PRESS REVIEWS

Aniello

2016 Aniello Rio Negro 006 Pinot Noir Riverside Estate 90 points! “Svelte, with rich, loamy accents to delicate dried rose petal, currant and raspberry flavors. The creamy finish has some cola details.”
-Wine Spectator, October 2017

2016 Aniello Rio Negro 006 Chardonnay Riverside Estate 90 points! “Honeyed notes abound in this steely white, which features flavors of ripe apple, blood orange and pear tart. The lush finish has accents of allspice.”
-Wine Spectator, October 2017

Aniello wines reviewed in the 2017 James Suckling Report-

  • 2016 Aniello Blanco de Pinot Noir 90 points “A round and fruity white with sliced apples and lemons. Medium-bodied, round and flavorful. Bright acidity under it all.”
  • 2016 Aniello 006 Chardonnay 93 points “This is a fresh and clean wine with sliced-apple, pineapple and lime character. Medium-to full-bodied, layered and fruity. Pretty wine. Complex white. Screw cap.”
  • 2016 Aniello 006 Pinot Noir 91 points “Aromas of strawberries and hints of dried flowers follow through to a medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish.”
  • 2016 Aniello 006 Malbec 89 points “Medium body, juicy fruit and a lemon undertone.”
    -James Suckling, June 2017

2015 Aniello 006 Chardonnay 91 points -Decanter’s Tim Atkin

Aniello Blanco de Pinot Noir 2016 scores

  • 90 points -Decanter’s Tim Atkin
  • 89 points -Wine Advocate

Aniello 006 Pinot Noir scores

  • 016 91 points -Decanter’s Tim Atkin

Aniello 006 Malbec scores

  • 2014 90 points -Wine Advocate
  • 2014 90 points -Wine & Spirits
  • 2015 93 points -James Suckling

Anka

91 points! 2012 Anka (organic) Red Blend, “Silky smooth and fine tannins create one of Chile’s outstanding red blends.”
-International Wine Review, February 2017

2011 Anka Red Wine, “Excellent- Concentrated and complex in style, this is a full bodied, medium rich blend.”
-Restaurant Wine 2017

2010 Anka receives 90 points from Wine Enthusiast, “Spicy, dry, fresh: Lightly leafy aromas of plum, berry fruits, brick dust and tobacco feed into a crisp, direct palate with cherry, plum and integrated spicy flavors.”
-Wine Enthusiast, June 2016

2010 Anka 92 points: This is an extraordinary wine for the price; it’s elegant and packed with flavor. Smooth on the palate, it reveals black currant, licorice, and hints of cigar box and mesquite. Dense and fruit-rich.
-International Wine Review, April 2016

91 points to 2010 Anka from Patricio Tapia, writer for Wine & Spirits, “Fruit flavors are nuanced and spicy, in the mouth it is velvety smooth with soft tannins.”
-Descorchados 2015

Apaltagua

“Apaltagua Reserva Carménère is a steal.”
-Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Viña Apaltagua reviewed by Ronn Wiegand of Restaurant Wine (July 2017), “Two of Chile’s best red wines. The Signature Cabernet is a supple, complex wine with good depth of fruit, fine balance, and a very long finish. The Carmenere, from 60 year old vines, is a concentrated expression of the varietal; a full bodied wine that is very ripe in flavor (black currant, cherry, cassis), with herb and oak overtones.”

  • 2013 Apaltagua Signature Cabernet Sauvignon (Excellent+)
  • 2012 Apaltagua Grial Carmenere (Excellent+)

2012 Apaltagua Grial Carmenere is a 92 points wine from Wine Review Online, “black cherry, smoke, and sweet spices, with hints of licorice and mint; blackberry, plum and black pepper spice… dry, full-bodied, velvety texture of well-integrated, fine-grained tannins. Balanced and complete wine.”
-Winereviewonline.com, February 2017

93 points! 2012 Apaltagua Grial Carmenere, “delicious, lush texture and intensely flavored.”
-International Wine Review, February 2017

The 2014 Apaltagua Envero is a 90 points wine in the 2017 Descorchados South American wine guide. Patricio Tapia (Wine & Spirits Magazine) has been producing the Chilean wine guide, Descorchados, for almost twenty years. He is considered to be the Robert Parker of South America and this well-respected publication has been gaining the attention of an international audience for its critical evaluations of regional wines.

Apaltagua wines reviewed in the 2016 James Suckling Report-

  • 2013 Apaltagua “Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon 91 points “This has slate, flowers and some dry strawberry. A juicy and fruit-forward Cabernet.”
  • 2014 Apaltagua Carmenere Envero 90 points; “A bright and fruity red with blueberry and slate aromas and flavors. Medium body, fresh finish.”
    -James Suckling, June 2016

2011 Apaltagua Grial Carmenere, “Excellent- A ripe, full bodied, complex wine; good balance, and a long finish.”
-Restaurant Wine 2017

2013 Apaltagua “Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon 91 points, “Dark ruby. Showing hints of tobacco, cedar, dark cherry and cassis on the nose, the Signature Cab surprises on the palate with a lush texture and complex flavors.”
-International Wine Review, April 2016

2015 Apaltagua Chardonnay Reserva takes a Silver Medal at the 2016 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition. See the competition results in the upcoming October issue of Sunset Magazine.
-Sunset Magazine, October 2016

Apaltagua Costero Sparkling wine gets 90 points from Wine & Spirits writer, Patricio Tapia in his own South American wine guide, Descorchados. “Creamy foam with rich citrus notes.”
-Descorchados 2015

2013 Apaltagua “Signature” Cabernet Sauvignon receives 92 points, “Earthy, complex aromas of coffee, mocha, cherry and cassis set the stage for a fresh, clean mouthfeel and deep, satisfying flavors. Toasty finish with mocha, herb and black-fruit flavors are in sync.”
-Wine Enthusiast, August 2016

2011 Apaltagua Grial Carmenere receives 90 points: “On the nose, this Carmenère is integrated and earthy, with cedar, black cherry, baked plum and spice aromas; core blackberry flavors are surrounded by oak, chocolate and earth notes. A long, persistent finish… complex.”
-Wine Enthusiast, March 2016

The James Suckling 2015 Chile Report included a few scores for Apaltagua wines-

  • 2013 Apaltagua Coleccion Pinot Noir- 90 points, “Aromas of spice, meat and dried strawberry. Full body and very meaty palate plus dried fruits, light tannins and a tangy finish.”
  • 2013 Apaltagua Envero Carmenere-92 points “Lots of fruit and new wood yet it’s floral and attractive. Full body, soft tannins and a flavorful finish. Clear and bright.”
    -James Suckling, July 2015

