February 2021 - South America

February 2021 - South America
This month's Wine feature is South American Wines

South America Reviews

Intipalka 2020  Malbec
92 points
$13
Best Buy
Dark violet color. Aromas and flavors of huckleberry, coconut, honey-mint-herb lozenge, and black tea with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of pine with moderate oak flavor. A juicy and distinctive Malbec that will appeal to novices and enthusiasts alike.
92 points $13 Best Buy
SonVida 2017  Malbec
92 points
$30
Black violet color. Elegant, earthy aromas of dark chocolate, grilled nuts, creme brulee, soil, vanilla, and violets with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long black cassis, plum jam, toffee, tobacco, and black tea with cream finish with heavy oak flavor. A heavily oaked, decadent Malbec with alluring complexity.
Chakana Estate 2020 Sobrenatural Organic Red Other Red
90 points
$24
Black violet color. Aromas of blueberry compote, boysenberry, ripe figs, and violet with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, medium-long black plum coulis finish. An inky, palate-owning red blend for those looking for density, brightness and impact.
Intipalka 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
89 points
$13
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of green bell pepper, straw, honeysuckle, and white grapefruit with a round, vibrant, bone-dry light body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A juicy, very dry Sauvignon Blanc in a delicate style; relish notes of honeysuckle and pressed flowers.
89 points $13 Best Buy
El Ganador 2018  Malbec
89 points
$15
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of blackberry pie, vanilla gelato, root beer, black olives, and anise with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish evoking notes of spiced cashews and tart plum with no oak flavor. A juicy, youthful and pleasing Malbec that delivers.
89 points $15 Best Buy
Lexicon 2018  Malbec
89 points
$17
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of stewed berries, damson plum, spiced dark chocolate, and black tea with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish full body and a polished, nuanced, long finish with notes of olives and oak with moderate oak flavor. A big, bold and commanding Malbec with huge body and style.
Pampa 2019 Reserve Malbec
88 points
$9
Best Buy
Black violet color. Smoky aromas of grilled berry pastries, mocha latte, and hints of bacon with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long blackberry pie and chocolate ganache finish. An oaky, smoky, balanced and pleasing Malbec.
88 points $9 Best Buy
Alamos 2019  Malbec
88 points
$13
Black ruby color. Aromas of blackberry bush, honeycomb, and vanilla toffee with a chewy, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, medium-length boysenberry, graphite, and graham cracker finish with no oak flavor. A dry and oaky Mendoza Malbec tuned for the table.
Inkarri 2020 Rosé Lujan de Cuyo
88 points
$14
Best Buy
Khaki orange color. Aromas and flavors of pickled watermelon, spring bouquet, and loganberry with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity light body and an effortless, medium-length finish that shows accents of strawberry candies with no oak flavor. A light and springy rose; versatile and easy to drink.
88 points $14 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.
FILIPPO FIGARI 2019 Reserva Malbec
88 points
$19
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry tart, hints of toffee, suede, and carob with a satiny, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a seamless, interesting, medium-length finish that presents accents of toasty croutons with moderate oak flavor. A juicy, balanced Malbec with firm structure; pair with Latin American cuisines.
RAMANEGRA WINES 2018 Single Vineyard Malbec
88 points
$29
Violet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of ripe raspberries, blackberry pie, sage, milk chocolate, and roasted almonds with a slightly chewy, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish. A lip-smacking, fruit-forward Malbec with great crowd appeal.
SonVida 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon
88 points
$32
Dusty black violet color. Aromas and flavors of baked plum, black tea, graham cracker, sun-dried tomato, and cinnamon-raisin bread with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of crisp chocolate cookies and balsamic reduction with grippy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rich, oaky Cabernet with toasty and dried fruit characters.
FILIPPO FIGARI 2020  Malbec
87 points
$9
Best Buy
Black violet color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate, hazelnut crisp, forest berries, and hints of eucalyptus with a lightly tannic, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold, well-structured Malbec fit for a feast.
