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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.

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  • ATANEA 2015 PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 382566
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Organic and biodynamic by design, vibrant fruit balanced by acidity and terroir in profile, Chilean in soul. This Pinot Noir from Atanea is ...
    Organic and biodynamic by design, vibrant fruit balanced by acidity and terroir in profile, Chilean in soul. This Pinot Noir from Atanea is not your everyday, runof- the-mill ‘bargain buster’ wine; instead, it’s a stunning example of how precise, natural vineyard practices in concert with exceptional terroir and fortuitous weather can produce a triple-crown, natural bottling where the price belies the quality by a country mile.

    Also of note: only 20mg/liter sulfites before bottling and this Pinot was fermented and aged in stainless steel.

    Owner and managing director Baptiste Cuvelier (Léoville- Poyferré, Cuvelier Los Andes) stopped by our store recently, showcasing this Atanea among his stable of excellent wines: “In very few words, what I am intending to do with my new line of wines, Atanea, is to produce very affordable and easy-drinking wines, not harmful for anybody’s health, very faithful to what the varietals are.” By utilizing the coolest parts of Casablanca Valley in Chile, long renowned for their Pinot Noir production (thanks to cooling Pacific Ocean breezes/fog!), Baptiste and team are able to make a wine like this-- true to its varietal nature while grown much further south than, say, its Burgundian or Oregonian cousins. Mission accomplished, Baptiste! This Chilean version stands tall amongst its Pinot breathren.

    On the nose, red fruits and berries dominate; notes of framboise, cranberry tea and strawberry balanced with a touch of undergrowth and herbs. The mouthfeel is viscous and rich, the sweet fruit carries over to the palate. Again, cherries, sweet cranberry and strawberries dominate with a touch of baking spice and tempering earth and flinty minerality. Chewy tannins and bright acidity provide excellent structure setting this wine up as a perfect ‘Turkey Day’ pleaser; Atanea has more than enough ‘stuffing’ on its own to pair with the bird and the full spread of Thanksgiving fare. The finish is lengthy and sweet with cherry cold and a red berry medley lasting and lasting. Pick up a few bottles and enjoy the holiday season!
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  • BODEGA CHACRA 2016 "BARDA" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: 380812
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    James Suckling: 95
    To start, the wineries oldest vineyards were planted back in 1932 to original rootstock Pinot Noir. Bodega Chacra's contiguous vineyards are...
    To start, the wineries oldest vineyards were planted back in 1932 to original rootstock Pinot Noir. Bodega Chacra's contiguous vineyards are the oldest ungrafted, original rootstocks of Pinot Noir in the world. The Winery operates entirely under Organic and Biodynamic practices. What makes this unique vineyard so special is the combination of its arid climate, and dessert soil known as the Rio Negro in Argentina. The climate combined with the green practices allow the vineyard to be 100% free of pesticides, and be extremely healthy and vibrant.

    The wineries founder, Piero Incisa della Rochetta is no joke either. His Grandfather started Tenuta San Guido on the Tuscan coast in the 1940's, and created Sassicaia. Sassicaia is the only wine in Italy to have its own appellation named after the wine itself. Piero cut his teeth working in the vineyards of Sassicaia, and hanging out with his nearby cousins the Antinori's. He later started up an Umbrian winery project named Salviano that focused on Sangiovese and Bordeaux varietals. After a few years, he got a little restless and drifted to Malibu to get his undergraduate degree at Pepperdine University, and then later on to NYU for his Masters. While at NYU, he started to miss the wine business, so he exiled himself to Burgundy with some friends to help make some great wines and enjoy his passion of Pinot Noir. While in burgundy, his group of friends had a blind tasting of Pinot Noirs. During this tasting, one friend brought something that was completely unknown, and amazing. The wine was from an old vine Pinot Noir vineyard in Argentina, which this person was helping make the wine as a favor. Some weeks later, Piero had to contact this person since it was all he could think about. He ventured out to Argentina, to see this area of old vine Pinot Noir, and happened to find a vineyard that was even older than the one he had tasted in Burgundy. This all took place in 2004, and the rest is history as he bought the winery in 2004, and later other contiguous old vine vineyards.

