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."
"With an intense and clear deep ruby red colour, this wine presents a marked bouquet of ripe berries and plums with herbaceous and slightly spicy notes. It is fresh to the palate, with good acidity and firm velvety tannins confirming all the previous fruitiness."
"93 Rating! James Suckling"
"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."
"Passion fruit, lettuce, grapefruit and tropical aromas get this Sauvignon Blanc off to a nice start. Zesty, speedy and super fresh on the palate, with blazing acidity, this tastes of passion fruit, green herbs and grass, especially on a racy, slightly pithy 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."
"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."
"Bright hue, intense mulberry nose, with raspberry, plum, cedar, spicey, clove aromas also present. In the mouth, the wine has bright red berry fruit with underlying blackberry, cedar, oak, vanilla and smoky flavors. The mouthfeel has a creamy edge from the oak treatment. Finish is lively, smooth and round, with a medium fuller mouthfeel."