South American Sampler #2 - Beyond Malbec and Torrontes
South American Wine Sampler #2 - Fantastic Non-Malbec Wines from South America
$152 Value for just $115
Sampler #1 focused wines produced by wineries Cory was fortunate enough to visit during a recent trip to Mendoza. That sampler included Argentina's #1 white, Torrentes along with 5 reds produced throughout Mendoza. Sampler #2 steps outside of Mendoza for many of the wines and features
Casa Silva Sauvignon Gris – Sauvignon Gris is a pink-berried mutation of the Sauvignon Blanc grape thatmost likely originated around Bordeaux, but has found itself quite at home in Chile.This rarely-seen varietal is harvested from vines planted in 1912 with beautiful elegance and balance. Pale yellow with green hues. On the nose, delicate melon aromas and mineral notes. On the palate, fresh, good body, very good acidity and notes of ripe green melon. Fans of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris will really enjoy this rare white.
Miguel Torres "Cordillera" VIGNO Carignan - VIGNO stands for Vignadores de Carignan and is an association of producers whose goal is to create an appellation of origin for wines made from old Carignan vines that have been dry-farmed and bush-trained in the Maule Secano area. The wines produced from VIGNO producers old vines are all pretty special, but the Cordillera is a standout among them.
#44 Wine Spectator Top 100 of 2023, 92pts
The 2018 Carignan VIGNO is 100% Carignan from old vines from a dry-farmed vineyard in Huerta de Maule. Overseen by oenologist Eduardo Jordán, it is aged for 12 months in Italian foudres and then for another year in bottle. Bright reddish-purple in the glass. The ripe nose includes blackberry and wildflowers plus jasmine, black tea and balsamic notes. In the mouth, it’s relaxed with fine, juicy but reactive tannins.
Decero Petit Verdot "Mini Ediciones" - Sourced from Decero's renowned, organically farmed Remolinos vineyard, the Mini Ediciones wines represent the best of the best fruit and barrels and are crafted from Argentina's less famous varietals - Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc and Tannat. Our current favorite is the inky and aromatic Petit Verdot.
93pts James Suckling
Deep, brooding and fresh-toned, with blackberries, graphite and some blue fruit and violets. Quite a full body with lots of crushed blueberries on the palate, charged with fresh, velvety tannins.
Casa Lapostolle "Apalta" Red Blend - The top bottling from Casa Lapostolle, known as Clos Apalta is consistently rated as one of the top wines produced in South America and is the only one to have been named Wine Spectator's "Wine of the Year" for the 2005 vintage.
The Apalta Red is an impressive wine in its own right and costs a fraction of the Clos Apalta.
93pts Vinous, 93pts James Suckling
The 2021 Red Blend Apalta is 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Merlot, 10% Carménère, 7% Cabernet Franc, and 6% Syrah from Apalta, Colchagua, and was aged in used barrels. An intense purple in color. The attractive nose offers plum jam, pink pepper and hints of cinnamon. In the mouth, it’s both opulent and juicy with finely grained tannins. The fairly concentrated palate flows expansively before the easygoing, lingering finish. - Vinous
TerraNoble Gran Reserva Carmenere - Terranoble was founded in 1993 by six Chileans who, driven by their passion for viticulture, dreamed of producing top quality wines by combining the excellent climatic and geographical considerations of the Maule Valley with the best traditions in winemaking and the most modern equipment. For their Reserva level Carmenere they utilize fruit from vines planted 60+ years ago in the Melozal area of Maule Valley in shallow alluvial terraces of granitic origin with quartz – soils that have to be cultivated with horses and a dwindling band of farmers who have the experience and knowhow needed to tend such a vineyard.
91pts James Suckling
A firm and textured red with dark berries, chocolate, sweet spices and grilled herbs. Medium to full body. The tannins are ripe and nicely polished, giving structure and framing the plush dark fruits. Velvety finish.
Artesana Tannat Reserva - Artesana is a small production, single vineyard estate winery located in the acclaimed Canelones winegrowing region of Uruguay. Artesana was developed in 2007 by American Blake Heinemann who recognized the unique character of Uruguay’s Tannat wines and thought others would be interested in discovering them as well.
The wine was fermented in stainless steel in small lots, then aged in both American and French oak for 14 months. Rich berry flavors are nicely blended with vanilla on the well-structured palate. This wine is full-bodied and has smooth tannins and enough acidity to lift the concentrated flavors.