    What makes the wines of Bodegas Chacra so amazing, is a combination of having some of the oldest vines of Pinot Noir in the world, a unique micro climate that allows for wines to be made as pure as possible using no chemicals in any part of the wine making process. (A small exception would be small amounts of sulfur on the bottles to sterilize them.) For the wine geeks that are in love with natural wines, this wine has less than 40ppm of sulfur which qualifies them to be a natural wine. These wines however, are nothing like the vast natural wines out in the marketplace. They are serious wines for any connoisseur as they have a sense of elegance and finesse.

    The Barda is a Pinot Noir, which is like a great Burgundy, made by an amazing Italian winery owner, from Argentina's "Garden of Eden". The youngest vines of the Barda come from vineyards that are around 25 years old, in addition to pinot noir juice that comes from vineyards planted in 1955, and 1932. That's right, vines that are 85 years old are in the Barda. These older vineyards produce fewer quantities of fruit naturally, but have more developed and concentrated flavors. The vineyards are certified Organic and Biodynamic, which adds to the purity of flavor to this great Pinot Noir. The vineyards see no pesticides due to the natural barriers the Pacific Ocean and the Andes mountain ranges create.

    JAMES SUCKLING 95 POINTS - "A fantastic red with ginger, dried strawberry, wet earth and fresh leather aromas and flavors. Full body, silky tannins and a fantastic finish. Superb. Best Barda ever."
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  • CASA LAPOSTOLLE 2014 CLOS APALTA LE PETIT CLOS RED

    Item #: 378123
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • CASA LAPOSTOLLE 2015 CUVEE ALEXANDRE CARMENERE

    Item #: 378489
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    A deep inked red purple colour. An expressive and intense nose, ripe black fruit aromas, spicy notes such as black pepper and bitter chocolate. Wel...
    A deep inked red purple colour. An expressive and intense nose, ripe black fruit aromas, spicy notes such as black pepper and bitter chocolate. Well integrated oak. Balanced and elegant mouthfeel. Velvety texture. Medium tannins structure with a round mid palate and a long finish. Ideal companion for elaborated dishes such as marinated duck breast and well seasoned angus steak. 96% Carmenere, 4% Merlot.
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  • CHACRA 2016 55 PINOT NOIR PATAGONIA

    Item #: 350254
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    James Suckling: 96
    JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "Floral and offering up dark berries and dried strawberries. Hints of dried lemon skin...
    JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "Floral and offering up dark berries and dried strawberries. Hints of dried lemon skin. Full-bodied, very powerful and deep in terms of fruit. Chewy tannins yet they're so polished. Goes on for minutes. Best ever. Drink or hold."

    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.
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  • ERASMO 2014 BARBERA/GARNACHA

    Item #: 383690
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    WINEMAKER'S NOTES: - "A bright purple wine with intense aromas of ripe, wild berries, sweet chocolate and spice...
    WINEMAKER'S NOTES: - "A bright purple wine with intense aromas of ripe, wild berries, sweet chocolate and spices. This is a lively and fresh red which can be served with a bit of chill. In the mouth this has a youthful palate with ripe tannins, lively acidity with notes of berries and spices with a touch of sweetness on the persistent finish."
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  • GARAGE 2015 CABERNET FRANC LOT #72

    Item #: 381588
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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 f...
    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.
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  • KINGSTON FAMILY 2015 "TOBIANO" PINOT NOIR CASABLANCA VALLEY

    Item #: 381068
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    "In the early 1900s, Carl John Kingston left his home in Michigan looking for gold in Chile. While he never found his mother lode, his search yield...
    "In the early 1900s, Carl John Kingston left his home in Michigan looking for gold in Chile. While he never found his mother lode, his search yielded a cattle ranch in Casablanca Valley, just12 miles from the Pacific. Five generations later, his descendants are showing the same pioneering spirit. But instead of prospecting for gold, they're exploring new frontiers in Chilean winemaking."

    Now in their eighth release, the Kingston wines have been embraced by the international press and top restaurants. In 2011, Kingston was named a Winery of the Year by Wine & Spirits magazine, and featured by the James Beard Foundation. Kingston wines have landed coveted placements in top restaurants, including Jardiniére in San Francisco, Jean Georges in New York and the Four Seasons in London.

