Chile

With its Mediterranean climate and Spanish heritage, Chile is home to some of the oldest vines in the world and the oldest vineyards in the New World.   Although red wines have always been Chile’s strength, today the white wines, especially those from cooler regions, are very good. Chile’s Sauvignon Blancs are generally unoaked, while most of the Chardonnays are oaked.

 

Prisma Sauvignon Blanc & Prisma Pinot Noir

 

Prisma — Sauvignon Blanc 2013 & Pinot Noir 2011

These two wines are from the Casablanca Valley in Chile.  These wines are hand-harvested from blends of grapes in the valley.  The white is an un-oaked, 100% Sauvignon Blanc and has a bright, fresh character. Citrus notes of lemon, lime, and grapefruit, combined with a mineral undertone lead to a crisp, elegant, and well-balanced finish.  The red is 100% Pinot Noir and is a fresh, vibrant and aromatic wine. It shows bright red fruit notes of strawberry and cherry, with an underlying hint of oak, that leads to a lifted mid-palate and smooth, velvety finish.

Marques de Casa Concha

Marques de Casa Concha 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
The Chilean Concha Y Toro earns 93 points from Wine Spectator, and is highly recommended for its dense, rich flavor, full of dark fruit and spices.  These are supported by muscular tannins and acidity.  The dried blackberry, black fig and smoke-infused cocoa powder notes feature some accents of dried meat.

Sibaris Undarraga Camenere
Reserva Especial Sibaris Undurraga Carmenere D.O. Colchagua Valley 2011
A Siburite is a person who seeks pleasure and luxury.  This wine is named for all of us Siburites.  This wine is aged in oak with a ruby red color and silky tannins.  It pairs well with barbecued meats, past or fish.  This is an excellent example of the Carmenere grape.

Aliwen Reserva Sauvignon Blanc Undurraga D.O. Maipo Valley 2012
Looking for a great Sauvignon Blanc for a reasonable price? Here you get all the features from: gooseberry, passion fruit, freshly mown grass, fresh acidity and a sleek style. The refreshing Aliwen has the characteristics of its sunny Chilean origin a round, mild, rich texture. That makes this Sauvignon Blanc delicious as an aperitif but also suitable for eating with salmon, asparagus and salads.
Viu Manet Single Vineyard La Capilla Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Deep ruby red in color, on the nose this wine shows aromas of plum, strawberry and sweet spices. In the mouth flavor notes evidence complex ripe raspberry, blackberry and snuff, complemented by fresh acidity and firm but soft tannins, resulting in an elegant and lingering finish.
Amplus One 2008
Deep violet to ruby-red in color, this wine is expressive and long, recalling red and black cherries, prunes and a touch of tobacco and pencil shavings. On the palate, it is well-structured and powerful, with well-rounded tannins that lead to a voluminous and seductive finish.
Carmen 2008 Petite Syrah
Carmen Gran Reserva wines are the highest expression of their respective grape varieties and reflect their adaptation to the best chilean terroirs. Multidimensional yet balanced, the wines are packed with character and complexity, yet have subtle notes to engage the nose and palate.
Errazuriz Single Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Light greenish straw yellow in colour. With an exuberant elegance, this wine shows notes of fresh fruit accompanied by herbal and mineral tones. Subtle notes of passion fruit intermingling with tomato leaf and fresh-cut herbs typify this wine. The palate is crisp and mineral with citrus and herbal notes. This year’s cool weather produced a wonderfully elegant and well-balanced Sauvignon Blanc with vibrant acidity of this.
Albamar Chardonnay 2009
This unoaked Chardonnay gives off a golden color with green tones, fresh in nose withtropical fruits that lead to a refreshing finish accented with citrus notes. It’s freshness and finish have an almost Chablis-like quality. Pair with shrimp dishes, salads or chicken empanadas.