The International Wine Review reviewed three Carménères by Apaltagua for their latest article-

  • 2013 Apaltagua Carménère Reserva from Colchagua Valley, 90 points– “This may be Apaltagua’s entry level Carménère, but it doesn’t taste like it. It’s nicely balanced and pure, showing red fruit on the nose and dark cherry with an attractive herbal note on the medium weight palate. Finishes very long and flavorful.”
  • 2013 Apaltagua Envero Carménère Gran Reserva from Colchagua Valley, 92 points– “This is a beautiful Carménère, concentrated and silky smooth.”
  • 2009 Apaltagua Grial Carménère of Apalta Valley Colchagua, 91 points– “Grial is the biggest of the Apaltagua Carménère, showing a dark fruited perfume. Like the Envero, it’s silky and layered, but it’s more about power than elegance with an unctuous, slightly gritty texture. A big wine that requires food to match.”
    -International Wine Review, July 2015

Apaltagua Carmenere “Grial” 2009 is a 93 point wine, “This limited edition, high-end rendition of Carmenere shows very interesting, highly complex aromas as well as deep, authoritative flavors.”
-Michael Franz WRO, June 2014

90 points to the 2012 Apaltagua Colección Pinot Noir: “Smooth and ripe with juicy cherry and tangy acidity; bright, lush and tangy with balance and good length.”
-Anthony Dias Blue of the Tasting Panel, July 2014

2010 Apaltagua Signature Cabernet Sauvignon: “Outstanding” score, 18.75-20pts (95-100pt standard U.S. score equivalent). As reviewed by Patricio Tapia, “Ripe flavors with hint of spice and mushroom. Warm and voluptuous, minty, lovely freshness…in the glass, evolves into eucalyptus and mint with tannins building up impressive structure.”
Decanter Article -Decanter magazine, June 2013

Apaltagua’s Grial Carmenere 2008 receives a stellar 92 points! “There’s high energy emitting from this jacked-up varietal. Fig, cocoa, moss, cola and blackened fruit aromas introduce a ripped palate of high-volume cherry, plum, berry, chocolate…”
-Wine Enthusiast, February 2013

91 points awarded to 2008 Apaltagua Grial Carmenere! “Aromas of cherry cola, boysenberry and vanilla, with Indian spice . . . empathetically modern ch intense, oak-spiced fruit tones. This wine would sit nicely in a flight of high-end Napa red wines.”
-Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar, May 2012

Calcu

“Calcu is making some of Chiles best red wine values.”
-Restaurant Wine 2017

2011 Calcu Winemaker’s Selection Red Blend 91 points, “Woodsy smoky lightly herbal berry and plum aromas; Blackberry, herb and chocolate aromas are just right for this type of Cabernet blend. A lush long finish…”
–Wine Enthusiast, August 2017

2013 Calcu Gran Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 90 points, “A full package of spice, tobacco and black-fruit aromas make for an attractive opening. This feels solid and dense… Lightly stewed berry and plum aromas are backed by chocolate, cola and molasses notes on the finish.”
–Wine Enthusiast, August 2017

2014 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon 89 points, “ …dark currant and ripe dark cherry flavors. Notes of dried green herbs show on the firm and focused finish.”
–Wine Spectator, October 2017

2014 Calcu Malbec 89 points, “Well-framed flavors of dried berry and red currant, backed by fresh acidity. The firm finish lingers with gunmetal notes.”
–Wine Spectator, October 2017

Calcu wines reveiwed by Ronn Wiegand of Restaurant Wine, “A trio of terrific wines from Calcu. They are very distinct in character, balanced, and capable of developing further with modest bottle aging: round, ripe, light oakiness, sweet pepper, cherry, plum”

  • 2014 Calcu Cabernet Franc Reserva (Excellent)
  • 2014 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Excellent)
  • 2014 Calcu Malbec (Excellent+)

2010 Calcu FUTA received 93 points, “Balsamic aromas and earthy hints with spices and ripe fruit, in an elegant way, without any noticeable oak; moderate alcohol and very fine tannins. Elegant, subtle Cabernet with notable absence of the minty/eucalyptus aromas so ubiquitous in Chile. It has the balance and stuff to develop nicely in bottle.”
–Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2017

2016 Calcu Sauvignon Blanc (Excellent+), “An excellent value. It is round, fruity and herbal in character, and balanced, and crisp on the finish.”
–Restaurant Wine, July 2017

94 points– 2010 Calcu Futa (Year’s Best Cabernet & Carmenere), “Refreshing red from the Colchagua Valley, feels ample, even as it holds enough acidity to refresh every corner of the palate where this juice might wander.”
-Wine & Spirits, February 2017

2014 Calcu Cabernet Franc received 89 points, “It is fresh, with natural balance and good freshness, with fresh fruit and nothing jammy. Very tasty Cabernet Franc.”
–Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2017

2014 Calcu Carmenere received 89 points, “Elegant and not overpowering—This is simply delicious; an acute note of paprika.”
–Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2017

Patricio Tapia (Wine & Spirits Magazine) has been producing the Chilean wine guide, Descorchados, for almost twenty years. He is considered to be the Robert Parker of South America and this well-respected publication has been gaining the attention of an international audience for its critical evaluations of regional wines. Outstanding scores for Calcu wines include:

  • 92 points 2016 Calcu Rosé
  • 91 points 2014 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 91 points 2014 Calcu Cabernet Franc (Best Cabernet Franc)
  • 91 points 2016 Calcu Sauvignon Blanc
  • 90 points 2016 Calcu Carmenere

90 points! 2016 Calcu Sauvignon Blanc, “Intense aromas and a long finish.”
-International Wine Review, February 2017

Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences Bargain of the Week: 2016 Calcu Sauvignon Blanc, “White peach, gooseberry, and delicate chamomile tea aroma notes, and a relatively soft entry.”
–Dan Berger, Vintage Experiences, February 2017

Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences Bargain of the Week: 2014 Calcu Cabernet Franc, “Emphasizes distinctiveness in varietal expression; olive, thyme, and dried tarragon notes will fascinate those who understand terroir, varietal character, and earth-bound forest-floor accents.”
–Dan Berger, Vintage Experiences, February 2017

88 points- 2013 Calcu Malbec, “Candied berry aromas are clean and pleasant; solid on the palate, with a bit of reduction. Jammy plum, cassis and spice flavors finish, with an oaky shading.”
-Wine Enthusiast, December 2016

89 points- 2016 Calcu Rosé, “Pale salmon pink; smooth and juicy with clean, dry, racy fruit; bright citrus and racy acidity; lifted, lively and long.”
-Tasting Panel, Anthony Dias Blue, February 2017

