Chile has a long viticultural history for a New World wine region dating to the 16th century when the Spanish conquistadors brought Vitis vinifera vines with them as they colonized the region. In the mid-19th century, French wine varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenère and Cabernet Franc were introduced. In the early 1980s, a renaissance began with the introduction of stainless steel fermentation tanks and the use of oak barrels for aging. Wine exports grew very quickly as quality wine production increased. The number of wineries has grown from 12 in 1995 to over 70 in 2005. Reasons for this sudden expansion varies, but all are essential to understanding Chilean wine culture. The largest factor, and arguably most prominent, relates to the large amount of French families immigrating to Chile during the late 20th century. The French were able to share their fine tastes and experience with the native Chileans, expanding their knowledge of the wine world. Chile is now the fifth largest exporter of wines in the world, and the ninth largest producer. The climate has been described as midway between that of California and France. The most common grapes are Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Carmenère.
Item #: 382566Bottle Size: 750mlA special project by young Frenchman Baptiste Cuvelier, whose family’s wine roots run deep, stretching from Bordeaux (Chateau Loeville-Poyferre & C...A special project by young Frenchman Baptiste Cuvelier, whose family’s wine roots run deep, stretching from Bordeaux (Chateau Loeville-Poyferre & Chateau Le Crock) into Argentina (Cuvelier Los Andes) and now Chile, with this limited production Pinot Noit out of the Casablanca Valley. This is a natural wine, which means it’s made with minimal winemaking intervention, using native/indigenous yeast and given minimum sulphur additions. A deep dark purple in color with a brilliant hue defines the wine’s visuals. The nose is exotic and definitely Pinot Noir offering up aromas of black cherry, allspice, orange peel and a touch of tree bark along with a touch and smokiness giving this a deep and complex aromatic profile on the nose. Medium fuller bodied this is ripe and silky with an impressive core of vibrant and lifted sweet dark cherry and dark plum fruit flavors that are supple in texture, with a lovely fruit and savory interplay backed with fine tuned, sleek tannins sending this to an impressive and long finish. Endowed with engaging fruit purity and complimentary spice this is very serious Pinot Noir for the money. This represents outstanding value.$14.95
Item #: 350249Bottle Size: 750MLWine Spectator: 94WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Ripe and packed, especially for the vintage, with gorgeous blackberry, blueberry an...WINE SPECTATOR 94 POINTS - "Ripe and packed, especially for the vintage, with gorgeous blackberry, blueberry and fig fruit flavors liberally laced with bittersweet cocoa and Turkish coffee notes. Muscular but rounded, with briar and mineral notes buried deep on the fleshy finish. An impressive combination of density and purity. Carmenère, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Best from 2010 through 2016. 2,991 cases made."$89.98
Item #: 382582Bottle Size: 750ml
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Item #: 379316Bottle Size: 750mlWINE & SPIRITS 90 POINTS - BEST BUY - "On the nose aromas of cherry and plums with hints of spices. On the pal...WINE & SPIRITS 90 POINTS - BEST BUY - "On the nose aromas of cherry and plums with hints of spices. On the palate is is round and powerful with sweet lush tannins and balanced acitiy. Long finish. great pairing with a steak, roasted potatoes, roasted portobello mushrooms, or a spicy ratatouille."$13.95
Item #: 350254Bottle Size: 750MLBodega Chacra is owned by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, 40, whose family's Bolgheri estate of Tenuta San Guido produces Sassicaia. The winery, whic...Bodega Chacra is owned by Piero Incisa della Rocchetta, 40, whose family's Bolgheri estate of Tenuta San Guido produces Sassicaia. The winery, which debuted with the 2004 vintage, aims to produce silky, elegantly styled Pinot Noirs. The grapes are fermented in small cement vats using semi-carbonic maceration, and only the top two bottlings are aged in barrel, with just one-third new oak. Lovers of high-octane Pinots need to look elsewhere.