    The nose is a warm blend of brown spices, sassafras, mixed berries, plums and a touch of mocha. The palate reiterates the sweet ripe red fruits and mixed berries while adding a dollop of white pepper and vanilla bean, all encompassed by smooth, lush tannins. Not shy at all, this is effusive wine that will go with holiday feasts and good friends.
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  • LAGAR DE BEZANA 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON RESERVE PETIT VERDOT & SYRAH; CACHAPOAL VALLEY

    Item #: 378614
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Alto Cachapoal is a stunning Chilean micro-terroir within the Rapel Valley located in the foothills of the Andes. The climate is Mediterranean, the...
    Alto Cachapoal is a stunning Chilean micro-terroir within the Rapel Valley located in the foothills of the Andes. The climate is Mediterranean, the soils are alluvial, and the altitude is 2,000 feet. Wines from Alto Cachapoal have intense color and aromatic concentration, a bright acidity, and restrained tannins. At Lagar de Bezana we only produce a limited amount of wine from our single vineyard. We believe that making wines is an art, which is represented through the drawings on our labels by famous Chilean artist Bororo. The owner is Rene Piantini and the winemaker is Benjamin Leiva; general manager Daniela Rojas has been President of MOVI. The modern winery is gravity-fed, and is surrounded by 130 acres of estate vines. Lagar and its winemaker were prominently featured in Wine Spectator in 2013 and in Wine Enthusiast in 2018.
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  • LOS VASCOS 2014 CABERNET RESERVE

    Item #: 377785
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  • MATETIC 2011 SYRAH EQUILIBRIO

    Item #: 360885
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    This model winery, owned by the Matetic family, is situated in Chile’s beautiful Rosario Valley, close to Casablanca, which is ideally suited to th...
    This model winery, owned by the Matetic family, is situated in Chile’s beautiful Rosario Valley, close to Casablanca, which is ideally suited to the production of perfumed Syrah and Merlot. Established in 1999, wine critics think they are producing Chile’s finest Syrah. The winery is run by the third generation of the family which originally came to Argentina from Croatia. They’re farming bio-dynamically and they get great definition and freshness into their reds. (EQ stands for equilibrium or balance)
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  • MATETIC 2013 PINOT NOIR EQUILIBRIO

    Item #: 360886
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "Sourced from their younger vines from the coastal Valle Hermoso estate in the Casab...
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "Sourced from their younger vines from the coastal Valle Hermoso estate in the Casablanca Valley, where all of their Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc is grown, the 2013 EQ Pinot Noir is produced with grapes that have always been worked biodynamically. This is the vineyard that is closest to the sea where the soils are decomposed granite with minerals like mica and iron. The grapes are destemmed but not crushed, and in this 2013 they used a small percentage of full clusters (around 20%); it underwent a cold soak without SO2 for seven days after which the temperature was left to rise and fermentation starts. They do punching down, as they want a soft extraction. Malolactic is in barrel, where the wine matures for 14 months with one only racking. They started in 2011 to harvest a little earlier; in 2013, which was a cool vintage with good yields, the juice was quite pale, ruby with some development and a nose of berries and tea leaves. It is light to medium-bodied but very tasty, with penetrating flavors ending with a salty note. This is superb coastal, marine Pinot. This has had the advantage of one extra year in bottle compared with the 2014, and is very drinkable."

    EQ stands for Equilibrio, the Spanish word for balance. This concept represents their commitment with nature, thus showing a perfect harmony between soil and vine. From the first waft, EQ displays a cunning balance of rounded fruit and rich terroir that brings up nice memories of Burgundian Pinots (southern Savigny-lès-Beaune came to mind). Raspberry and cherry notes blend with a spicy/brambly mélange and more dark/black berry fruits to make for a very lovely nose. The palate starts softly with more fruit (cherry/berry), easy-going vanillins and light earthiness and is just a joy to taste-- the palate-weight and viscosity are rounded and rich as is the overall balance and feel of this wine. Think Burgundian fruit meets new world Chilean terroir-- and the meeting is a huge success.
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  • VERAMONTE SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: 377326
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 90
    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 ...
    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.



    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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