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. ALMAVIVA 15

    Item #: i_378147
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    James Suckling: 100
    Almaviva is the name of both winery and wine born of the joint venture between Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Vina Concha y Toro. Made from a blend of classic Bordeaux varieties, in which Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, Almaviva is the result of a felicitous encounter between two cultures.

    Chile offers its soil, its climate and its vineyards, while France contributes its winemaking savoir faire and traditions. The result is an exceptionally elegant and complex wine. Its launch was a major milestone in the development of Chilean wines, both in Chile itself and in the international market.

    JAMES SUCKLING #1 ON TOP 100 OF 2017

    JAMES SUCKLING 100 POINTS - "A glorious and complex nose of tobacco, blackberries and hints of stones and flowers. Hints of bitter chocolate. Full-bodied, very tight and compacted. Linear backbone gives this form and tension. It has the same character on the palate as well as cayenne and other spice. Loved the 2014 but this shows more fine-grained tannins. So balanced and harmonious. A blend of 69% cabernet sauvignon, 24% carmenere, 5% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot. Needs four or five years in bottle but a joy to taste now."
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    $119.98
  2. BODEGA CHACRA 2016 "BARDA" PINOT NOIR

    Item #: i_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 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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  3. CASA LAPOSTOLLE 2014 CLOS APALTA

    Item #: i_350249
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    James Suckling: 100
    #5 ON JAMES SUCKLING TOP WINES OF 2017

    JAMES SUCKLING 100 POINTS - "An extremely aromatic and focused Clos Apalta with blackberry, blueberry, floral and hot stone character. Full body, very linear and ultra-fine tannins. Focused and tight. Precise and long. This is the most polished and beautiful definition of this wine ever. You want to drink it now but better in 2020. A blend of Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

    The Marnier Lapostolle family, founders of the liqueur Grand Marnier, created Casa Lapostolle in 1994 with the ambition to create world-class wines by combining the superb terroir of Chile with their French winemaking philosophy. With Michel Rolland as winemaker consultant, they decided to create Clos Apalta, the flagship of the winery, which debuted with the vintage 1997.

    Within just a few years, this wine achieved remarkable international recognition, and was soon considered as being part of the world’s greatest wines. It has now become a standalone wine, with its own specific vineyard in Apalta, and a dedicated winery.

    ONE OF THE MOST AWARDED WINES IN THE WORLD
    • Five times in the Wine Spectator Top 100, three times in the Top 3
    • Clos Apalta is the one and only South American wine which has been #1 of the Wine Spectator Top 100
    • Since the creation of the Top 100 only two wines of the Southern hemisphere have been #1: Clos Apalta 2005 and Penfolds Grange 1995.
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    $115.00
  4. CASA LAPOSTOLLE 2015 "CUVEE ALEXANDRE" APALTA CABERNET SAUVIGNON, BLACK LABEL

    Item #: i_378159
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 91
    James Suckling: 94
    The Cuvee Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon comes from ancient vines planted in 1920 in the heart of the Colchagua Valley on steep granite-based soils. The blend is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Syrah, and 4% Cabernet Franc. Colchagua is situated about 200km southwest of Santiago, between the Andes mountains and the coastal range.

    The vineyards here enjoy a North to South aspect - key ingredients in producing such a rich, yet elegant and age worthy wine. Perfectly balanced living conditions for the vine produce a wine rich and heady with aromatics of cassis, huckleberry and sage, with hints of peppercorn, conifer forest and violet. The palate is full-bodied and round with velvety tannins framing the fruit thanks to judicious use of premium French oak barrels, 13% of which are new.
    The finish goes on and on and a purity of fruit brings you back to the glass. This Cabernet will please palates of both the new and old world, deftly walking a tightrope between California and French style. Completely unique and unmistakably Chilean, however, this is a fantastic example of what pedigree can be accomplished in this young wine producing country. The price makes it irresistible!

    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "The 2015 Cuvée Alexandre Cabernet Sauvignon was produced with a field blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc planted in 1920 in Apalta. It's a classical expression from Colchagua, with some fennel notes and abundant but fine-grained tannins and good length."

