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Chile Red Wine: Top 10 with 90+ Points

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Santa Rita Real Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Maipo Valley, Chile: An intense and aromatic nose of mint and blackberry with plush fleshy plums on the palate. Nicely balanced with full-bodied goodness. Drink: 2012-2016. 460170 13.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. February 18, 2012 Full Review
Don Maximiano Single Vineyard, Errazuriz Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: This is a blockbuster wine that will benefit from a few years in the cellar. Big, fleshy black fruit, toasty oak and ripe tannins. Decant for 2 hours. Drink: 2013-2017. 203364 14% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. March 3, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Errazuriz Single Vineyard, Max Reserva Estates Carmenère 2009, Aconcagua Valley, Chile: An incredible wine for the price! Gorgeous layers of plush black plums with a smoky weave that takes you right along to the finish. Lovely! Drink: 2012-2016. 273300 14.50% XD 750 mL  $18.95 Score: 91/100. March 3, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Montes Purple Angel Carmenere 2009, Colchagua Valley, Chile: An amazing wine; a classic for those looking for Chile's flagship wines. Deep, long and complex with layers of mouth-watering juiciness. Here's your dessert wine. Drink: 2012-2017. 62364 14% XD 750 mL  $56.95 Score: 95/100. March 3, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Montes Alpha Carmenère 2009, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Savoury and delicious! Full-bodied and smooth with fleshy ripe blackberries and fruit. 143230 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. May 12, 2012 Full Review
Emiliana Signos De Origen La Vinilla Chardonnay Viognier Marsanne Roussanne 2010, Casablanca Valley, Chile: This organic wine has plenty of big generous flavours of green apple and butter, but I love how it's balanced and calibrated with the acidity for food. Terrific layers of flavour and pleasure. Drink: 2012-2015. 63909 14.50% XD 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 9, 2012 Full Review
Cono Sur Limited Edition 20 Barrels El Centinela Estate Chardonnay 2008, Casablanca Valley, Chile: Round, buttery and generous with a lovely balance. If you love big New World chardonnay, you'll love this one especially for the price. Drink: 2012-2015. 127498 13.50% D 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 90/100. June 9, 2012 Top Rated White Wine. Full Review
Marques De Casa Concha Peumo Vineyards Concha Y Toro Merlot 2009, Rapel Valley, Cachapoal Valley, Chile: Big mocha and espresso from the oak aging supported by fleshy ripe blackberries and black plums. Rich and smooth. Drink: 2012-2015. 939827 14.50% D 750 mL  $19.95 Score: 90/100. June 9, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Mayu Gran Reserva Carmenère 2009, Elqui Valley, Coquimbo, Chile: Love it! Big smoky. Mocha black fruit with generous layers of luscious dark flavours on the palate. Terrific price for such quality. Drink: 2012-2015. 90035 15% XD 750 mL  $17.95 Score: 91/100. June 9, 2012 Best Value Red Wine. Full Review
Potro De Piedra Family Reserve Viña Requingua Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc 2008, Curicó Valley, Chile: New World fruit and energy with Old World styling and balance. Really liking this wine! Terrific balance with juicy, mouth-watering dark fruit flavours and a lovely finish. Drink: 2012-2016. 273995 14% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. June 9, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
La Crema Pinot Noir 2010, Sonoma Coast, California, United States: Whenever I see La Crema pinot noir on a restaurant list, I know it's going to be a great meal, no matter what we're having food-wise. This subtle red is silky smooth enough not to clash with seafood yet it's loaded with fleshy cherry flavours for meatier dishes. Perfection though is roast chicken or planked salmon. Absolutely phenomenal for this price. Drink: 2012-2016. 719435 13.90% D 750 mL  $29.95 Score: 93/100. May 26, 2012 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review

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