CHILE

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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  1. CASA LAPOSTOLLE 2017 CLOS APALTA

    Item #: i_353551
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 100
    JAMES SUCKLING 100 POINTS - "What a stunning nose of crushed berries, fresh flowers, sandalwood and light vineyard dust. Black olives, too. Very complex. Full-bodied with a beautiful, dense palate of blackberries, chocolate, walnuts and cigar box. Fantastic length and composure. The tannin just rolls over the palate. Very structured. The most classically structured wine ever from here. Goes on for minutes. Outrageous and so polished. A blend of 48% carmenere, 26% cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot and 1% petit verdot."
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  2. CASA LAPOSTOLLE 2017 CLOS APALTA LE PETIT CLOS RED

    Item #: i_378123
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 96
    JAMES SUCKLING 96 POINTS - "This is so delicious with blackcurrants, spice, sweet tobacco, lavender and roses. Full-bodied, tight and very polished with gorgeous texture and finesse. Shows tannin tension at the end. A blend of mostly cabernet sauvignon, the rest cabernet franc."
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  3. CASA SILVA 2018 CARMENERE

    Item #: i_379316
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 90
    JAMES SUCKLING 90 POINTS - "Lots of ripe cranberries with a touch of chocolate. Medium-bodied with plenty of fruit and some nice, supple tannins that give this a degree of warmth and length."

    Founded in 1892 by French wine pioneer and ancestor Emilio Bouchon, Casa Silva is now owned by Mario Silva and family - the fifth generation of winemakers. Many of the vines planted are over 90 years old, carried over from Bordeaux, pre-phylloxera, by the first generation. Previously selling their juice to larger, bulk wineries, Casa Silva began a bold, estate bottling program in 1997. Now, the Silva Family are viewed as leaders of the new generation of premium wine producers, and their wines have received international acclaim.

    Winemaker's Note - Bright and intense ruby red. On the nose, aromas of black cherries and plums with hints of spices. On the palate, it is round and powerful with sweet soft tannins and balanced acidity. Long finish. Great pairing with a steak and chimichurri sauce, Mexican fajitas, grilled chicken, roasted portobello mushrooms, or a spicy ratatouille.
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  4. ELQUI BLEND 2016

    Item #: i_377636
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    50% Carmenere, 26% Malbec, & 14% Syrah

    IMPORTER NOTES - "Deep and dark almost creamy nose gives way for black currant, meat, earth and spicy minerals...Rich and mouth filling with an incredible amount of suave creamy fine grained tannins. Young and brooding but with an incredible smooth and velvety approach. Lingering spice and fruit blends with the more mineral laden flavors...Broad, big and bold...If you want value for money this is where its at!"
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  5. GARAGE 2017 CABERNET FRANC LOT #90 PIRQUE VINEYARD MAIPO VALLEY

    Item #: i_381588
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92
    WIEN ADVOCATE 92 POINTS - "The pure Cabernet Franc 2017 Pirque Vineyard sticks out like a sore thumb when tasted next to the other wines from Maule with its minty and creamy Maipo Cabernet personality. It comes from a vineyard planted in the 1980s in Pirque at around 700 meters in altitude. They treat this like their other single-vineyard wines, with fermentation in open-top vats with indigenous yeasts and punching down, trying to control the power. They picked this a little earlier and managed to bottle a wine with 13.5% alcohol and good freshness. 4,071 bottles were filled from 14 barrels in January 2019. This is their 90th wine, marked Lot #90."

    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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  6. GARAGE WINE COMPANY 2015 CARIGNAN TRUQUILEMU LOT 67

    Item #: i_381422
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2015 Truquilemu Vineyard reveals the wild and somewhat rustic character of the Carignana little earthy, with a touch of smoked meat. Its very tasty and has the granite texture on the palate. This year they started using some stems in the vinification, an innovation that continued in 2016. 5,230 bottles were filled in November 2016, as they always like to age their single-vineyard reds for two winters before they are bottled. Drink 2018-2025"

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    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.