Bodega Chacra (chacra is a square plot of land surrounded by poplar trees) is made up of the 6-acre parcel that goes into the aforementioned Treinta y Dos bottling and a 21-acre parcel planted in 1955 that goes into the Pinot Noir Río Negro Cincuenta y Cinco. The Cincuenta y Cinco (2006 was the wine's debut version) is heftier than the Treinta y Dos bottling, though still modest at just 13 percent alcohol. It shows a fresher and more forward briar, spice and red cherry profile. For the '07 vintage, della Rocchetta used nitrogen during the bottling for the first time, so he expects the wines to take a little longer to evolve in the bottle. Chacra represents the boutique of the boutique, turning out handcrafted, delicately styled Pinot Noirs that are worth the effort to find.$100.00
Item #: 377636Bottle Size: 750mlFresh with a substantial nose offering plenty of dark fruits, some currant and a minty almost hint of menthol. Young, juicy and vibrant with loads ...Fresh with a substantial nose offering plenty of dark fruits, some currant and a minty almost hint of menthol. Young, juicy and vibrant with loads of suave tannin, earthy elements and elegant minerals, building into a smooth lingering finish. A Red Blend to enjoy on and off but MOSTLY ON!
Syrah: 52%, Carmenere: 37%, Malbec: 11%$14.95
Item #: 381422Bottle Size: 750mlWine Advocate: 94WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "There were 19 barrels of the 2013 Truquilemu Vineyard Lot #47, which is from the Empedrad...WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "There were 19 barrels of the 2013 Truquilemu Vineyard Lot #47, which is from the Empedrado zone in the Maule Valley. This is closer to the coast full of granitic soils with some layered parts, kind of schists, which allow the roots to go deep. The nose is floral, elegant and subtle, a little closed at first, becoming deeper and more nuanced with time in the glass. The palate shows great, citric freshness with a thread of fine acidity going through its backbone. This is mostly Cariñena mixed in the field with other varieties picked and fermented together, but the Cariñena represents more than 85% of the blend in the wine. It has character, notes of the earth and also those violets only the best Cariñena can provide. Plain great, with a long life ahead. I had the chance to visit the vineyard later on and it's one of those places that when you see them, you understand IT HAS to produce great wine. And in a fresh vintage like 2013, it certainly does."
This is small scale winemaking at its best! The Garage Wine Co began as a hobby in Pilar and Derek Mossman’s garage with the goal of making wines for friends and family. Everything was done by hand, primarily on the weekends while they continued to work their day jobs to provide for the family. Within a few years, the wines became better known as word of mouth created demand from strangers and eventually restaurants. The Chilean national newspaper ran an article on this coveted urban myth, referring to the budding enterprise as "that Garage Wine Company." With that story, demand increased and a brand was born.
The hallmark of these wines is their amazing purity, freshness and silky texture. The Mossman's achieve such high quality by emphasizing quality over quantity. They make tiny lots of 11-19 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Carignan field blend plowed by horse to this day. They truck their fruit in a trailer behind a trusty, worn red pick-up and make their wines by hand. Employing natural methods, only native yeasts are utilized for fermentation and the wines are aged in used oak barrels. The finished wines are then bottled in sterilized, recycled bottles.
Despite their humble ways, the wines have attracted the attention of critics who consistently award high scores and write glowing reviews. These limited distribution wines are fantastic and demonstrate what can be achieved with singular passion and commitment. They are compelling, well-balanced and utterly delicious.$31.98
Item #: 377785Bottle Size: 750mlJAMES SUCKLING 90 POINTS - "This is bright and fruity with fine tannins and a juicy mouthfeel. Sweet plum a...JAMES SUCKLING 90 POINTS - "This is bright and fruity with fine tannins and a juicy mouthfeel. Sweet plum and berry character plus hints of cream. A little riper than the 2011. This is cabernet and beautifully drinkable. Uncork it."$14.98
Item #: 377326Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 90The Casablanca valley is a cool climate area on the northwestern side of Chile’s coastal range less than 30 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. Our ...The Casablanca valley is a cool climate area on the northwestern side of Chile’s coastal range less than 30 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. Our estate occupies the extreme eastern end of the valley and is noted for its gentle Pacific breezes and early morning fog, making it the ideal climate for producing cool climate varietals such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
The 2014 vintage produced great quality fruit due to low yields and dry growing conditions during spring and summer with wide thermal amplitudes between day and night. Slow ripening of the grapes enabled them to preserve their freshness, flavor, aroma, and an elegant acidity.
Fragrant fresh herb aromas and citrus notes such as lime and tangerine blend with subtle floral notes. Smooth and crisp, this Sauvignon Blanc has vibrant acidity and a long juicy finish.
One hundred percent of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from our Casablanca estate. The grapes are harvested at night in order to maintain fresh and bright acidity, then the fruit goes straight to the press where the juice sits for 24 hours. After three days the juice is racked off of the lees to finally ferment at low temperatures in stainless steel tanks ensuring multilayers of aromas and flavors.
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