2010 Calcu FUTA Cabernet Sauvignon, “Exceptional Cabernet, produced in association with Bordeaux wine consultants Jacques and Eric Boissenot (Jacques passed away in 2014).”
-Restaurant Wine 2017

2015 Calcu Sauvignon Blanc, “Excellent- Crisp, distinct (lime, lemon grass, fig), and balanced, with a zesty finish. Excellent.”
-Restaurant Wine 2017

Calcu wines reviewed in the 2016 James Suckling Report-

  • 94 points Calcu “FUTA” Cabernet Sauvignon 2010, “Bright black currant and hints of fresh herb. Violets. Complex. Full to medium body, superfine tannins and a long and intense finish. Gorgeous.”
  • 91 points Calcu Winemaker’s Selection Blend 2011, “Aromas of bark, walnut, ripe fruit and chocolate follow through to a full body, velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere and Cabernet Franc.”
  • 90 points Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, “Aromas of spice and currants follow through to a full to medium body, solid core of fruit and a bright finish. Tension.”
  • 90 points Calcu Carmenere 2013, “A fresh and linear Carmenere with dried dark fruit and fresh herb. Medium body, light tannins and a crisp finish.”
    -James Suckling, June 2016

One of Wine Spectator’s ‘TOP 20 VALUES’ for May is the 2013 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon- 89 points! “Richly spiced, with muscular dried blackberry and cherry tart flavors, and pepper notes. White pepper details show on the finish, imparting flinty accents.”
-Wine Spectator, May 2016

90 points+ Best Buy to 2014 Calcu Rosé, “Distinctly refreshing, a little mineral, filled with fresh red fruit scents and a light structure.”
-Wine & Spirits, June 2015

Decanter names the 2012 Calcu Cabernet Sauvignon one of their ‘Great Value Chilean Cabernets’ for 2015- 92 points!: “Colchagua reds tend to be generous in ripeness and opulent in body, but Calcu takes another direction. This is crunchy with nervy acidity. The red fruit flavours are seductively refreshing, showing a lovely intensity.”
-Decanter, March 2015

91 points, 2015 Calcu Sauvignon Blanc, Jerry Mead’s 2016 NWIWC
-2016 Jerry Mead’s New World International Wine Competition

The James Suckling 2015 Chile Report included a few scores for Calcu wines:

  • 2012 Calcu Malbec- 90 points, “A fresh and refined red with black berry, blueberry and hints of chocolate. Medium to full body, delicate tannins and a fresh finish.”
  • 2012 Calcu Cabernet Franc- 90 points, “Bright dried berry with a pretty hint of fresh basil. Medium body, fine tannins and a crisp finish.”
  • 2014 Calcu Rosé- 90 points, “A beautiful rosé with dried cherry, strawberry and mineral character. Full-bodied, bright and fruity. Delicious rosé that shouldn’t be missed.”
    -James Suckling, July 2015

90 Points and a Best Buy to Calcu Cabernet Franc 2010! “Dark in color, smells great; cassis, plum and black cherry aromas- ripe blackberry flavors. . . ” 
-Wine Enthusiast, November 2013

Domus Aurea

2012 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon, 94 points! “Very good freshness; tremendous concentration but overall keeping the character of the place, intensely balsamic, powerful and elegant, with notes of wild herbs and flowers.”
-Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2017

2012 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 92 points, “Ripe berry and cassis aromas are broadened by open-grain oak. This Cabernet is big: toasty chocolaty berry flavors with a full complement of oaky support maintain a chocolaty essence on a finish that confirms how whole and thorough this is.”
–Wine Enthusiast, August 2017

2012 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon (Exceptional), “Wow—best version yet of this wine.”
–Restaurant Wine, July 2017

2011 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon, 96 points, ‘Top 100 Wines of the Year,’ Best Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon!  “Never a day goes by that I do not feel fortunate to work with these vines,” says Jean Pascal Lacaze, referring to the Quebrada de Macul vineyard;The Peña family planted the vines in 1970: This Cabernet imposes its finesse with the fine point of delicate tannins. A classic Chilean Cabernet, this captures and preserves the best aspects of Andean reds.
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2016

94 Points Domus Aurea 2011, “The nose is beautiful… very good ripeness and balsamic aromas; it is showy, attractive and open. The palate shows great balance; sophisticated tannins…”
-Wine Advocate, December 2015

96 Points Domus Aurea 2010, “We’re always chasing new wines, new producers and new regions, but we should not forget the classics. 2010 Domus Aurea, from the Clos Quebrada de Macul, is a textbook Cabernet-based Maipo red in what could be their finest vintage ever. If you want to understand what Maipo is about and why it got its reputation, this is a great place to start. 2010 produced a wine of balance, combining concentration, acidity and weight.”
-Wine Advocate, December 2015

2010 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 91 points: “Inky ruby. Explosive smoke- and mineral-accented aromas of cherry compote, cassis and pipe tobacco, with a hint of violet in the background. Juicy, concentrated and nicely focused.”
-Vinous Josh Raynolds, June 2015

91 points to the 2010 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon, “Dense mid-palate with ripe and well-extracted flavors; a long spicy finish. Drink through 2019.”
-Wine Spectator, March 2015

2010 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon is a 96 points wine! Reviewed by Patricio Tapia, wine writer for Wine and Spirits Magazine, “In one of the best vintages of the history Maipo Valley, Domus shows one of the best versions. Precise acidity and tannic texture, polished and refined.”
-Descorchados 2015

2010 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon is a 92 point wine!  “Fascinating aromas of green chili and dark fruits with hints of black licorice. Full body, silky tannins and a beautiful finish. This really makes you want to drink it.”
-James Suckling Report, August 2014

92 points! Respected wine critic Stephen Tanzer reviews the 2009 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon of Maipo Valley: “Vivid ruby. A heady, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes dark berry preserves, apricot, orange zest and violet, plus vanilla and mocha overtones.”
-International Wine Cellar, February 2014

91 points! Domus Aurea 2009: “Grows in the hills of Macul (Chile) where it takes on the Andean scents of spice, cherries, herbs… ripe aromas and sweet liqueur-like scents. Pour it with lamb.
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2013

93 points to Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon 2008: “Cherry jam scents, refreshing acidity– has the gentle gracious feel that distinguishes the top Maipo cabernets: Seductively spicy and relatively light in texture.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine

96 points + Red Wine of the Year! Patricio Tapia, wine writer for Wine and Spirits Magazine, gives high honors to the 2009 Domus Aurea: “Aromas of red fruit and herbs, very elegant wine with a good mouthfeel with fine tannins.” 
-Descorchados 2013

