sauvignon Blanc that will be very versatile.
88 points $8.99 Best Buy
Siegel 2019 Crucero Collection Sauvignon Blanc
87 points
$13
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of kiwi, lime, and hints of coconut with a supple, vibrant, dryish light body and a smooth, breezy finish evoking notes of underripe pineapple with no oak flavor. A juicy and somewhat tropical Sauvignon Blanc for warm-weather sipping.
87 points $13 Best Buy