Chilean vineyards have the famous reputation of being ‘free from phylloxera,' the notorious vine louse that ravaged Europe's vineyards in the mid 1800s. Chile's isolation, via the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, protected its vineyards from phylloxera. Starting a vineyard in Chile is much simpler than in other regions where phylloxera has been a problem. To start a vineyard in Chile, all one has to do is plant vine cuttings; Chileans don't have to worry about grafting their vines onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock. Chile has numerous wine regions that contribute a broad array of styles and various levels of quality to Chilean wine offerings. The most important regions are the following: Casablanca, Aconcagua and the Central Valley which is encompassed by Maipo, Rapel, Curico and Maule. Aconcagua produces some of the finest Cabernet in Chile, and Casablanca, near the coast produces some of Chile's best whites, including Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Chile's Maipo Valley is a Bordeaux varietal Mecca. Before phylloxera ravaged the vineyards of Europe in the mid 1800s, Maipo was planted with vine cuttings imported from Bordeaux. The rest of the Central Valley is successfully planted with Bordeaux varietals, both white and red, and Chardonnay.
"90 Points Wine Enthusiast. Lightly roasted, leathery berry aromas are oaky but not overly woody or resiny. A dense, concentrated palate is creamy but appropriate in feel, while flavors of black cherry, cassis, baking spices, vanilla and caramel end in a lasting swirl of licorice, nutmeg and cocoa powder flavors."
"90 Points- Antonio Galloni. Lively red and dark berry scents are complemented by hints of anise, rose oil and mocha. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering intense raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of peppery spices. At once rich and energetic, this Cabernet Sauvignon finishes with nervy cut, supple tannins and a subtle touch of sweet berry fruit."
"A blend of Cab Sauv (80%), Merlot (10%) and Cab Franc (10%) Red berry fruit with notes of black pepper and spices. Vanilla comes through from over one year in French oak. Well-balanced, full-bodied with a long, lingering finish."
"Sweet fruity notes of apricots, citrics and peaches combine with pleasant oak aromas. Fresh and lively in mouth, this Viognier with concentrated stone fruits, is fresh tasty, full and savoury. A wine of great character, density and structure, with a good acidity level and great persistence."
"San Clemente Sauvignon Blanc is fresh and vibrant, with inviting aromas of melon, lemons and grass. It is light and dry with flavors of fruit and herbal elements. Perfect with shellfish and most cheeses."
"The Spanish Torres family has been involved in winemaking since the 17th century. This Chilean wine is deliciously ripe, with bold cherry and raspberry notes, a bouncy, lively texture, and a nice, spicy finish."
"Chocolate, vanilla and spice on the nose. Deep purple colour. Pronounced plum, blackberry and vanilla on the palate. Smooth, medium to lightbody."
"his wine is opulent, powerful and full-bodied, with silky tannins and round. Stresses purplish color, notes of wild berries, blackberry and violet and hints of cassis.En palate is elegant and personality. The French oak aging gives a pleasantly toasty finish."
"Alluring plum, game, spice, coffee and toast aromas and flavors, with a ripe, plush texture and finish. A superb value. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. 89 pts. - JM"
"The wine color is deep garnet. The smell of currant, raspberry and plum. In the taste, the tones of fresh raspberry, mocha and a light finish of roasted coffee beans. The wine has good balance with a solid structure, which gives it personality and strength."