2008 Domus Aurea Cabernet Sauvignon is awarded 94 points: “Bright ruby color and a showy nose with abundant notes of wild flowers and herbs, thyme and rosemary; complex aromas of cured meats. Oak is perfectly integrated; notes of leather, ash, balsam and Cuban cigar. The palate is polished, with fine-grained, elastic tannins… very good freshness and even better length.”
-Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2014

Domus Aurea 2007 receives an impressive 93 points. “The nose is heady, leathery and powerful, while the palate is compact, bullish and tannic. A Maipo Valley gem with length and complexity.” Named it one of the “five best Cabs and high-end blends of 2010.”
-Wine Enthusiast, December 2010 

Wine Spectator awards the 2006 Domus Aurea 92 points. “Lilting, inviting aromas of mulled mint and warm espresso lead the way for a rich but supple palette of warm fig, currant preserve and bittersweet licorice. The long, suave finish lets a loamy edge play out. Old-school and lovely.”
-Wine Spectator, Dec 2009

Wine Spectator awards the 2005 Domus Aurea 94 points! “Dark and concentrated, with alluring mint, cocoa powder and loam notes covering a muscular core of dark currant confiture and warm fig. The long, well-structured finish drips with terroir and character. The best vintage yet.”
-Wine Spectator, January 2009

The 2005 Domus Aurea receives 93 points and is named a “Cellar Selection.” “Arguably the best Domus to date. this wine is super-complete and remarkably individual. It has that classic Macul-area aromas of black olive and tobacco, but the fruit from this great vintage is elevated and pure. Look for graphite, tar, cassis, cherry and chocolate all rolled into one fine, ageable package. It’s cabernet from Chile in all its glory.
-Wine Enthusiast, May 2009 

93 points to the 2004 Domus Aurea. “Alluring, with mint, sage and warm cocoa aromas leading the way for dried currant, licorice, loam and coffee notes. There’s plenty of grip, particuarly for a 2004, with extra waves of currant and mint on the lengthy finish.”
-Wine Spectator, May 2008

A superlative 94 points for Domus Aurea 2004. 
-Wine & Spirits, June 2008 

Escarlata

89 points 2014 Escalarta Red Blend, “Fresh, fruit forward and good depth.”
-International Wine Review, February 2017

2014 Escarlata Red Blend, “Excellent- Screw cap. Fine Cabernet blend: full bodied, ripely flavored, lightly woody, and long on the finish.”
-Restaurant Wine 2017

Critics Silver Medal with 88 points, 2014 Escarlata Red Blend
-Critics Challenge International Wine and Spirits Competition 2016

Funckenhausen

89 points! 2016 Funckenhausen Malbec Blend reviewed by James Suckling, “Bright and aromatic red with lemons, blackberries and stones. Medium body and a fresh finish. A blend of Malbec, Bonarda and Syrah.”
–James Suckling, June 2017

2016 Funckenhausen Malbec Blend received a 89 point rating from Tasting Panel magazine’s Anthony Dias Blue.
–Anthony Dias Blue, April 2017

Gillmore

2013 Gillmore Mariposa 91 points, “From old vines on granite soils; very aromatic, surprisingly perfumed and with a notable absence of herbal aromas. The palate is soft and approachable with clean and tasty flavors, with very good freshness. Dry-farmed and from a cool vintage in a warm place. Really tasty.”
–Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2017

93 points, Wine & Spirits Best Buy: 2013 Gillmore Mariposa, “Vibrant in its red fruit flavor, rich in strawberry and herbal notes, electric in its acidity, a red with enough grip and density to enjoy with the most decadent of hamburgers.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, February 2017

91 points for the Gillmore Old Vines Cabernet Franc 2012; “Very zesty; plenty of cedar and spice; engaging finish of rooibos tea and flint.”
–Wine Spectator, October 2017

90 points awarded Gillmore Old Vines Cabernet Franc 2012, “Smooth and juicy with earth and spice and some herbal notes; tangy and long, fresh and balanced.”
–The Tasting Panel, August 2017

2012 Gillmore Vigno Carignan: 93 points, “Smells of cedar, balsamic notes, spice and dark fruits. Salty plum, fresh tomato, herb and spice flavors; spicy and oaky.”
Wine Enthusiast, June 2017

2012 Gillmore Hacedor de Mundos Cabernet Franc received 92 points, “Fresh and aromatic, floral and not herbal. The palate has the fine-grained, elegant tannins of the variety, and the wine has a salty side to it, with a very tasty finish.”
–Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2017

93 points, Wine & Spirits Best Buy: 2012 Gillmore Mariposa, “Dry-farmed 50/50 blend of Syrah and Merlot shows a candied side with cherry and sweet blackberry flavors. The wine’s structure of acidity and tannins prevail, offering balance and grip in a deeply flavorful, approachable red, ample and generous in body, with touches of herb.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, February 2017

90 points! 2013 Gillmore Mariposa Red Blend, “Supple and suave…”
-Vinous (Steve Tanzer), February 2017

The 2012 Gillmore Vigno is a 94 points wine in the 2017 Descorchados South American wine guide. Patricio Tapia (Wine & Spirits Magazine) has been producing the Chilean wine guide, Descorchados, for almost twenty years. He is considered to be the Robert Parker of South America and this well-respected publication has been gaining the attention of an international audience for its critical evaluations of regional wines.

2013 Gillmore Mariposa Red Blend: 92 points, “A red with dark fruits and orange peel character. Medium body, bright acidity and a tangy finish. Lots of citrus character. Vibrant acidity. Merlot with some Syrah and Cabernet Franc. Old vines. Between 60 and 80 years old.”
James Suckling, June 2016

2013 Gillmore Vigno Old Vine Carignan: 92 points, “Fresh herb and dark berry aromas with hints of wet earth. Medium to full body, firm tannins and a crisp finish. Drink now.”
James Suckling, June 2016

94 points 2012 Gillmore Vigno Carignan, “Unmistakable nose of Gillmore: flowers and aromatic herbs, hints of mint, a touch of eucalyptus… The palate shows some grainy, slightly dusty tannins; this has the stuff and acidity to develop a long time in bottle.”
-Wine Advocate, October 2015

2012 Gillmore Mariposa: 90 points, “The 2012 Mariposa is a 50/50 blend of Syrah and Merlot from San Javier in the Maule Valley- matured for one year in used barrels. No traces of oak; flowers and wild berries from a vineyard organically farmed. Dry farmed vines in a zone with constant winds and great temperature variations between night and day.”
Wine Advocate, October 2015

2011 Gillmore Vigno: 93 points, “This shows a wonderful brightness and liveliness with orange peel, dark fruit and mineral character. Full body, fine tannins and a vivid finish. Better in a year or two but drink now.”
James Suckling, August 2014