87 points $9 Best Buy
Alamos 2019 Red Blend Mendoza
87 points
$13
Indigo color. Aromas of ripe fragrant plum, blackberry, sage tea, and licorice with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium body and a sleek, medium-length milk chocolate covered berries and french silk pie finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruit-forward, satisfying Argentine Red that will be a real crowd pleaser.
Alamos 2019  Cabernet Sauvignon
87 points
$13
Ruby black color. Aromas of buttered toast, berry preserves, and black coffee with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish light body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length cassis and black tea with cream finish with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A rock solid Argentine Cab that will fit right in at the table.
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
FILIPPO FIGARI 2020 The House, Family Collection Malbec
87 points
$14
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry coulis, compressed watermelon, and hints of cured olives with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of hints of caramel and chocolate with moderate oak flavor. A mouth-filling, full-flavor Malbec.
87 points $14 Best Buy
Rubus 2019  Chardonnay
87 points
$16
Golden yellow color. Oaky, buttery aromas and flavors of starfruit, pineapple sorbet, buttercream, and caramel with a satiny, crisp, dryish light body and a warming, brisk finish that exhibits notes of toasty pastries with coating tannins and no oak flavor. A clean and fruity Chardonnay for everyday pleasure.
Chakana Estate 2019 Cueva De Las Manos Organic Malbec
87 points
$17
Deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berry cobbler, cola, and chai latte with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-length finish with nuances of berry gelato. A creamy Malbec with warm spice notes.
Chakana Estate 2017 Finca Los Cedros Malbec
87 points
$23
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, chocolate covered mints, and roasted sweet potato with pomegranate glaze with a satiny, crisp, medium body and a smooth, intriguing, medium-long finish with elements of hints of lemon with well-integrated tannins and light oak flavor. A juicy, highly appealing Malbec that will be a real crowd-pleaser.
Siegel 2017 Los Lingues Single Vineyard Petit Verdot
87 points
$33
Black garnet color. Earthy aromas and flavors of charred bell pepper, pickled pimento, black olives, and mesquite with a tannic, vibrant, dry fat body and a warming, captivating, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of graphite with moderate oak flavor. A bold, very Chilean expression of Petit Verdot for the richest meals.
Five Latitudes 2018 Estate Pinot Noir
86 points
$4
Best Buy
Deep purple color. Herbal aromas and flavors of spiced blackberry jam, bay leaf, and grilled berries with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a silky, medium-length finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A fruity and somewhat spicy Pinot Noir for weeknight pairing.
86 points $4 Best Buy
Inkarri 2020 White Blend Luján de Cuyo
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Straw color. Interesting aromas and flavors of underripe peach, fresh cut grass, yellow flowers, and golden apple with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish that exhibits overtones of coriander seed with no oak flavor. A distinctive, grassy and cheerful white blend.
86 points $14 Best Buy
RAMANEGRA WINES 2019 Reserve Malbec
86 points
$14
Best Buy
Ruby black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry jam, sesame candies, currants, and clove with a chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, medium-length finish that exhibits nuances of berry tea and blood orange with heavy oak flavor. A solid Argentine Malbec with chewy, beef-friendly style.
86 points $14 Best Buy
Casir dos Santos 2018 Maipe Malbec
86 points
$15
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of cherry-berry crumble, vanilla gelato, tea with cream, and clay with a satiny, crisp, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with impressions of honey-roasted nuts with drying tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruit-forward, crowd-pleasing Malbec with great food affinity.
86 points $15 Best Buy
Alamos 2018 Selección Malbec
86 points
$20
Black garnet color. Aromas of baked cherries, mulberries, hints of espresso bean, and wood with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a silky, medium-length blackberry cobbler and berry toaster pastry finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and berry-laden red that will be a hit at the table.
