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 #: i_378147Bottle Size: 750mlAlmaviva 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."
- Item #: i_378489Bottle Size: 750MLA 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.
- Item #: i_379549Bottle Size: 750mlCartagena is Casa Marín's most sold mid-price range wine label with an excellent price quality ratio. The grapes used are hand-picked and sorted in the winery. The average natural yields are between 5 and 6 tons per hectare, resulting in full bodied complex wines with a great acidity.
- Item #: i_350254Bottle Size: 750MLJAMES 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.
- Item #: i_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 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%
- Item #: i_383690Bottle Size: 750mlWINEMAKER'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."
- Item #: 381588Bottle Size: 750mlThis 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.
- Item #: 381068Bottle 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 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.
- Item #: i_378614Bottle Size: 750mlAlto 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.
- Item #: i_377785Bottle Size: 750mlLos 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.
- Item #: i_360885Bottle Size: 750mlThis 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)
- Item #: i_377131Bottle Size: 750mlWine Spectator: 93James Suckling: 95JAMES SUCKLING 99 POINTS - "This is perhaps the greatest Purple Angel ever. Full body, tight and compressed with an amazing texture and density. Fantastic fine tannins that are silky and polished. I love the energy and intensity. A blend of 92% carmenere and 8% petit verdot. One for the cellar but I can't wait to drink it again."
- Item #: i_381046Bottle Size: 750mlJames Suckling: 100Sena wine was established as a collaborative venture in Chile between Vina Errazuriz and Robert Mondavi. Since 2005 Sena is owned 100% by the Chadwick family, proprietors of Errazuriz, and is the personal project of Eduardo Chadwick. Eduardo's ambition is to create a Chilean icon wine, one which fully expresses the terroir (wine identity linked to local soil, aspect and climate) of the Aconcagua Valley north of Santiago.
The inaugural vintage of Sena, which is Spanish for distinguishing mark or personal signature, was the 1995 release. The wine is made from a blend of six of the classic red grape varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec. The grapes for Sena are sourced from Sena Hillside vineyards within the Aconcagua Valley, in which vines are grown according to bio-dynamic principles. The wine is currently produced at Errazuriz's Don Maximiano Estate winery in the Aconcagua Valley.
JAMES SUCKLING #3 ON TOP 100 OF 2017
JAMES SUCKLING 100 POINTS - "Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the finish. A complex and complete wine that delivers a generosity with firmness. Drink in 2021 but already a classic to drink."
- Item #: i_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 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.