Gran Verano

89 points + Best Buy to 2014 Gran Verano Chardonnay, “Pure in it’s varietal expression, rich in aromas of pineapple and candied citrus; soft and light. Pour it by the carafe.”
-Wine & Spirits

88 points awarded to 2013 Gran Verano Cabernet Sauvignon: “Minerally and lithe, showing good cut to the crushed red fruit, anise and black olive flavors. Offers a fresh and focused finish that extends with dark chocolate notes.”
-Wine Spectator

A “Best Buy” and 87 points for Gran Verano Sauvignon Blanc. “It is rare that a boxed wine scores this well, but the Gran Verano SB is a nice, honest and clean with ample crispness and snap; fresh and cleansing.”
-Wine Enthusiast

Maquis

91 points for the Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon 2014: “Rich and finely textured; pure tasting; well-textured; savory finish.”
–Wine Spectator, October 2017

93 points! 2011 Maquis Lien Red Blend, “Carmenere and Cabernet Franc give the best result at Maquis; dark cherry, spice and mineral notes. It has powerful acidity, giving a refreshing, tense sensation.
–Wine & Spirits, June 2017

2014 Maquis Cabernet Franc received 90 points, “Better freshness and balance than in previous years, with varietal character; elegance is mainly found in the palate, where the tannins are fine and the texture very soft. It has a tasty finish. A very pleasant Cabernet Franc.”
–Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, April 2017

2014 Maquis Cabernet Franc 89 points, “Woodsy spicy plum and black-fruit aromas… with baked berry, spice and chocolate flavors. A long toasty fully oaked finish…”
–Wine Enthusiast, August 2017

Viña Maquis wines reviewed by Ronn Wiegand of Restaurant Wine (July 2017), “Wine quality is high; boosted in recent years with the contributions of leading Bordeaux vineyard and blending consultants.”

  • 2014 Maquis Carmenere (Excellent+)
  • 2014 Maquis Cabernet Sauvinon (Exceptional)
  • 2011 Maquis Lien (Exceptional)

2010 Maquis Viola (Exceptional) “A stunning Carmenere blend that is Pomerol-like in style and flavor: fleshy in texture, richly flavored, with layers of complexity (blueberry jam, plum, cherry, cedar, red licorice, herbs, spicy oak).”
–Restaurant Wine, July 2017

2011 Maquis Lien, 93 points! “Highly complex, totally compelling wine… Full-bodied, highly appealing aromas of dried herbs, cedar, and ripe dark berries, balanced fruit, fine tannins. Subtle oak and enlivened by good acidity. Nicely matured.”
–Michael Franz, Winereviewonline.com, February 2017

94 points! 2010 Maquis Lien, “Powerful even as it is angular, this weaves sweet and spicy scents into the tobacco notes… This is a great vintage for Maquis, taking Colchagua fruit–usually voluptuous and sweet–in a tart and austere direction.”
-Wine and Spirits Magazine, Februaury 2015

90 points– 2013 Maquis Carmenere (Wine & Spirits-Year’s Best Carmenere), “Fruity and spicy in equal parts. It feels fresh and vibrant, but without abandoning the sweet, charming side of the grape.”
-Wine & Spirits, February 2017

Maquis wines were tasted and reviewed for Steve Tanzer’s Vinous Chile Report 2017:

  • 91 points 2010 Maquis Viola Carmenere, “finishes smooth and quite long.”
  • 90 points 2011 Maquis Lien, “very good depth and quality.”
  • 90 points 2012 Maquis Cabernet Franc, “supple, sweet fruit with rich tenacity.”

Patricio Tapia (Wine & Spirits Magazine) has been producing the Chilean wine guide, Descorchados, for almost twenty years. He is considered to be the Robert Parker of South America and this well-respected publication has been gaining the attention of an international audience for its critical evaluations of regional wines. Outstanding scores for Maquis wines include:

  • 92 points 2014 Maquis Cabernet Franc (Best Cabernet Franc)
  • 90 points 2014 Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon

90 points! 2014 Maquis Carmenere, “richly concentrated and spicy with a long finish.”
-International Wine Review, February 2017

92 points! 2011 Maquis Lien, “Delicious!”
-International Wine Review, February 2017

95 points! 2010 Maquis “Viola” Carmenere, “supremely silky and finely textured, layered and expressive.”
-International Wine Review, February 2017

2010 Maquis Viola 93 points + Editor’s Choice! “This Carmenère-led blend opens with composed aromas of cherry, cassis and chocolate along with herbs and spice. The palate feels crisp and intense, with firm tannins and elegance.”
-Wine Enthusiast, November 2016

91 points to 2011 Maquis Lien, “Subtle aromas of dried flowers and maybe chamomile, combining floral and herbal characters. I see more freshness and poise in this 2011; the aromas are subtler and the tannins are definitely finer. The wine comes through as balanced with a long, persistent finish.”
-Wine Advocate, December 2015

90 points to 2012 Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon, “From a warm vintage, emphasizes crunchy red fruit flavors and spicy, vibrant acidity.”
-Wine & Spirits, February 2016

Maquis wines reviewed in the 2016 James Suckling Report-

  • 92 points Maquis “Franco” Cabernet Franc 2011, “Aromas of blackberry, blueberry and stone follow through to a medium body, solid core of fruit and a long and firm finish. Shows tension and focus.”
  • 92 points Maquis Viola 2011, “Aromas of blueberry, spice and stone follow through to a full body, fine tannins and a lightly austere finish. Shows depth and tension at the end. Lots of character. Carmenere and Cabernet Franc.”
  • 90 points Maquis Lien 2011, “A fruity and fresh style with linear fruit and tannins. Medium body, fine tannins and a clean finish. Carmenere, syrah, cabernet franc and petit verdot.”
  • 90 points Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, “Aromas of blueberry, black currant and hints of soft flowers. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish.”
  • 90 points Maquis Carmenere 2013, “A little lean but some good ripe berry and spice character and hints of fresh herbs.”
    -James Suckling, June 2016

The James Suckling 2015 Chile Report included a few scores for Maquis wines:

  • 2009 Maquis Viola- 94 points: “Ultra-fine tannins and a beautiful depth of fruit. Blackberry, blueberry, dark chocolate and hints of hazelnut. Full body, fine tannins and a long and flavorful finish. A blend of the best vineyards on the Maquis estate.”
  • 2011 Maquis Cabernet Franc- 91 points “Soft and silky cabernet franc with delicate plum and berry character plus hints of walnuts. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh finish. Very fine.”
  • 2010 Maquis Lien- 92 points: “Very balanced and refined with a pretty density of fruit plus soft and silky tannins. Full body, currant, berry and hints of chocolate. Very fine and delicious. Why wait? A blend of cabernet franc, syrah, carmenere and petit verdot.”
  • 2012 Maquis Carmenere- 91 points, “Typical dried dark fruits with hints of fresh herbs and flower petals. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fruity finish. Drink now.”
  • 2012 Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon- 91 points, “An attractive cabernet sauvignon with currant bush and dark berry character. Medium to full body, round tannins and a fresh finish.”
    -James Suckling, July 2015

