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

La Playa 2021 Estate Series Viognier
90 points
$9
Best Buy
Golden straw color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of apricot chutney, peony and bee pollen, and tangerine with a supple, tangy, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, long finish conveying accents of peach and clementine, almond skin, and yellow apple with no oak flavor. A very fruity and mouthwatering viognier that is sure to please.
90 points $9 Best Buy
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
Contempo 2021  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas of green bell pepper, tomato vine and grapefruit rind with a medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long gooseberries, eucalyptus, and shisito finish. A savory veg heavy Sauvignon Blanc that would pair with goat cheese and a salad.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Black Box 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$19.98
Yellow straw color. Aromas of grapefruit and green pear with a supple, medium-to-full body and a medium-to-long meyer lemon, kiwi mango relish, and chalk finish. A pleasantly crisp and refreshing sauvignon for sipping and seafood.
88 points $19.98
La Playa 2021 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc
88 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of melon and pineapple rind, meyer lemon, cut grass, and tarragon and cactus with a soft, bright, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long finish revealing impressions of kiwi and honeyed pomelo with fine, fruit tannins and no oak flavor. A tasty and easy drinking sauvignon blanc that is sure to please.
88 points $13 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