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Chilean Valley Wines

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La Joya Gran Reserva Viognier 2017, Colchagua Valley, Chile: This aromatic jewel of a wine from Bisquertt Family Vineyards will keep you coming back to the glass to see how it's unfolding. Exotic aromas of white flowers, baking spices and some white pear. Medium-bodied. Finishes just as fragrant as it starts with floral and spice notes. Perfect for mild to medium curries and spicy dishes or lobster in melted butter. Drink: 2018-2021. 168542 13.50% XD 750 mL  $16.95 Score: 91/100. July 3, 2018 Best Value White Wine. Calm Curry Wine Full Review
TabalĂ­ Talud Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Maipo Valley, Chile: What a perfumed nose of dark florals and fleshy plums. The grapes grow on vines with a south-facing exposure on a hillside and produce small concentrated bunches. Luscious and layered with a velvet texture on the tongue. Pair with grilled meats. Drink: 2018-2022. 513960 14% XD 750 mL  $23.95 Score: 92/100. July 3, 2018 Top Rated Red Wine. Best Beef Wine Full Review
Undurraga T.H. Syrah 2013, Leyda Valley, Chile: A full-bodied, supple Chilean red wine made form the classic Syrah grape. Aromas of fleshy ripe black plums and spice. Pair with grilled lamb. Drink: 2018-2022. 94193 14.50% XD 750 mL  $24.95 Score: 91/100. July 3, 2018 Top Rated Red Wine. Full Review
Cono Sur Viognier 2017, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Absolutely phenomenal wine for the money! This Chilean white wine is made from the aromatic grape Viognier. It's floral but not aggressively so: breezy and pleasant. Perfect as a chilled aperitif or companion to seafood. Drink: 2018-2020. 64287 13.50% D 750 mL  $11.05 Score: 88/100. June 23, 2018 Best Value White Wine. Full Review
Carmen 1850 Premier Carmenere 2017, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Lots of oak, mocha, coffee, espresso and dark chocolate on the nose and palate from oak aging. Black fruit, spice and smoke on the palate. Nice price. Pair with a pepper steak. Drink: 2018-2021. 169052 13.50% D 750 mL  $12.90 Score: 87/100. June 23, 2018 Best Value Red Wine. Complete Cheese Pizza Wine Full Review

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