Maquis wines were tasted and reviewed for Steve Tanzer’s Vinous Chile Report 2015:

  • 2010 Maquis “Franco” Cabernet Franc is a 92 points wine: “Vivid ruby. Potent, oak-spiced aromas of dark fruit liqueur, licorice and candied flowers, with a bright mineral flourish adding vivacity. Palate-staining blackberry and boysenberry preserves flavors deepen with aeration, picking up a smoky nuance. Closes smooth, sweet and very long, with building spiciness, gentle tannins and outstanding clarity.”
  • 2010 Viña Maquis Lien is a 90 point wine, “Bright violet color. Complex, highly perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, floral oils, mocha and licorice pastille. Juicy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and blackcurrant flavors and a subtle touch of cola.”
  • 2009 Maquis Viola, 90 points: “Vivid ruby. Potent, oak-spiced aromas of dark fruit liqueur, licorice and candied flowers, with a bright mineral flourish adding vivacity. Outstanding clarity…”
    -Vinous Josh Raynolds, June 2015

2009 Maquis Viola, Colchagua Valley, 91 points!  “A refined style ,with flavors of dark currant, raspberry and allspice that are lush and well-structured. Very creamy midpalate, featuring a finish loaded with cocoa powder and mocha notes. A big red that should match well with roasted meats.”
-Wine Spectator, May 2015

90 points! 2011 Maquis Cabernet Franc, Colchagua Valley, “A dark, cedary nose pumps out volumes of baked plum and blackberry aromas. Black cherry, dark plum and blackberry flavors are more fruity than herbal or spicy.”
-Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

90 points! Maquis 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley, “Ripe black-fruit aromas get a boost from dark spice notes. Saturated, heavy and deep in the mouth, this is a meaty wine with blackberry flavors leading herb and leathery notes. On the finish, this remains dark and driven by black fruits and firm tannins.”
-Wine Enthusiast, March 2015

93 points! 2009 Maquis Viola, “Rich in herb and tobacco notes that come together here in a delicious way.”
-Wine and Spirits Magazine, February 2015

The 2010 Maquis Lien is a 90 point wine! “This racy, fresh, cool-vintage blend is a touch rubbery on the nose, with berry and cassis undertones. A tight palate delivers a mix of dark plum, blackberry, baking spice and chocolate flavors in front of a peppery, dry, crisp finish.”
-Wine Enthusiast, December 2014

91 points awarded to the 2010 Maquis Viola: “Feels just ripe, with earthy, organic notes; no herbaceous aromas. Some black pepper and paprika; medium-bodied with abundant, dusty tannins. It feels ripe, but not overripe at all, and has great balance.”
-Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, June 2014

2010 Maquis “Franco” Cabernet Franc is awarded 92 points and is and ‘Editor’s Choice’ wine with Wine Enthusiast, “With it’s compact nose of blackberry and cassis aromas, this wine comes across as ripe and modern. In the mouth, it’s round, bouncy, tannic and exuberant, but not overdone. Flavors of blackberry and fig are smooth, while the finish is rich and ready.”
-Wine Enthusiast, August 2014

“One common theme among many recently released Chilean wines is a concerted effort by vintners to reduce oaky influences in favor of fresher flavors. ‘There are many of us that are proud of our vineyards and want to show what they can do. We want the fruit to show off, and not the barrels,’ says Maquis winemaker Ricardo Rivadeneira,”
-Wine Spectator, May 2014

2009 Maquis Lien is awarded  91 points, “Blackplum and apple-skin aromas; properly tannic and loamy in feel. Dark-leaning flavors of licorice, peppery spice, chocolate and herbs finish with classic Chilean notes of black olive and tobacco.”
-Wine Enthusiast, May 2014

2011 Maquis Cabernet Sauvignon is a 91 point wine,  “The dark chocolate and mint flavors mix easily in this velvety red, which is very creamy, with plenty of lift to the Asian spice notes. The long, lush finish is supported by medium-grained tannins, featuring a minerally essence.”
-Wine Spectator, May 2014

92 points– 2010 Maquis Franco of Colchagua Valley: “Raised in all new French oak: Opaque ruby, aromas of dark berry preserves, licorice, black tea and vanilla with a smoky nuance… Rich but lively on the palate, offering intense black and blue fruit flavors… This suave cab franc is delicious now but has the depth to age.”
-International Wine Cellar, February 2014

The Maquis Lien 2007 “is really showing thunder. Extremely well made. Extremely good. A killer wine!” 90 points.
-Wine Library TV Host Gary Vaynerchuk, July 2011 

Maquis Lien 2006 awarded 90 points. “Excellent balance, forward, and tasty.” One of the World’s Best Value Wines Under $25.
-Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, October 2010

Michael Franz of winereviewonline.com awards the ’06 vintage 91 points and names it “Wine of the Year,” describing it as a “phenomenal over-achiever showing the complexity, texture and overall class of a much more expensive wine.”
Michael Franz WRO, Jan 2010

Marichal

“In Uruguay there are small wine estates crafting wines of real character and interest, and Marichal Winery is one estate worth looking out for.”
Wall Street Journal, August 2013

Marichal 2014 Premium Varietal Tannat 90 points This is an unwooded Tannat made from a mix of clones. It offers fresh dark cherry and plum with a hint of tobacco leaf. It has soft tannins and rich flavors. Very well-made.
-International Wine Review, April 2016

Wine Enthusiast reviews Marichal:

  • Marichal 2013 Reserve Collection Tannat 88 points, “Oaky aromas rest on top of raisin, blackberry scents… full and tannic; plum and berry flavors.”
  • Marichal 2014 Premium Varietal Tannat 87 points, “Reticent berry aromas, dusty. This Tannat feels healthy but regular, with a medium-bodied palate… plum and berry flavors are lightly herbal on the finish.”
    -Wine Enthusiast December 2016

International Wine Review April 2016 scores and reviews-

  • Marichal 2013 Reserve Collection Pinot Noir/Tannat 90+ points A very attractive 70/30 blend of Pinot Noir and Tannat… Very flavorful with good depth and length.
  • Marichal 2013 Reserve Collection Tannat 91 points Layers of dark fruit with tobacco and herbal notes, finishing long and smooth. 70 percent of the wine is aged in barrel for 12 months, 30% new.
  • Marichal 2013 Grand Reserve Tannat “A” 92 points Marichal’s top wine comes from a 40 year old, single vineyard. It’s a rich, ripe wine with an intriguing, complex nose of primary fruit, chocolate, rosemary and mint. The palate is silky smooth and dense with excellent depth of flavor—dark cherry. Made from one of the first French Tannat clones planted in Uruguay.
    -International Wine Review, April 2016