    This is small scale winemaking at it's best!
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  7. MONTES 2017 PURPLE ANGEL

    Item #: i_377131
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 98
    JAMES SUCKLING 98 POINTS - " Such an amazing, floral nose with blackberries, blueberries, violets and other flowers. Full-bodied, yet so balanced and refined with vibrancy and energy. It’s really racy and exciting with a super long, beautiful finish. Tight and super polished. Needs two or three years to open more. Beauty. Drink after 2021."

    This superb wine represents a whole new dimension for Carmenère, the long-lost grape variety that recently resurfaced in Chile after being presumed extinct in Bordeaux, its original home. Purple Angel, has been recognized as the best Carmenère of Chile. Critics of all the world, named this wine, as a "wine from another planet".

    Colchagua is one of the Chilean wine valleys with the most international prestige, in which Viña Montes was a pioneer in establishing its production. This valley is located in the central zone of Chile, less than two hours driving from its capital, Santiago. Our beautiful vineyards are located in one of the best terroirs in the area, Apalta. Its unique characteristics and location, allow a mild exposure to the sun of the vines, which contributes to a slow, although more complete maturation of the grapes. In the same valley, between the Coastal Range and the sea, we find our Marchigüe vineyards, immersed in an undulating landscape that ends in the Pacific Ocean (25 km away), where our red grapes mature slowly under the influence of somewhat colder temperatures.
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  8. PEDRO PARRA Y FAMILIA 2018 PENCOPOLITANO, ITATA

    Item #: i_383649
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 92
    We thoroughly enjoyed tasting the wines from Pedro Parra y Familia. The passion put into these wines is as evident and convincing as the terroir of Itata and the amazing flavors and scents found within (the nose and tongue do not lie!). These are some of the best we've tasted from Chile in some time. If you are unfamiliar with Chilean viticulture these will be a splendid introduction; if you remember when Chilean wines first splashed onto the market decades ago, these bottles will showcase not only how far their acumen has progressed but also how much potential and world class quality can come out of their soil and into our glasses-- these are the real deal!

    "Pedro Parra y Familia was born in my head many years ago, but it was only after 15 years as a consultant, traveling and working all around, I felt mature enough to begin. The main idea was always the same: make pure terroir wines from Granite soils. Make wines I like to drink, and be free to select and create from several terroirs. But more important, the idea is to start something that I can share with my family, my wife Camila, and my kids Diego, Felipe and Colomba." - Pedro Parra

    "After 18 years of terroir work all around the World, I felt mature enough to create my own wines, from what I consider the most incredible Chilean Terroir, Itata." - Pedro Parra

    I had the chance to work and dig in Barolo, Burgundy, Montalcino, Oregon, Sicily, Rioja, and worked with the best people." - Pedro Parra


    "Pedro Parra y Familia is based on the South of Chile, mostly Bio-Bio, ITATA and Cauquenes appellations. Why? Very simple; this area is in my experience the only place in Chile where I can produce the wines I like to drink: a mix of fresh-acid fruit, with complex flavors of flowers, soil, underbrush and a great granitic, mineral-driven mouthfeel."

    The 2018 Pencopolitano is a blend from Itata and Cauquenes. The local environs are rife with cloudy weather and coastal mountain climates resting over red granitic slopes (the soil dates back to the Paleozoic era, around 240 million years ago).

    WINE ADVOCATE 92 POINTS" - "The 2018 Pencopolitano is a regional red blend of 67% Cinsault from Guarilihue and 33% País from Portezuelo from old vines (40 to 200 years old) on granite-based soils rich in lime, sand and quartz. It fermented with 30% full clusters and matured in 2,500-liter oak foudres, 5,000-liter oak vats and 3,000-liter concrete vats for 10 to 11 months. This is a wine with more structure and fruit, a round palate and a straightforward personality that is easier to understand."
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  9. SENA 2017 RED BLEND

    Item #: i_381046
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 96
    James Suckling: 99
    Tucked away in a broad, dramatic amphitheater of the Aconcagua river valley in Chile, an organic and biodynamically farmed vineyard belonging to the Vina Errazuriz winery forms the foundation for a wine that feels equally broad and dramatic. This now-iconic wine was named Sena for the "signal" its creators wanted to send to the world that Chile was capable of making more than value table wine. It's a tapestry of Bordeaux varieties, driven by Cabernet Sauvignon with the details and accents of South American favorites Malbec and Carmenere, and hints from Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot.