    JAMES SUCKLING 94 POINTS - "A very complex cabernet with violet, blackcurrant and lavender character. Some mint. Full body, firm and velvety tannins and a cedar and hazelnut finish. Made from biodynamically grown grapes."
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  5. ELQUI 2016 CARMENERE

    Item #: i_379989
    Bottle Size: 750ml
  6. ELQUI BLEND 2015

    Item #: i_377636
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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%
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  7. ERASMO 2014 BARBERA/GARNACHA

    Item #: i_383690
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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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  8. GARAGE 2016 CABERNET FRANC LOT #80

    Item #: i_381588
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 94
    WINE ADVOCATE 94 POINTS - "The 2016 Pirque Vineyard is a little closed but feels very solid. It has varietal and zone character, without excessive mintiness, faintly balsamic. It's still very young, but it seems to have all the ingredients for a great development in bottle, with the textbook tannins. Derek Mossman described it quite accurately as an "elegant blue-fruited gent with muscles inside a well-cut jacket." There you go! 3,012 bottles were filled from 11 barrels in November 2017 as Lot #80."

    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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  9. GARAGE WINE COMPANY 2014 CARIGNAN TRUQUILEMU LOT 57; 94% CARIGNAN 6% MATARO

    Item #: i_381422
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 95
    WINE ADVOCATE 95 POINTS - "The Carignan with smidgens of Mataró and País in the field blend bottled as 2014 Truquilemu Vineyard comes from an old dry-farmed vineyard belonging to the Orellana family in the cooler Empedrado zone in Maule. Mossman describes this as "Understated and layered—driven by florality & finesse." The wines never have any impact from the élevage and tend to have moderate alcohol and very good acidity and freshness. This is no exception. It has incredible freshness with notes of blood orange peel and wild herbs—floral, insinuating, harmonious and elegant. The palate is elegant and shows vibrant acidity, is super balanced and incredibly tasty."

    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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  10. LAGAR DE BEZANA 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON RESERVE PETIT VERDOT & SYRAH; CACHAPOAL VALLEY

    Item #: i_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 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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  11. LOS VASCOS 2014 CABERNET RESERVE

    Item #: i_377785
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Los Vascos Grande Reserve is a benchmark for elegance and finesse in Chile. A blend consisting mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is produced using traditional vinification and maturing techniques. The 2014 vintage shows beautiful ruby red color. Aromas of fresh, ripe fruits like raspberry, cherry, and plum can be discerned in the nose, along with notes of caramel, dark chocolate, black olive, and cedar. On the palate, the firm yet elegant tannins add structure and volume. A powerful, expressive offering with terrific freshness.
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  12. MATETIC 2011 SYRAH EQUILIBRIO

    Item #: i_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 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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  13. MATETIC 2014 PINOT NOIR EQUILIBRIO

    Item #: i_360886
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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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  14. OBVIOUS WINES 2018 LIGHT & LIVELY PINOT NOIR & TEMPRANILLO

    Item #: i_383917
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    No. 3 Light & Lively
    - 78% Pinot Noir, 22% Tempranillo from the Casablanca and Colchagua valleys of Chile
    - Estate bottled at Trasiego Wines outside Santiago by husband and wife winemaker team Vincente and Bernardita Johnson
    - This unique blend of Chilean Pinot Noir and Tempranillo has vibrant notes of sour cherry, pomegranate, white pepper, and subtle bubblegum. Reminiscent of beaujolais nouveau, light bodied on the palette and very easy drinking, good acidity makes this wine refreshingly easy to come back to!

    Obvious Wines:
    - Headquartered in the heart of downtown Venice Beach, CA
    - Collaborates with small, family owned and operated wineries around the world to produce sustainably farmed, estate grown wines
    - All wines are developed using a crowd-sourcing method of style selection where large groups of average wine consumers blind taste dozens of wines and describe their favorites in common vernacular
    - The styles are intended to be very easy-drinking, crowd pleasing options that the vast majority of wine consumers will enjoy, not ponder over
    - all marketing includes fun hashtags, educational labels, and easy to understand wine-speak to appeal to a wide array of new and often younger generations of wine consumers
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  15. 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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  16. WEINERT 2007 CAVAS DE WEINERT GRAN VINO

    Item #: i_382055
    Bottle Size: 750ml

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