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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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  • CASA LAPOSTOLLE 06 CLOS APALTA

    Item #: 350249
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Wine Spectator: 94
    WINE 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."
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  • CASA SILVA 15 CARMENERE

    Item #: 379316
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    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 win...
    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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  • CASAS DEL BOSQUE 2015 CABERNET SAUVIGNON GRAN RESERVA

    Item #: 383114
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Casas Del Bosque is a small, boutique winery nestled between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific in the Maipo Valley, which is well-known for its q...
    Casas Del Bosque is a small, boutique winery nestled between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific in the Maipo Valley, which is well-known for its quality wine production. Their estate-grown grapes are reliably ripened in the abundant sunshine while the cool nights help keep the wine fresh. The winery continues to receive accolades. In fact, it was given the prestigious award of "Best Chilean Wine Producer" for 2 consecutive years at the International Wine & Spirits Competition in London. This is just another indication that these folks know a thing or two about growing grapes and making wine.

    The Casas Del Bosque Cabernet Sauvignon is a delicious wine, which is perfect for everyday drinking. It is an outstanding value, which clearly over-delivers for the price.

    Deep ruby with purple highlights and staining of the tears. On the nose, classic notes of Cabernet abound with blackcurrant, dark cherries, bell pepper, fresh tilled earth, tobacco, cocoa and vanilla. On the palate, this wine is dry and full-bodied with pleasant acidity and smooth tannins. Mouth coating flavors of chocolate covered cherries, crème de cassis, toast and vanilla bring pleasure.
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  • CHACRA 07 55 PINOT NOIR PATAGONIA

    Item #: 350254
    Bottle Size: 750ML
    Bodega 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.
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  • ELQUI BLEND 2013

    Item #: 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 ...
    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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  • GARAGE 2014 CABERNET FRANC LOT #60

    Item #: 381588
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 93
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "There is also a Cabernet Franc from Pirque labeled as 2014 Pirque Vineyard, which was cro...
    WINE ADVOCATE 93 POINTS - "There is also a Cabernet Franc from Pirque labeled as 2014 Pirque Vineyard, which was cropped from vines planted in the 1980s and grown at 700 meters altitude. They always provide amusing descriptions of their wines, and this one was described as "Elegant blue-fruited gent with muscles inside a well cut jacket." The usual modus operandi was followed once more, with native fermentation in open top fermenters with punching down by hand and two winters in used barrels. It has herbal aromas, spicier notes and especially more character than the majority of Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo. It is also very spicy in the palate with some "morrón" pepper nuances. Very tasty, almost salty. 2,464 bottles were filled in November 2015."

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

    Item #: 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 Truquile...
    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.

    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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  • GARAGE WINE COMPANY 2016 PAIS

    Item #: 381907
    Bottle Size: 750ml
    Wine Advocate: 91
    Garage wine company was born out of an independent spirit, as Derek Mossman, his wife Pilar and friend Dr. Alvaro Pena embarked on their winemaking...
    Garage wine company was born out of an independent spirit, as Derek Mossman, his wife Pilar and friend Dr. Alvaro Pena embarked on their winemaking endeavor back in 2001 in the garage. Derek Mossman had grown tired of making wine for his corporate outfit by formula and wanted to craft something unique and small-scale that represented its place.

    Since their inception every bit of the winemaking has been done naturally—organic or sustainable fruit sources that are often dry-farmed and always hand-harvested, while in the winery only using native yeasts and neutral barrels—and even the bottling was from recycled glass. Their efforts spilled over and encouraged other winemakers to follow suit—Garage Wine Company was the founding member of the MOVI (Movement of Independent Vintners), which pioneered a new set of more conscientious winemakers that prize quality over quantity. Something exceedingly rare in Chile.

    From a hobby that yielded only a hundred cases (in small lots) in the beginning, Garage Wine Company has now gone on to garner praise from international critics for its ability to make compelling wines from well-maintained sites in the Maule, Maipo and Itata Valleys. (91-95 Points across the line from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate)

    That is why it is particularly exciting to offer one of their latest wines: The 2016 First Salvo Ferment País.

    País holds a special significance for Chile where it's known as the Mission grape or Pipeño, first coming over from Spain in the 1600's for the purposes of making wine for the Catholic Mass. It has now taken on a Beaujolais-like fervor for Chilean wine drinkers. Fresh, fruity and easy that could be best served with a little chill.

    Garage Wine Company’s País is no exception; there is no carbonic maceration, but plenty of primary red fruits like raspberry and red cherry with slight leaf and spice notes and tremendous acidity to deliver a clean, fresh and persistent finish. But don’t just take our word for it, as it was also given 91 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

    WINE ADVOCATE 91 POINTS - "I also tasted the second version of the single ferment País, the 2016 País. There is more freshness here, and it's not only the year. In this second ferment they increased the amount of fruit from Triquilemu. There is a note of pencil lead, unusual acidity for País and very good freshness."
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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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  • 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 2015 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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