87 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2009
($8) Bright red. Fresh strawberry and raspberry on the nose, with accents of cracked pepper and baking spices. Lively red berry flavors display good concentration and are framed by silky tannins. Delivers a lot of sweet fruit for the money and finishes with good spicy persistence.
Virtually every wine region in Chile benefits from proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the cooling Humboldt Current that flows up from the South Pole. Although Chile extends more than 2,000 miles from north to south, its grape-growing regions are clustered in the center of the country, where rainfall is concentrated during the winter months, and where an absence of fungal diseases makes for relatively carefree grape-farming.
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