Siegel 2017 Los Lingues Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
86 points
$29
Dark dusty ruby color. Earthy aromas of charred legumes, pomegranate glaze, singed cherry pie crusts, and olive oil with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium body and a graceful, stimulating, breezy gingery spiced carrots, dark chocolate-covered almonds, and earth finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and savory South American red that will play well at the table.
RAMANEGRA WINES 2020 Classic Malbec
85 points
$9
Deep purple color. Fruity aromas and flavors of blackberry coulis, freshly sliced orange, and honeyed toast with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich and fruity Malbec with a strong body for steaks.
New Age NV Sweet Wine Mendoza
85 points
$12
Bright reddish orange color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry jelly, lavender, and honey with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, medium-length finish with no oak flavor. A simple, friendly and pleasing bubbly Rosé with a candied personality.
Intipalka 2020 Rosé Syrah
85 points
$13
Bright pink coral color. Aromas and flavors of dried, smoked cherries, melon, pressed flowers, and honey with a supple, crisp, dry light body and a silky, medium finish with no oak flavor. An easy-drinking Rosé for the table and beyond.
Koyle Costa La Flor 2020  Sauvignon Blanc
85 points
$16
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of pickled green tomato, green gooseberry, green apple, and garlic scapes with a supple, tangy, dry light body and a sleek, swift finish with no oak flavor. A tangy and bright Sauvignon Blanc for the table.
Buen Andres 2018  Syrah
84 points
$9
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of plum vinaigrette, candied ginger, dark chocolate, molasses cake, and graham cracker with a coarse, soft, dryish light body and a tingling, crisp finish with light oak flavor. A curious Syrah to serve with a good chill.
New Age NV Sweet Wine Mendoza
84 points
$12
Golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, apricots in syrup, and clover honey with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, fast finish with no oak flavor. A light and simple Moscato-like quaffer.
Intipalka 2020  Tannat
84 points
$13
Black violet color. Aromas of wild blueberries, shortcake with clotted cream, and oregano with a tannic, vibrant, dryish full body and a graceful, refreshing, medium-length ripe tomatoes, green bell peppers, and peppercorns finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A dense, earthy red for rich and rustic pairings.
Dark Slate 2020 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
84 points
$16
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of iced tea, sangria, and spiced raisin pastry with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, fast finish with barky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A fruity and chewy quaffer for anytime indulging.
Dark Slate 2020 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
84 points
$16
Pale golden straw color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach, honeyed grapefruit, and sweet pineapple with a supple, crisp, dryish light body and an effortless, medium-length finish manifesting accents of oats with no oak flavor. A fruit-forward and fresh white for everyday tipples.
Proviva S.R.L. 2018 4 Gatos Locos Malbec
84 points
$41
Black violet color. Aromas and flavors of Tootsie Roll, shortbread, and green apple candies with a slightly chewy, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long finish with accents of Kalamata olive with moderate oak flavor. A dense, chewy, steak-worthy Malbec with bold tannins and big personality.
Intipalka 2018 Gran Reserva No.1 Ica Valley
84 points
$50
Dark deep purple color. Aromas and flavors of green banana, raisins, smoked bark, and ink with a lean, vibrant, dryish medium-to-full body and a polished, breezy finish with light oak flavor. A simple red table wine.
Five Latitudes 2019 Estate Sauvignon Blanc
83 points
$4
Best Buy
Straw color. Aromas and flavors of hints of lemon, ginger tea, and pavlova with a supple, bright, light body and a polished, crisp finish with no oak flavor. A simple white quaffer for anytime indulging.
83 points $4 Best Buy
New Age NV Sweet Wine Mendoza
80 points
$12
Brilliant light siam color. Funky aromas and flavors of plum jam, raspberry wine, ripe tomato, and leather with a satiny, soft, petillant, sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk finish with no oak flavor. A fruity and funky quaffer for those with a sweet tooth.
Intipalka 2019 Reserva Malbec-Merlot Ica Valley
80 points
$18
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of savoury vegetables and animale with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a smooth, agreeable finish that exhibits notes of tangy cherry with light oak flavor. A funky red for the rustic table.
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