Chilean vineyards have the famous reputation of being ‘free from phylloxera,' the notorious vine louse that ravaged Europe's vineyards in the mid 1800s. Chile's isolation, via the Andes and the Pacific Ocean, protected its vineyards from phylloxera. Starting a vineyard in Chile is much simpler than in other regions where phylloxera has been a problem. To start a vineyard in Chile, all one has to do is plant vine cuttings; Chileans don't have to worry about grafting their vines onto phylloxera-resistant rootstock. Chile has numerous wine regions that contribute a broad array of styles and various levels of quality to Chilean wine offerings. The most important regions are the following: Casablanca, Aconcagua and the Central Valley which is encompassed by Maipo, Rapel, Curico and Maule. Aconcagua produces some of the finest Cabernet in Chile, and Casablanca, near the coast produces some of Chile's best whites, including Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Chile's Maipo Valley is a Bordeaux varietal Mecca. Before phylloxera ravaged the vineyards of Europe in the mid 1800s, Maipo was planted with vine cuttings imported from Bordeaux. The rest of the Central Valley is successfully planted with Bordeaux varietals, both white and red, and Chardonnay.
"Crisp and youthful with concentrated aromas of citrus blossom and peach. Fruity and floral nuances underscore the wine's fresh character. A heavenly choice every time."
"90 Points -- Wine Spectator. Offers mineral-infused red fruit and savory spice flavors that are structured and well-focused, accented by plenty of green olive notes. A latent creaminess extends onto the lively finish. Drink now through 2017."
"90 Points- Antonio Galloni. Lively red and dark berry scents are complemented by hints of anise, rose oil and mocha. Sweet and expansive in the mouth, offering intense raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of peppery spices. At once rich and energetic, this Cabernet Sauvignon finishes with nervy cut, supple tannins and a subtle touch of sweet berry fruit."
"93 Points- Wine Advocate. 65% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Carm?n?re, 8% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot and 1% Merlot. This 2012 is quite approachable, with its round and abundant tannins and soft acidity, flavors of ripe berries, good freshness and balance."
"A blend of Cab Sauv (80%), Merlot (10%) and Cab Franc (10%) Red berry fruit with notes of black pepper and spices. Vanilla comes through from over one year in French oak. Well-balanced, full-bodied with a long, lingering finish."
"94 Points- Wine Advocate.72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Carmen?re, 6% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot, 1% Merlot. Has a subtle nose with very nicely integrated spicy aromas from the elevage. The palate is very approachable, soft and velvety, with very good balance and a fine texture because of the very fine tannins."
"Deep ruby red color. The nose presents aromas of black cherries and black currants combined with licorice, pink peppercorns, paprika and bay leaf. Good volume and structure in the mouth. A wine with great personality, and mellow, well-integrated tannins."
"92Pts. James Suckling This is a complete package...Mocha, graphite and vanilla play nicely with baked berry, vanilla and pastry. Savory herbal notes flank dried berry and red currant flavors, with tea and mocha accents showing creamy hints on the firm finish."
"93 Points- Kahn's Staff Rating. Thoroughly ripe with rich, red fruit, berries, black currant, and fig aromas. A light pleasant eucalyptus edge lends freshness. Complex notes of tobacco, chocolate, pencil lead, incense, and leather round out the bright yet velvety finish."