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The long, narrow strip of Chile has often been called a "winemaker's paradise" thanks most importantly to the absence of the phylloxera plague, which was never able to surmount the barrier of the Andes mountains, but also to its myriad climatic influences and topographical diversity. The country's latitudinal range suggests these variations would occur as one moved north and south, but in truth, the real differences lie in an east to west orientation.

Along the coast, the Humboldt Current in the Pacific brings cooling breezes and maritime influence, which accounts for the grassy, racy Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays of Casablanca and Leyda, as well as some very bright versions of Pinot Noir. Chile's most important regions lie up and down its Central Valley, sheltered by the Coastal Range from the influences that define the cooler, maritime regions. Maipo, which abuts the metropolis of Santiago, is the hottest of them all and houses many of Chile's original and most recognizable estates. Bordeaux varietals thrive on the broad, flat plain, but they can acheive world-class complexity a little higher up in the Andean foothills to the east, especially true for Chile's signature varietal, Carmenère.

A little further south in Colchagua, the clay and limestone soils are specifically suited to Merlot, where the elevations allow the wines to develop not only depth and concentration, but also wonderful vibrance and structure. The southernmost region in the Central Valley is also Chile's oldest. The Maule Valley sits on predominantly volcanic soils and Cabernet Sauvignon is its most important varietal, but Carmenère and Merlot also display individualistic expressions here.

Given the marvelous potential of climate and terroir, it's no wonder that foreign investment and expertise have flooded Chile in recent decades, making it one of, if not the most, dynamic wine countries in the world today.

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95 points James Suckling: Blackberry, fresh herb, wet earth and tar aromas follow through to a full body, with powerful tannins and density yet an agile and polished, textured finish. Much better than 2014. The second wine of Clos Apalta. Try it in 2021. (12/27/18) ...
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Casa Lapostolle Le Petit Clos Apalta Colchagua Valley 2015  (#702368)

Other Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

95 points James Suckling: Blackberry, fresh herb, wet earth and tar aromas follow through to a full body, with powerful tannins and density yet an agile and polished, textured finish. Much better than 2014. The second wine of Clos Apalta. Try it in…

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95 points Wine Spectator: This dense red delivers cream-tinged layers of blackberry coulis, cassis and plum sauce backed by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Compact now, with fine spice, smoke and licorice notes gracing the long finish. Syrah. Best from 2014 through 2020. 250 cases… ...
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Montes Folly Syrah Colchagua Valley Apalta Vineyard 2010  (#702018)

Syrah/Shiraz from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

95 points Wine Spectator: This dense red delivers cream-tinged layers of blackberry coulis, cassis and plum sauce backed by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Compact now, with fine spice, smoke and licorice notes gracing the long finish.…

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94 points James Suckling: This is a leaner and fresh Coyam with stone, dark berry and hints of currant leaf. Medium to full body, pretty fruit and an intense finish. A blend of syrah, carmenere, cabernet sauvignon, mourvedre, malbec and petit verdot. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink now. (5… ...
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Emiliana Coyam Valle de Colchagua 2014  (#701946)

Other Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

94 points James Suckling: This is a leaner and fresh Coyam with stone, dark berry and hints of currant leaf. Medium to full body, pretty fruit and an intense finish. A blend of syrah, carmenere, cabernet sauvignon, mourvedre, malbec and petit verdot.…

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92 points James Suckling: A dense and fruity red with dark chocolate and berry character. Full body, dusty tannins and a dusty texture at the end. Drink now. (3/16/18) ...
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Montes Carmenere Colchagua Valley Alpha Marchigue Vineyard 2016  (#701991)

Carménère from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

92 points James Suckling: A dense and fruity red with dark chocolate and berry character. Full body, dusty tannins and a dusty texture at the end. Drink now. (3/16/18)

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96 points James Suckling: Lots of old vine character with bark, mushroom, dried herb and dark berry character. Full body. Layered and flavorful. A serious and thoughtful wine. Half carmenere and half cab. Drink now. (5/29/17) ...
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Neyen de Apalta Espiritu de Apalta Colchagua Valley 2014  (#702188)

Other Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

96 points James Suckling: Lots of old vine character with bark, mushroom, dried herb and dark berry character. Full body. Layered and flavorful. A serious and thoughtful wine. Half carmenere and half cab. Drink now. (5/29/17)