International Wine Review on Marichal wines:

  • Marichal Tannat 2011 Reserve Collection, 89 points: “The Tannat Reserve is quite a step up from the regular Tannat bottling. It offers a spicy perfumed nose and a balanced, somewhat earthy, medium weight palate of black raspberry and spice notes. Of special note is the wine’s silky texture. About 70% of the wine is aged in oak for 12 months.”
  • Marichal 2011 Pinot Noir/Tannat Reserve Collection, 90 points: “This wine has a very interesting blend that is surprisingly successful. It’s a mix of 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Tannat with about two-thirds of the wine aged in oak for 10 months. It reveals a pleasant red fruited bouquet and good richness of plum and dark cherry on a beautifully balanced palate, finishing with firm tannins. Excellent value!”
  • Marichal 2011 Tannat Grand Reserve “A,” 91 points: “The Grand Reserve is riper and denser than the other Marichal Tannats. It has an unctuous, dried fruit character not unlike Amarone. This ultra-premium 100% Tannat is richly flavored with dried fruit and baking spice notes complementing fresh dark fruit, finishing firm and dry with a lingering mocha accent.”
    —International Wine Review, October 2014

Meli

2016 Meli Riesling received a 90 point rating from Tasting Panel magazine’s Anthony Dias Blue.
–Anthony Dias Blue, April 2017

2014 Meli Carignan, 88 points: “Floral cherry and plum aromas are inviting. This Carignan is fleshy and wide in body.”
-Wine Enthusiast, March 2017

The 2014 Meli Carignan is a 91 points wine in the 2017 Descorchados South American wine guide. Patricio Tapia (Wine & Spirits Magazine) has been producing the Chilean wine guide, Descorchados, for almost twenty years. He is considered to be the Robert Parker of South America and this well-respected publication has been gaining the attention of an international audience for its critical evaluations of regional wines.

91 points + Best Buy: 2013 Meli Carignan: “Adriana Cerda crafts this wine from one of the oldest Carignan vineyards in Chile, planted in 1949: Meli presents the fruit in a light and refreshing style, radiant with red fruit and delicious in its simplicity.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2016

92 points Meli Carignan 2013, “Cool red with dried berry, fresh herb and bark aromas and flavors. Medium body, firm tannins and a crisp finish.”
-James Suckling Report, June 2016

92 points! 2012 Meli Dueño de la Luna Carignan: “It has a very Mediterranean nose with aromas of esparto grass and other aromatic herbs, and that lovely rusticity… developing very fresh and showy notes of violets. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, clean, defined flavors and a very fresh finish. This is one of the more voluptuous Carignan..”
-Wine Advocate, December 2015

94 points! 2012 Meli Dueño de la Luna Carignan: “A dense and fruity wine with silky, very fine tannins and lemon rind. Full body, juicy fruit and wonderful depth and intensity. Pure Carignan. Best fruit from the vineyard. One of the best carignans I have ever tasted.”
-James Suckling, July 2015

91 points! 2012 Meli Dueño de la Luna Carignan: “Deep ruby with a bright rim. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe red and dark berries, licorice and smoky Indian spices. Sappy and penetrating on the palate, offering bitter cherry and black raspberry flavors that put on weight with air. Fine-grained tannins build slowly on the finish, which strongly echoes the cherry and spice notes. These ungrafted vines are reportedly over 70 years old.”
-Vinous Josh Raynolds, June 2015

Meli wines receives high praises from James Suckling (long time, former wine writer at Wine Spectator) in his Chile Report for August 2014 on JamesSuckling.com:

  • 93 points: 2012 Meli Dueño de la Luna Carignan: “A wonderful carignan with raspberry, blueberry and mineral character plus hints of roses. Full body, fine tannins and long finish. Serious and bright. All in balance. From old vines.”
  • 90 points 2012 Meli Carignan: “A spicy and balanced red with blueberries, blackberries and hints of slate. Full to medium body, fresh acidity and a clean finish. A stylish red.”
    -JamesSuckling.com, August 2014

92 points + a ‘Best Buy’ awarded to 2012 Meli Carignan! “Made from old vines planted in the 1960s, this takes a light, fresh approach, focused on fruit rather than pushing for superconcentration. With its pure, juicy ripe cherry flavor, it could bolster a plate of grilled sausages or develop for a few years in the cellar.”
-Wine & Spirits Magazine, June 2014

91 points awarded to Meli’s Dueño de la Luna 2009 Carignan, courtesy of Robert Parker’s, the Wine Advocate: “100% varietal aged in seasoned oak; fuller in body, richer and more layered than the (Meli) Carignan cuvee, enough structure to evolve for several years.”
-The Wine Advocate

Vina Penalolen

90 points! 2014 Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon, “sweet fruits, very good concentration.”
-International Wine Review, February 2017

2014 Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon, “Excellent-  Extremely aromatic, this is a supple, fairly rich Cabernet with very good balance, light tannin, and a very long finish.”
-Restaurant Wine 2017

The 2014 Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon is a 92 points wine in the 2017 Descorchados South American wine guide. Patricio Tapia (Wine & Spirits Magazine) has been producing the Chilean wine guide, Descorchados, for almost twenty years. He is considered to be the Robert Parker of South America and this well-respected publication has been gaining the attention of an international audience for its critical evaluations of regional wines.

2013 Viña Peñalolen Cabernet Sauvignon is a 90 point wine! “This feels ripe and full in body; flavors of black cherry, cassis, fig and chocolate end with heady, toasty heat and a rich sense of extraction.”
-Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

2011 Penalolen Cabernet Sauvignon is awarded 91 points accompanied by a nice review : “Features a core of powerful currant, cherry and raspberry flavors, with subtle minty notes… Pepper and spice accents define the elegant finish.
-Wine Spectator, December 2013

Ricardo Santos

91 points to the Ricardo Santos Malbec! “There is a select group of under-$20 Malbecs from Argentina that really do the country and the variety proud. Santos is one of them.”
-Wine Enthusiast

90 points! 2015 Ricardo Santos Malbec reviewed by James Suckling, “Berries, cherries and hints of spices with some walnuts. Medium body, fine tannins and a fresh finish.”
–James Suckling, June 2017

2015 Ricardo Santos Malbec (Exceptional), “Outstanding Malbec: full bodied, intensely flavored, lightly oaky, and balanced”
–Restaurant Wine, July 2017