    Luxury wine drinkers will appreciate the attention to detail that goes into crafting Sena, which owes much to two big names of Napa and Bordeaux. The wine began as a collaboration between Eduardo Chadwick of this family-run winery, which goes back to 1870, and Napa icon Robert Mondavi, along with the help of internationally renowned Bordeaux specialist, Michel Rolland. The result is a wine that has reached the heights of critical acclaim, and will satisfy fans of concentrated Napa Valley reds, super-Tuscans, and modern Bordeaux. Even better, this sunny, semi-Mediterranean land offers their best at a value compared to the ever-increasing prices of those other regions!

    JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS - "The aromas of blackberries, cedar, sandalwood and black tea are compelling. Black olives. Rosemary and sage undertones. Full-bodied, rich and powerful Seña with impressive and powerful tannins, yet harmony and balance. Fruit-forward. Lightly chewy. Fresh and energetic wine in a hot year. Broad-shouldered."

    WINE ADVOCATE 96 POINTS - "They explained how the 2017 Seña was produced with "grapes that were handpicked in the morning and transported to the winery in 12-kilogram boxes for a careful inspection on a double sorting table. The grapes fermented in stainless steel tanks at 25 to 31 degrees Celsius (77 to 88 degrees Fahrenheit), depending on the variety and the level of extraction desired. Three pump-overs were carried out daily during fermentation to rotate the volume of the tank 0.5 to 1.5 times. Total maceration time ranged from 15 to 30 days for the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec and Carmenère and eight to 12 days for the Petit Verdot, according to the development of each block vinified. The final blend was racked to French oak barrels (67% new) and aged for 22 months, during which time malolactic fermentation and stabilization occurred naturally." They harvested early and managed to keep the same alcohol level as the 2016. This has less aromatic exuberance and is a more serious vintage with good concentration and weight, not as aerial as the 2016. They increased the amount of wine matured in larger 2,500-liter foudres instead of barrique. This is more powerful, structured and concentrated, like a drier version of the 2015, with some grainy tannins, more acidity, more austerity and less primary fruit. The tannins have some grip (the earlier harvest perhaps?) and might need a little bit of time in bottle, and the wine seems to have what it takes to develop nicely in bottle."
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    $119.95
  10. TRASIEGO WINES 2019 RED QUARTZ PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_383993
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Pinot Noir is such the perfect grape when it's "done right." And this bottling of Red Quartz Pinot, from Chile's Casablanca Valley D.O., is not only done right, it's also a heck of a bargain for the high quality of wine found within the bottle!

    The nose is a lovely mixture of red fruits, cherries and berries, and dusty underbrush, incense and minerality. Complex! Inviting! The palate takes the red fruits and runs with it as tastes of raspberries, cherries, cranberries and pomegranate fill the glass and profile. Notes of cedar, forest floor and garrique add depth, and bright, forward acidity keeps the wine lively and uplifting-- and will help cut through some of the rich foods we envision enjoying with this one! The finish lingers with notes of cherry lambic, underbrush and ground clove. Beautiful wine!

    Red Quartz is a small production Pinot Noir from the coastal mountain vineyards in Chile's Casablanca Valley, 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean with direct exposure to the cool marine climate. Winemaker Vicente Johnson spent many years in California (making wine and earning his MBA at Sonoma State) and their locale in Chile reminds him of the landscapes of Coastal Sonoma. The soils here are mainly granitic with high presence of Quartz under a layer of sand and red clay, tainting the quartz in a red/orange color. Red Quartz Pinot Noir is a unique wine coming from this special location.
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  11. VERAMONTE SAUVIGNON BLANC

    Item #: i_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 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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