88(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2010
($12) Vivid ruby. Sexy aromas of raspberry and candied cherry are complicated by spicecake and dried rose. Youthfully clenched on entry, then gains sweetness with air and shows lively red fruit and candied rose flavors. Dusty tannins arrive on the finish and close things down but this nicely balanced wine offers good depth of flavor.
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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