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The long, narrow strip of Chile has often been called a "winemaker's paradise" thanks most importantly to the absence of the phylloxera plague, which was never able to surmount the barrier of the Andes mountains, but also to its myriad climatic influences and topographical diversity. The country's latitudinal range suggests these variations would occur as one moved north and south, but in truth, the real differences lie in an east to west orientation.

Along the coast, the Humboldt Current in the Pacific brings cooling breezes and maritime influence, which accounts for the grassy, racy Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays of Casablanca and Leyda, as well as some very bright versions of Pinot Noir. Chile's most important regions lie up and down its Central Valley, sheltered by the Coastal Range from the influences that define the cooler, maritime regions. Maipo, which abuts the metropolis of Santiago, is the hottest of them all and houses many of Chile's original and most recognizable estates. Bordeaux varietals thrive on the broad, flat plain, but they can acheive world-class complexity a little higher up in the Andean foothills to the east, especially true for Chile's signature varietal, Carmenère.

A little further south in Colchagua, the clay and limestone soils are specifically suited to Merlot, where the elevations allow the wines to develop not only depth and concentration, but also wonderful vibrance and structure. The southernmost region in the Central Valley is also Chile's oldest. The Maule Valley sits on predominantly volcanic soils and Cabernet Sauvignon is its most important varietal, but Carmenère and Merlot also display individualistic expressions here.

Given the marvelous potential of climate and terroir, it's no wonder that foreign investment and expertise have flooded Chile in recent decades, making it one of, if not the most, dynamic wine countries in the world today.

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95 points Wine Spectator: Very sleek and refined, but with loads in reserve, this shows layers of mocha, espresso, bittersweet coffee, mineral and currant paste all framed by dense but supper supple tannins. Beautifully rendered, and the best vintage yet for this winery's flagship wine. Best 2009… ...

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Montes Alpha M Santa Cruz Colchagua Valley 2005  (#301460)

Other Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

96 points Wine Spectator: Beautifully concentrated, with a floral undertone to the rich yet racy wild berry, cassis and damson plum skin fruit character that s tightly wound around fine tannins. The finish is long and compact, but this needs time in the cellar to fully shine. Best from 2014 through… ...

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Montes Alpha M Santa Cruz Colchagua Valley 2010  (#314965)

Other Red Blends from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

750ml Bottle | In stock, 4 available

91 points James Suckling: A fresh and dry carmenere with medium body, firm tannins and a subtle, fruity finish. Drink now. (5/12/16) ...

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Errazuriz Carmenere Aconcagua Valley Max Reserva Single Vineyard 2014  (#701301)

Carménère from Aconcagua Valley, Aconcagua, Chile

750ml Bottle | In stock, 2 available
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95 points Wine Spectator: This dense red delivers cream-tinged layers of blackberry coulis, cassis and plum sauce backed by well-integrated tannins and fresh acidity. Compact now, with fine spice, smoke and licorice notes gracing the long finish. Syrah. Best from 2014 through 2020. 250 cases… ...

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Montes Folly Syrah Colchagua Valley Apalta Vineyard 2010  (#702018)

Syrah/Shiraz from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available
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94 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...This is balsamic, a little earthy and especially elegant, insinuating rather than in-your-face. The palate is very sleek, with super refined tannins and very good freshness. This was the last Lazuli blended by the late Paul Pontallier of Château Margaux.… ...

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Aquitania Cabernet Sauvignon Maipo Valley Lazuli 2014  (#701808)

Cabernet Sauvignon from Maipo Valley, Central Valley, Chile

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94 points Jay Miller (Wine Advocate): ...a world class Syrah... Inky black in color, it reveals a super-expressive nose of toasty new oak, pepper, lavender, game, incense, and blueberry. Voluptuous on the palate but not heavy, it has gobs of sweet fruit, layers of flavor, a firm structure, and 5-7… ...

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Montes Folly Colchagua Valley Apalta Vineyard 2006  (#309485)

Syrah/Shiraz from Colchagua Valley, Central Valley, Chile

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100 points and 'Top 100 Wines of 2017,' James Suckling: Stunning aromas of blackcurrant, stone, blueberry and licorice. Also iodine. Floral. Perfumed. Full body, fantastic density of fruit and ripe tannins. It goes on for minutes on the palate with such energy and focus. Touch of chewiness on the… ...

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Sena Aconcagua Valley 2015  (#330908)

Cabernet/Bordeaux Blends from Aconcagua, Chile

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

96 points Tim Atkin, MW: (12.3%) Consistently among the best Sauvignon Bloancs, not just in Chile but also in the southern hemisphere, this stony, mineral, bracingly fresh white is pithy, chiselled and very long on the palate. It will age brilliantly, too. 2018-2025. ...

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Laberinto Sauvignon Blanc Maule Valley 2017  (#701813)

Sauvignon Blanc from Maule Valley, Central Valley, Chile

750ml Bottle | In stock, 3 available

88 points James Suckling: A very fresh lemony nose. Juicy and bright on the front palate. A hint of tannins at the finish makes it less appealing. Drink now. Screw cap. (3/16/18) Pale straw yellow. Aromas of peach candy, lemon sherbet, hints of cinnamon. This wine is well-balanced on the palate with… ...

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Casa Marin Riesling Cartagena Vineyard 2017  (#701971)

Riesling from Central Valley, Chile

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available

This 100% estate Pais is from a 200-year-old single vineyard in the Maule region. Sweet notes of plum, almonds, anise, and brown sugar on the nose with hints of pineapple sage, pine nettles, and and brown sugar lead to a smooth, nicely balanced palate. This wine has a wild almost salve quality. ...

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Bastias Pais Matorral Maule Valley 2010  (#701378)

Other Red Wines from Maule Valley, Central Valley, Chile

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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93 points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): ...pure Pinot Noir from red soils rich in clay and granite...This is very fresh, focused and complex even if it's still so obviously young. The grapes were harvested extremely early, 17 days earlier than their first vintage (2010) even considering the year… ...

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Montsecano Pinot Noir Casablanca Valley Refugio 2016  (#701624)

Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley, Aconcagua, Chile

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12+ available
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90+ points Luis Gutiérrez (Wine Advocate): The 2016 Pedro Ximenez is very floral and fresh with great acidity, a white from very old vineyards in Elqui on decomposed granite soils. This is fresh, somehow austere and very tasty. Different, with its personality, and really affordable. (Apr 2017) ...

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Mayu Pedro Ximenez Elqui Valley 2016  (#701885)

Other White Wines from Chile

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