91 points! 2011 Ricardo Santos Gran Reserve Malbec reviewed by James Suckling, “A juicy and fruity wine with hints of coffee, toasted oak and plenty of berry character. Medium to full body. Chewy texture.”
–James Suckling, June 2017

2016 Ricardo Santos Semillon receives 90 points in the upcoming issue of Tasting Panel Magazine.
–Anthony Dias Blue, May 2017

2014 Ricardo Santos Malbec, “Excellent- Very fine quality: supple, ripely flavored, and full bodied, excellent balance, and a very long finish.”
-Restaurant Wine 2017

90 points! for 2013 Ricardo Santos Malbec, “This ripe Malbec offers jammy blueberry aromas that hint at raisin but pull back in the nick of time. A round pulpy palate is home to black cherry, berry and plum flavors supported by loamy earthy notes.”
-Wine Enthusiast, February 2016

91 pts! 2009 Ricardo Santos El Gran Malbec “Lots of fruit as a Malbec should have with hints of raisins but it shows some balance with hints of wood and spice. Full body, ripe tannins and a medium finish. Juicy and flavorful. ”
-James Suckling, June 2015

2012 Ricardo Santos Malbec receives 90 points from Anthony Dias Blue: “Dark and juicy with spice and earthy notes; plum, cassis and bright acidity; dense and long.” 
-The Tasting Panel, November 2014

Ricardo Santos’ 2011 Semillon is one of Wine Spectator’s 13 Great Values from Argentina, “An earthy undertone . . . peach and melon fruit, which framed by layers of spice and vanilla.
-Wine Spectator, May 2012 

Ricardo Santos is a “legend of wine-making” and “the prophet of Malbec.” His 2009 Malbec has “a sophisticated weighty finish coupled with an elegant silkiness.”
-Argentina Wine Review, February 18, 2012

Tercos

90 points! 2016 Tercos Torrontes reviewed by James Suckling, “Aromas of dried peaches and apples with hints of salt. Medium to full body and a juicy finish.”
–James Suckling, June 2017

93 points! 2015 Tercos Bonarda, “A sexy bonarda with fresh mushroom, blackberry and smoke. Full and tight with lots of dark fruit, soya, and cooked shiitake mushroom. Very long and flavorful.”
-James Suckling Report, May 2016

2015 Tercos Torrontes, “Excellent- Intensely flavored, supple, and full bodied, this is a dry Torrontes with excellent depth of flavor.
-Restaurant Wine 2017

The 2013 Tercos Malbec was awarded a GOLD MEDAL by the New World  International Wine Competition 2015 (NWIWC). Tercos Malbec was also judged to be ‘Best of Varietal’ and ‘Best of Class’ at the NWIWC this year.
-Jerry Mead’s New World  International Wine Competition 2015

Tercos Malbec 2009 is Dan Berger’s “Bargain of the Week.” It has “nice bright blueberry fruit, a trace of new mown hay, and a note of pomegranate. Richer in the mid-palate than many wines priced this low” … The Tercos Torrontés 2010 is also named a “Bargain of the Week,” called an “amazing Gerwurz look-alike, with wild spice. dry, broad mid-palate and perfectly suited for curry and other Asian dishes.”
-Dan Berger’s Vintage Experiences

William Cole & Albamar

Albamar wines reviewed in the 2016 James Suckling Report-

  • 91 points Albamar Chardonnay 2015, “Bright and lively Chardonnay with plenty of dried apple and lemon aromas and flavors. Medium body. Clean finish.”
  • 90 points Albamar Sauvignon Blanc 2015, “Stone and sliced lemon aromas and flavors. Light body, crisp acidity and a long and flavorful finish.”
  • 90 points Albamar Pinot Noir 2015, “A fresh and bright red with dried strawberry and leather aromas and flavors. Medium body plus raspberry, citrus and mineral undertones.”
    -James Suckling, June 2016

Albamar wines reviewed by Ronn Wiegand of Restaurant Wine (July 2017), “Both wines have screw cap closures, are unwooded, and are terrific values… full bodied and balanced aromas/flavors.”

  • 2016 Albamar Chardonnay (Excellent+)
  • 2016 Albamar Sauvignon Blanc (Exceptional)

2015 Albamar Pinot Noir (Exceptional), “Great value: a supple, full bodied, crisp, and moderately intense Pinot Noir that is distinct (raspberry, cherry, cranberry, rosehips, peach), balanced, and medium long on the finish. Hard to beat at the price.”
–Restaurant Wine, July 2017

2013 William Cole Columbine Special Reserve Pinot Noir- 90 points, “A light, fresh and clean pinot noir with sliced berry and orange peel character. Medium body, bright finish.”
-James Suckling, July 2015

2014 Albamar Pinot Noir- “You rarely see a drinkable Pinot Noir for this price.”
-Dan Berger’s Bargain of the Week, July 2015

89 points– 2015 Albamar Sauvignon Blanc: “Lush peach nose; juicy and tangy with citrus and lively acidity; fresh, balanced and long.”
-Tasting Panel, April 2016

The Silver Medal is awarded to Albamar Sauvignon Blanc 2014 , in the Sunset International Wine Competition 2015. Congratulations!
-Sunset Magazine, June 2015

2014 Albamar Chardonnay- 90 points, “A bright and beautiful chardonnay with an attractive combination of dried mango, pineapple and green apple, lemon character.”
-James Suckling, July 2015

5 Star Rating (Exceptional):
2013 Albamar Sauvignon Blanc; “Extremely distinct in character (lime, passion fruit, pineapple, guava, grapefruit), medium bodied, crisp, and long on the finish.”
-Restaurant Wine, August 2014

5 Star Rating (Exceptional):
2013 Albamar Chardonnay; “A crisp, full bodied Chardonnay with a long palate impression, good balance, and a very persistent finish, tasting of pear, grapefruit, and peach.”
-Restaurant Wine, August 2014

Congratulations! 2012 Albamar Sauvignon Blanc wins a GOLD MEDAL in the 2013 Sunset magazine wine competition.
-Sunset Magazine 2013

William Cole wines get high scores from Patricio Tapia, wine writer for Wine & Spirits Magazine in Descorchados 2013:

  • 92 points– 2010 William Cole Columbine Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: “Rich notes of spice and red fruit flavors. Unique acidity for a Cabernet from Colchagua.”
  • 91 points– 2012 William Cole Columbine Reserve Sauvignon Blanc: “Juicy citrus flavors, perfect with Japanese food or on its own.”
  • 90 points– 2011 William Cole Columbine Reserve Pinot Noir: “Fresh and focused on a balance of fruit and acidity in the mouth.”