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Recommended wines from Chile

Recommended wines from Chile

Dave McIntyre takes a fresh look at some wines from Chile

article originally featured in The Washington Post Aug 15th 2012

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For now, cabernet sauvignon is still king in Chile. Syrah, carignan and even pinot noir may excel in some of the newer wine regions, adding excitement and variety, but cabernet's prominence is not likely to be challenged. Brands like Concha y Toro, especially its Casiliero del Diablo label and the super-inexpensive Frontera line, and Montes remain consistently good values. Here are some other Chilean reds that are worth exploring.

Errazuriz, Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 Errazuriz - Single Vineyard - Cabernet Sauvignon

★ ★

Aconcagua Valley, Chile, $19

Here's a lush, ripe cabernet with black currant, orange peel and plum flavors spiced with nutmeg and a hint of clove from oak. It can masquerade as a more expensive, expansive cabernet.

Marchigue Carmenere Gran Reserva 2010 Marchigue Carmenere - Gran Reserva

★ ½

Colchagua Valley, Chile, $10

This carmenere has some of the leafy character that defines the grape, but it is balanced by dark-fruit flavors, a hint of smoky earth and medium body that make it an attractive wine - and even more attractive at this price.

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