Best Chilean Wines

What’s the best Chilean wine?  Well, as you know wine tasting is a very subjective thing, and there are way too many wines that can fit the criteria depending on who you ask.

The following compilation of Chilean wines, is a list which consists of some of the more “numerously” prized Chilean wines in the last couple of years or iconic Chilean wines if you will.  This list is in an ongoing state of being updated.  Check back frequently for updates, or subscribe to Chilean Wine.com to get new updates in your in-box.  What Chilean wines do you think should be on this list?

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Almaviva
This Chilean blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Camenere, and Cabernet Franc has had some very successful vintages.  It hails from Chile’s Maipo valley.

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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.

  • Wine Spectator – 96 points – 2009
  • International Wine Cellar – 93 points – 2009
  • Robert Parker – 92 points – 2008
  • Wine Spectator – 93 points – 2007
  • Robert Parker – 92 points – 2007

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Antiyal and Kuyen
Both of these Chilean wine blends by renown Chilean wine maker Alvaro Espinoza originate from Antiyal’s Maipo vineyard.  For the last several years these two blends have been getting raves and high points from critics worldwide. Buy Antiyal or Kuyen

  • Robert Parker 93 points – 2010 Antiyal
  • International Wine Cellar 91 points – 2009 Kuyen
  • International Wine Cellar 92 points – 2008 Antiyal
  • Wine Enthusiast 91 points – 2008 Antiyal
  • International Wine Cellar 92 points – 2007 Antiyal
  • International Wine Cellar 91 points – 2007 Kuyen
  • Wine & Spirits Magazine 91 points – 2007 Antiyal
  • Robert Parker 92 points – 2005 Antiyal
  • Robert Parker 90 points – 2005 Kuyen

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Casa Lapostolle Clos Apalta

Vintages 2005 through 2009 have won plenty of praise.  This Chilean red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Carmenere, and Petit Verdot.  In 2008, Wine Spectator magazine named the 2005 Clos Apalta, its Wine of the Year.

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  • Wine Enthusiast 93 points – 2009
  • Wine Spectator 96 points – 2009
  • Wine and Spirits 91 points – 2008
  • Wine Spectator 92 points – 2008
  • Wine Enthusiast 95 points – 2008
  • International Wine Cellar 91 points

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Concha y Toro Don Melchor Cabernet Sauvignon
Concha y Toro’s Don Melchor has consitently been rated one of Chile’s best wines.  Year 2008 is currently available and well scored.  This is a big and bold Cab from Chile’s Maipo Valley.  Don Melchor has been one of Chile’s most highly awarded wines year after year.

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  • Wine Spectator – 94 points – 2008
  • Wine Enthusiast – 93 points – 2008
  • Wine & Spirits – 93 points – 2008
  • Wine Spectator – 93 points – 2007
  • Robert Parker – 94 points – 2007
  • Wine Enthusiast – 93 points – 2007

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Concha y Toro Terrunyo Cabernet Sauvignon

C&T has had several winning years with this wine. Here’s what Wine Enthusiast says about the 2005 vintage.  “This pedigreed Chilean Cab settles with airing and soon shows exciting, fully ripe raspberry, cassis and blackberry flavors.  The mouthfeel is perfectly cushioned yet intense, and the finish is ripe, smooth and composed.”

  • Wine & Spirits – 95 points – 2010
  • Descorchados – 95 points – 2010
  • Wine & Spirits – 93 points – 2008
  • Wine Enthusiast – 91 points – 2008
  • Robert Parker -91 points – 2007_______________________________________________________

 

Concha y Toro Carmín de Peumo Carmenere

This maybe Chile’s most highly scored Carmenere.  Here is some of what Robert Parker says about this wine: “The Carmin de Peumo is the winery flagship and a candidate for Chile’s finest wine.”

  • Wine & Spirits 96 points
  • Robert Parker 97 points
  • Wine Spectator 94 points

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Errazuriz Don Maximiano 2006
This blend has bringing in plenty of 90+ points for its 2005, 2006, and now its 2007 vintages.  It is a blend consisting of  Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Shiraz.  All sourced from the company’s Aconcagua valley vineyards.

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  • International Wine Cellar 92 points
  • Wine Enthusiast Magazine 91 points
  • Robert Parker 94 points
  • Wine Spectator 91 points

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Montes 2005 Purple Angel

Purple Angel is a blend of 92% Carmenère and 8% Petit Verdot from the Colchagua Valley.  Of this, half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ La Finca de Apalta estate, bringing sophistication and elegance (the Petit Verdot also comes from this vineyard). The other half of the Carmenère comes from Montes’ Archangel estate in Marchigue, adding potency and strength.

What the critics say:

  • The Wine News 92 points
  • Wine Enthusiast Magazine 91 points
  • Robert Parker 92 points
  • Wine Spectator 91 points

 

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MontesAlphaM10Montes Alpha M 2010
For the last five years Montes Alpha M red blend has impressed the critics. Intense dark red color. Very elegant with very dense and velvety, supple tannins. The wine has a harmonious structure, combined with a generous fruit expression and a very distinguished character showing aromas of red fruits, cassis and a touch of cedar and cinnamon. In the mouth, the wine has delightful notes of vanilla and coffee. The 5% of Petit Verdot adds an extra element of complexity. Mouth-filling, long and well-defined through the finish. The structure of this wine will keep it for over 20 years. Buy it here.

  • Wine Spectator – 96 points – 2010
  • Wine Enthusiast – 93 points – 2009
  • Robert Parker – 94 points – 2007

 

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Vina San Pedro  1865 Limited Edition 2007 Syrah
Surprising entry from Chile’s northern valley of Elqui.

  • Decanter – 5 Stars
  • Wine Spectator – 90 points
  • Wine Enthusiast – 90 points

 

 

 

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Santa Rita Casa RealSanta Rita Casa Real Cabernet Sauvignon

Casa Real is a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine that seeks to obtain the maximum expression of the Alto Jahuel terroir. The naturally balanced vineyards located in a unique climate and soil produce exceptionally concentrated grapes which are then taken by man, who acting solely as an instrument, receives what nature has offered and transforms it into this remarkable and magnificent wine. Casa Real is a classic of excellence with a unique and exclusive identity, long lasting quality and extended ageing potential.

 

  • Wine Enthusiast – 92 points – 2007
  • International Wine Cellar – 92 points – 2007
  • Wine Enthusiast – 92 points – 2005
  • Robert Parker – 91 points – 2005