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94 points Wine & Spirits: 'From the rural village of Lo Abarca, where vines rise up limestone-and-granite hills facing the cool winds off the Pacific, Cipreses is Casa Marín’s most pointedly tense sauvignon blanc. In 2017, the herbal aromas join tropical fruit scents and mineral notes in a nose that… ...
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Casa Marin Sauvignon Blanc San Antonio Valley Cipreses Vineyard 2017  (#701970)

Sauvignon Blanc from Central Valley, Chile

94 points Wine & Spirits: 'From the rural village of Lo Abarca, where vines rise up limestone-and-granite hills facing the cool winds off the Pacific, Cipreses is Casa Marín’s most pointedly tense sauvignon blanc. In 2017, the herbal aromas join…

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94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...This is balsamic, a little earthy and especially elegant, insinuating rather than in-your-face. The palate is very sleek, with super refined tannins and very good freshness. This was the last Lazuli blended by the late Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux.… ...
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Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Lazuli 2014  (#701808)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley, Central Valley, Chile

94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...This is balsamic, a little earthy and especially elegant, insinuating rather than in-your-face. The palate is very sleek, with super refined tannins and very good freshness. This was the last Lazuli…

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91 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...sourced from a vineyard that is four kilometers away from the sea... It's spicier and earthier, mixing red and black cherry aromas with some floral hints, developing more complex nuances with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, with… ...
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Casa Marin Pinot Noir San Antonio Valley Litoral Vineyard 2013  (#332535)

Pinot Noir from Central Valley, Chile

91 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...sourced from a vineyard that is four kilometers away from the sea... It's spicier and earthier, mixing red and black cherry aromas with some floral hints, developing more complex nuances with time in the…

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94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): I enjoyed the texture of the 2016 Renacido Vineyard, perhaps a little less elegant but with great character. I looked at my note from the previous year and was very surprised to read that I commented on the texture then as well. I often associate minerality… ...
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Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon Renacido Vineyard Lot #74 2016  (#702177)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Maule Valley, Central Valley, Chile

94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): I enjoyed the texture of the 2016 Renacido Vineyard, perhaps a little less elegant but with great character. I looked at my note from the previous year and was very surprised to read that I commented on the…

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50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Carmenere. This is an intense, complex wine with aromas of pepper, Black berries, red peppers and hazelnut. In the mouth it has a good structure, with velvet tannins, Ideal as a company for roast beef, pork, pasta and fresh cheese. ...
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Kunza Gran Reserva Maule Valley 2013  (#701993)

Other Red Wines from Maule Valley, Central Valley, Chile

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 50% Carmenere. This is an intense, complex wine with aromas of pepper, Black berries, red peppers and hazelnut. In the mouth it has a good structure, with velvet tannins, Ideal as a company for roast beef, pork, pasta and…

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88 points James Suckling: A very fresh lemony nose. Juicy and bright on the front palate. A hint of tannins at the finish makes it less appealing. Drink now. Screw cap. (3/16/18) Pale straw yellow. Aromas of peach candy, lemon sherbet, hints of cinnamon. This wine is well-balanced on the palate with… ...
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Casa Marin Riesling Cartagena Vineyard 2017  (#701971)

Riesling from Central Valley, Chile

88 points James Suckling: A very fresh lemony nose. Juicy and bright on the front palate. A hint of tannins at the finish makes it less appealing. Drink now. Screw cap. (3/16/18) Pale straw yellow. Aromas of peach candy, lemon sherbet, hints of…

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Fragrant, racy, and expressive, it offers up scents of black cherry, black raspberry, floral notes, and Asian spices. Made in a finesse style, on the palate it has plenty of concentration, potential complexity, and a lengthy finish. San Juan de Pirque is a single vineyard parcel in the Alto Maipo… ...
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Garage Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon Maule Valley Renacido Lot #71 2015  (#701825)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Maule Valley, Central Valley, Chile

Fragrant, racy, and expressive, it offers up scents of black cherry, black raspberry, floral notes, and Asian spices. Made in a finesse style, on the palate it has plenty of concentration, potential complexity, and a lengthy finish. San Juan de…

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